STA, 23 August 2019 - The Slovenian pair of Špela Ponomarenko Janić and Anja Osterman won the silver medal in the women's 200m event at the ICF Canoe Sprint World Championships in Hungary's Szeged on Friday, finishing half a second behind the winning Belarusian boat.
Until today, the Slovenian pair had been undefeated in this discipline this year. They were somewhat slow to start the race but managed to make their way to the second place and their second medal together at world championships.The race starts at about 1 hour 10 minutes in
For Ponomarenko Janić, the fourth placed canoeist in the women's individual 200m at the 2016 Rio Olympics, this is the fifth medal at world championships.
As the 200m for pairs is not an Olympic discipline, Saturday's finals in the 500m discipline for pairs will be even more important for Ponomarenko Janić and Osterman, as they will try to earn a berth for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
The pair, which had the best time in the semi-finals, will need to finish in the top six to do so.