The canoeists José Ramalho in K1 and Sérgio Maciel in C1 are strong contenders for medals in the World Cup marathon, which runs from Friday to Sunday in Baerum, Norway.
"The expectations are good regarding Ramalho, although there are some conditions. There will be a new boat and temperatures are very low, with a minimum of four degrees. Still, he will always fight for the medals, "assured the selector Rui Câncio, referring to the athlete six times champion of Europe.
As for Sérgio Maciel, the Under-23 world champion, the task of getting on the podium is more complicated, since he will compete with the seniors, since in the World Cups there is no step.
"It will be a learning experience for Sergio. It will also assess its level at this time of year and gain international competitive experience, "added Rui Câncio.
This competition will take place in the same place that in 2020 will be held the World Championship marathon, between 26 and 30 August.
"It is always important to know the location, namely the conditions associated with wind and ripple," he added.
This year, the European Championship takes place in Decize, France, from 25-28 July, and the World Championship in Shaoxing, China from 17-20 October.