Fischer’s Olympic prospects ‘slim’, Estanguet in

Birgit Fischer
Birgit Fischer

As reported here at the weekend, the chances of multiple Olympic champion canoeist Birgit Fischer making it to the start line in London are looking slim.

This follows confirmation from her doctors that she has a previously undiagnosed heart condition.

A report by the press agency AP confirms that she cannot take part in the German team selection regatta but could come back later.

She’ll only be able to do so if she’s producing outstanding results, however, and then only via a wildcard entry, according to the country’s national team coach Reiner Kiessler.

Most observers reckon this all but rules Fischer out of an historic seventh Olympic canoe medal bid.

Meanwhile, the French former Olympic slalom champion Tony Estanguet has scraped into the national team after selections in Pau, France on Friday.

Estanguet got off to a ropey start and appeared to be on the way out but after three qualification races  qualified for the London Games by beating Denis Gargaud-Chanut, the 2011 world champion.

Estanguet, 33,  who came just 9th in Beijing was world champion in 2009 and 2010. He had the best results after three qualification races in the week.

Elsewhere, Britain’s top paddlers in slalom and sprint will be racing for selections this weekend. Canoe slalom athletes will race on the Olympic slalom course in Lee Valley while sprint canoeists will trek up to Nottingham for a regatta that will decide who goes to the international events that take place this year before the London Olympic regatta.

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