Posted: Tuesday, August 3, 2021. 9:24 pm CST.
By Rubén Morales Iglesias: Amado Cruz finished 5th in Heat 5 of the Canoe Sprint – Men’s Kayak Single 200m Heat 5 at the Sea Forest Waterway against four other competitors from Samoa, Argentina, Serbia, and Lithuania. Cruz clocked 39.64 seconds.
The winner of the heat was Strhinja Stefanovic of Serbia in 34.996. He and second-place Rubén Rezola of Argentina (35.059) qualified to the semifinals.
Cruz and the other two will have another shot at the semifinals when they compete in the quarterfinals later tonight. Cruz will compete in Heat 3 at 9:22 pm (12:22 pm, Wednesday, August 4, Japan).
25 athletes participated in five heats.
Cruz’s second race tonight will be Belize’s last participation at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics .
Before tonight’s race, Cruz had already competed in the Men’s Kayak Single 1000m on Sunday evening (Monday morning in Japan). He clocked 4 minutes, 13.080 seconds finishing in the 5th position in the preliminary sprint at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.
Then, in the quarterfinals the same night, Cruz crossed the finish line in 4 minutes, 15.262 seconds in the 6th position. Balint Kopasz of Hungary won the gold medal in the event in 3:20.643 setting a new Olympic Record.
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