Matt Goble won a bronze medal today in the men's K1 500 metre event at the junior world championships in Racice, Czech Republic. The South Australian finished with an impressive time of 1 minute 39.777 seconds, 1.627 seconds behind the gold medal winner, Marcus Gross of Germany and less than a second behind the silver medal winner Roberto Abal Herbello of Spain.
Race Report from Frances and Bernard Goble…
It was an incredible race to watch being the last of three finals , C, B and then the A final. The tension was very high with all the various nations supporting their paddlers very vocally! Obviously the competition was of the highest level with all the East European countries dominating most of the races, with a total of 48 nations being represented. Matt's time was a personal best as he was under no illusions that only the very best would achieve his dream of a medal! Peter Petho had worked extremely hard with Matt, ensuring he was as prepared as possible for the race. The mornings win in the semi final was a great confidence boost as only 2 paddlers from each heat went through to the A final and one of those in Matt's heat was the Portuguese No.1 who had beaten Matt both times previously in Bochum Germany by 2 seconds. Matt dominated the semi from start to finish with an awesome start and consistent power through to the finish. Under Peter's guidance Matt kept calm and focused right through to the start of his final race some hours later and despite the opposition faced, achieved his personal best to win Bronze! We understand this to be the first Australian junior medal to be won at a world championship in the 500m. It was great to see an Australian on the winning podium!
500m K1 Final (18.3MB) – Matt Goble, 2007, World Junior Championships, Racice Czech Republic.