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Kauzer European champion in kayak K1, team wins bronze

Prague, 2 June - Slovenian slalom canoeist Peter Kauzer won the gold medal in the men's kayak K1 event at the European Canoe Slalom Championships in Prague on Saturday. The Slovenian team featuring Kauzer, Martin Srebotnik and Niko Teste meanwhile won bronze.

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Slovenia's Peter Kauzer finishes 6th in the K1 event at the European Canoe Slalom Championships
Photo: An┼że Malovrh/STA

With a time of 91.02 seconds and no penalty points, the 34-year-old finished ahead of Czechs Vit Prindis (+0.51) and Jiri Prskavec (+0.85).

This is individual gold number two for Kauzer at the European championships, after 2010 in Bratislava. The Slovenian also has two silvers from 2005 and 2007.

At the world championships, Kauzer won two golds (in 2009 and 2011) and a bronze in 2017. He also has a silver medal from the 2016 Olympics in Rio.

"I'm very happy ans surprised. I never won in Prague before and today it was a really the best opportunity for me to win," he told reporters after the race.

Later today, the Slovenian team comprising Kauzer, Martin Srebotnik and Niko Teste won the bronze medal in the men's kayak K1 team competition, finishing behind the winners Czech Republic and silver-medallists Poland.

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