Thursday, 2 May 2013

César de Cesare, main character at the Southamerican Sprint Championships in Chile

César de Cesare at the London 2012 Olympics.
After the Canoeing South American Championship, held last week in the Chilean city of Valparaiso, South American national federations have been able to configure their teams in preparation for the upcoming World Cups. With the absence of Argentines Correa and Rezola, already preparing World Cups and World Championship, wanting to improve this year the magnificent 5th place from London 2012, the star was undoubtedly the Ecuatorian César de Cesare, who won with authority K1 200 final (sadly with just 4 participants) and repeating the gold medal in the K2 with Yautung Cueva.

De Cesare is attempting this year to forget the bad taste left after not being in the London Olympic final as everybody expected, where he could only manage to become fourth in the B final. He certainly has his eyes on the World Championships at Duisburg in August, where he will try to get back into the A final and who knows if claiming a medal.

Interestingly, along with the sprint competition was also held the marathon, which was won by Martin Mozzicafredo (ARG) in K1, beating by just one second his compatriot Santiago Scalesi. But the way of granting medals in this championship is somewhat curious, because although the competitions are open (to 3 and 4 boats from the same country), the medals were given to representatives from different countries, so the silver medal went to Jesus Comenares (VEN) and bronze for Orlando Latorre (who figures here as Ecuatorian paddler, but in the list of sprinting he appears as Uruguayan... continue to investigate). 
In K2, Argentina also got victory through Franco Balboa and Pascual Orellana, ahead of brothers Caffa, also from Argentina.
If anyone is curious to check the complete listings of races, somewhat different from what we are accustomed, can consult this link.

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