|Barrios, in white, on the wash of Contreras. Foto: Fotoyos|
The two short laps, in front of the large crowd that filled the banks of the CAR of La Cartuja, accentuated the feeling that Eva Barrios was keeping her bullets for later, while Contreras and Pedruelo were taking turns on the mark. On the second wash were also unknown the intentions of Begoña Lazkano, which seemed to be waiting for her time, while Ana Martinez seemed already be paying the effort after setting the pace all the first lap.
Still a group of 7 paddlers made the last turn with just 500 meters to go. But there Eva Barrios appeared and imposed a very strong pace. Nuria Villacé lost contact at that point and then sprint splitted in two lines of three: a first one for the medals with Pedruelo, Barrios and Contreras; and a second one with the U23 paddlers Lazkano and Martínez, as Villacé seemed relegated to bronze in this category.
Finally, despite the efforts of Pedruelo and Contreras, Eva Barrios knew how to impose her strong paddle and entered the finish line as winner with Pedruelo in silver position and Contreras taking the bronze. A few yards behind Begoña Lazkano (the 19 year old hope coached by Ekaitz Saies) became fourth absolute and U23 gold by just half kayak on Ana Martinez Sanjurjo, silver medalist, staying Nuria Villacé with the U23 bronze medal. Behind, in a string of paddlers, came Ainara Portela, Elena Monleón, Tania Fernandez, Carla Perez, etc ... realizing that the future of women's kayak is more than assured by this young generation of paddlers when it comes the time to substitute Manchón, Portela, Smidakova and company.
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