Brazil 2016: Canoeing Preview

Rio Olympics 2016 canoeing preview

Olympics: Canoeing 

It is one of the most intense and physically demanding sports you will see at the Olympics. With whitewater gushing into their eyes contestants try to navigate their way through gates and have to draw upon all their strength as they try paddle their way through the powerful current. Men compete in single and double canoe along with kayak while women race in kayak only.

The main difference between the two disciplines is that competitors in canoe kneel to paddle while that are seated in the kayaks. The slalom events will be held at the Whitewater Stadium in Deodoro while the sprint events will be stage at Lagoa Stadium in Copacabana. There will be high hopes for the Aussies with the team having several medal hopes including Jessica Fox in the women’s K1.

Men’s Canoe

Men’s Slalom C1
Brit David Florence won silver in Beijing but The Wolf believes his time has finally come. He became World Champion in C1 for the second time in his career in 2015. The 33 year old says he would have retiring if he had been accepted for the European Space Agency and pursued his dream to fly into space. Instead he will turn all of his focus to Rio where he will go for gold in the C1 and C2. With top ranked Slafkovsky not in the field the door is wide open. Frenchman Denis Chanut has been super consistent this season and showed great form with a second place finish in Spain. The winner will come out of this pair.
Best: David Florence ($7.00)
Other: Denis Gargaut-Chanut ($6.50)

Men’s Slalom C2
The Hoschschorner twins from Slovakia had a stranglehold on this event for over a decade with gold medal wins in Sydney, Athens and Beijing. They were knocked off their perch in London where they managed bronze and have left this category wide open since their retirement. In 2016 French teams had dominated the World Cup meets, winning all three of them. Their experienced pair of Klauss and Peche will fly the flag for them in Rio and they look to build on their 4th place result in London. They are the reigning World Champions and have 4 titles to their names. The pair have been friends since childhood and as the number 1 ranked pair will start last in the heats. Also keep an eye on the German pair of Anton and Benzien who have been right behind the French pair over the last 18 months.
Best: France ($3.75)
Value: Germany ($8.00)

Men’s C1 200m
As it is over such a short distance the C1 200m category is sure to throw a spanner in the works. Penalties are sure to be a telling factor for athletes and a clean run will go a long way to a podium finish and a medal. The Wolf says to steer clear of Qiang and the shorts and has found huge value about Benavides. At the World Cup meet in Duisburg earlier in the year he was one of the fastest in the heats before posting the fastest time in the semi’s – more than half a second better than the field. In the final he was edged out by less than a tenth of a second and at this price you want to be on!
Best: Alfonso Benavides ($19)
Other: Zustautas ($7.00)

Men’s C1 1000m
Germany’s Sebastian Brendel is the stringest in the field but since his victory in London the field is definitely closiong the gap. Moldova’s Serghei Tarnovschi has emerged as a legitimite contender and has the German looking over his shoulder. Brendel’s stamina is his real strength but both Tarnovschi and local hope Dos Santos have plenty of speed. The Brazilian posted on of the fastest times at the first Worlc Cup meet of the season and the fact that he failed to finish the final has seen him fly under the radar. He will have more experience on the course than any of the other contestants making him real value for gold. Brendel is the one to beat but at the odds on quote the Wolf will continue to shop for value in canoeing.
Best: Serghei Tarnovshci ($6.00)
Value: Isaquias Queiroz Dos Santos ($15)

Men’s C2 1000m
The Brazilian pair of Correa and Oliveira will start favourite in the C2 and it is yet another indication why we should be backing Dos Santos in the C1. They will use the course knowledge to their advantage and the crowd support will no doubt be like a motor on the back of their canoe. The price about the Ukranian side is over the odds, especially with recent wins next to their name. Look for them to be one of the fastest in the closing sector.
Best: Brazil ($2.75)
Other: Ukraine ($8.00)

Men’s Kayak

Men’s Slalom K1
Veteran Peter Kauzer has been a dominant force in the sport but has failed on the biggest stage. He was 13th in Beijing and as one of the favourites in London managed only 6th in the final after posting the fastest time in the semi’s. Czech Jiri Prskavec scooped the K1 at the World Championships last season winning both the individual and teams events. There will also be Aussie interest will Lucien Delfour a medal chance.
Best: Jiri Prskavec ($5.00)

Men’s K1 200m
A new addition to the Olympics in London, Canadian Mark de Jonge is the man to beat after collection bronze 4 years ago. If we are to go off form though it is Frenchman Maxime Beaumont who has been the more consistent of the pair. He and Britain’s Liam Heath have both beat out de Jonge in the lead up to Rio. The Wolf says they will both finish in front of him again.
Best: Maxime Beaumont ($3.25)
Other: Liam Heath ($4.33)

Men’s K1 1000m
Speed, power, technique and stamina are all required in this discipline. Poulse tops the betting but The Wold can see cracks in his armour. Poulsen saved his best for the final in Duisburg earlier this year but on that day it was Hoff and Pajic which caught the Wolf’s eye. They posted some of the fastest times of the day and after Pajic was fastest in his semi an upset was on the cards. Pajic was also fastest over the first half of the course in the final before penalties cost him in the final section of the course. At $34 he is a great bet. The Wolf says to back the Serbian at odds and Hoff, the bronze medalist form London.
Best: Max Hoff ($6.00)
Dejan Pajic: ($34)

Men’s K2 200m
The Hungarian pair of Totka and Molnar have been strong all season long and have been preparing specifically for this event. It will take some effort to topple them but if Beaumont can bring his form from the K1 along with him the French definitely have the ability to be at the top of the podium.
Best: Hungary ($3.75)
Value: France ($10)

Men’s K2 1000m
Can anyone dethrone the Germans… They beat out the Australian pair at last year’s World Championships by almost a full second with Serbia and Slovakia close behind. The Aussie pair of Wallace and Tame will give themselves every chance but The Wolf cannot see them coming up with the goods on the day. They may push too hard early in an attempt to set a time which could see them fade in the final section. Slovakia are the team at odds.
Best: Germany ($1.80)
Value: Slovakia ($15)

Men’s K4 1000m
This is the best chance for any Aussie male to score gold in the whitewater and as the defending champions from London they are every chance at back to back gold. They have been the dominant team over the last 5 years and with a very strong pair coming out of the K2 Kenny Wallace could find himself with multiple medals.
Best: Australia ($3.00)
Value: Belarus ($10)

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