Gates on Adda river awarded the points of the second day at the World Rafting Championships in Valtellina, Italy. Red gates were paired (4 5 7 8 11 12 ) and forced the 30 nations to paddle challenging ferries for the Slalom podium.
In the men category the game turned in favour of Italy 1: after a touch on the 1st manche, Lorenzo Mastella, Pietro Fratton, Fabio Martini and Zeno Martini closed a golden run in 132,30 seconds in the second.
Japan 1 follows with a clean run with a 2 seconds gap: Taro Hando, Tohru Kanaya, Akira Nakano, Satoshi Koizumi and Keita Yagisawa got the silver with 134,81 seconds.
Brazil 1 (William Ferraz, Thiago Diniz Barne Ganeo, Pedro Aversa and Thiago Saldanha Serra) closes the podium with 135,32.
In Women category Italy 1 defends the highest step of the podium: the Downriver winners Sara Amonini, Francesca Leonardi, Francesca Fontanive and Silvia Venturini stopped the chrono at 169,18.
3 seconds later Japan 1 (Masayo Abe, Hiromi Asai, Hanako Ita and Machiko Nakahashi) follows with 172,59. Bronze Chile closes the podium with 174,97: Camila Ortega Llancafilo, Paloma Molina, Nicole Plagemann, Yarela Munoz and Carla Barrientos.
Italian dominance continues in the Para Rafting podium: despite 1 touch and a 5 second penalty Italy 1 (Carlo Benciolini, Marco Montagna, Riccardo Novella and Dario Morandi) leads with 168,47 seconds.
Slalom silver to Italy 2 with a clean run by Rosario Sperandini, Salvatore Cutaia, Giordi Sarteur and Riccardo Colombo: 170,64.
Franco Gutierrez, Rodrigo Toledo, Matias Cavieres and Sebastian Acevedo from Chile 1 close the podium with 316,43.
Home advantage prevails also in the Mix category. The only team to score a better result in the first run is Italy 2, who didn’t hold back in the first heat and took home a golden 146,67. Italy 1 on the second step of the podium with 147,89: Lorenzo Mastella, Zeno Martini, Giada Debon and Maria Martini.
Silver mix for Italy 1 with 147,89 seconds earned by Fabio Martini, Dario Morandi, Francesca Leonardi and Sara Amonini 147,89
Bronze medal to Colombia 1 150,28 William Delgado, Luswing Millan, Milyei Nunez and Milagros Morales.
Tomorrow the RX will decide everything starting at 9.30: follow the knock out that will crown the World Champions 2023 here: