Martin Marinov and Ferenc Szekszardi have won the third and final C2 1000 Olympic nomination trial at the National Canoe Sprint Championships in Perth on Saturday
The pair recorded a time of 4:06.30 to finish 3.22 seconds ahead of West Lakes pair Jason Nejman and Marius Florian.
The victory sees them move a step closer to their Rio dream after winning two out of three nomination trials.
Today’s win does not secure Marinov and Szekszardi Olympic nomination, however, with Australia only having secured two men’s canoe Olympic quotas.
Tomorrow’s C1 1000 race-off between Marinov and South Australian Charlie Ellis will help make the selectors decision simpler.
Should Szekszardi make the Olympic team this year it would complete a journey spanning two decades.
“It would mean everything because 23 years ago when I started the whole thing it was obviously as a childhood dream and seemingly step by step it is coming through, but we will see at the end and I will dedicate everything for it this year,” he said.
His C2 partner, Marinov knows what it takes to feature on an Olympic podium having previously won two Olympic bronze medals while representing Bulgaria in Seoul and Barcelona.
Should Marinov make the team his year it will be his fifth Olympic Games appearance, his second as an athlete and coach.
In other canoe results, Jace Bayliss and Sebastian Wakim took out the men’s C2 500 National title in 2:06.33, 3.39 sec ahead of Adrian LeBlanc and Thomas Clarken.
Isabella Rositano and Josephine Bulmer won the women’s C2 500 title in 2:25.22.
Bayliss and Wakim later completed the C2 double with victory over 200 in 46.35.
West Lakes continued their excellent day of racing with Charlie Ellis triumphing in the C1 500 final ahead of Bayliss and Wakim.