STA, 29 May 2022 - Canoeist Benjamin Savšek, Slovenia's reigning Olympic champion, won his fourth title as European champion at the Canoe Slalom European Championships in Liptovsky Mikulas, Slovakia, on Sunday, for what is Slovenia's 15th gold at European championships.
"The feeling is great, being champion for the fourth time. I pulled off an excellent run on the hard route, which will make me even more motivated going forward," the 35-year-old Ljubljana athlete said after the feat.
This is Savšek's fifth medal at European championships, which matches the tally of Peter Kauzer, another Slovenian C-1 white water specialist. Savšek also has gold from the 2017 World Championship in France's Pau.
In the semis today, Savšek was still cautions, coming in 6th without touching a pole. He made up for the lag in the final heat, improving his time by more than three seconds.
He had previously already won European championships in 2015, 2019 and 2020.