Slovenia’s Benjamin Savsek won gold in the men’s canoe slalom on Monday ahead of silver medal winner Lukáš Rohan from the Czech Republic.
Savsek finished the race in 98.25 seconds. He was followed by Rohan in 101.96 seconds. The bronze medal went to Sideris Tasiadis of Germany in 103.70 seconds, who was a silver medalist in the 2012 London Games.
Savsek is ranked No. 7 in the world. He knew he had the time to beat after a clean run with no time penalties, and pumped his first as he crossed the finish line. He didn’t have long to wait to see his time of 98.25 seconds hold up as the winner.
Rohan’s run included a gate touch and 2-second penalty and he finished 3.71 seconds off the lead. Tasiadis, who came in ranked No. 1 in the world and won silver in 2012, was a distant 5.45 seconds slower than Savsek.
Born in Mělník in 1995, Lukáš Rohan has been competing in water slalom for the past 10 years.
He has won three medals at the European Championships including a silver medal in the C1 event at the 2020 European Championships in Prague and a silver and a bronze medal in the C1 team event at the 2014 and 2018 events, respectively.
He has also won a myriad of medals at the U23 and Junior levels in both C1 and C2.
Lukáš earned his best senior world championship result, of 26th, at the 2019 ICF Canoe Slalom World Championships in La Seu d’Urgell.