2nd Canoe Sprint world Cup, Racice, Finals are hot
The 1000m finals are of the highest standard with some very exciting canoe racing
2nd Canoe Sprint world Cup, Racice, Finals are hot
- Belarus C4 Men's 1000m team
Early morning mist gave way to blue skies in time for the Saturday finals. Perfect conditions for the athletes to race in. The venue was buzzing in anticipation as racing got under way.
The finals got off to a fast start with the C4 men 1000m. The Belarus team (Rabchanka, Bahdanovich brothers and Vauchetski) dominated the race and opened up the finals. Uzbekistan won silver and Kazakhstan won bronze.
In the K1 women 1000m Krisztina Zur (USA) put her injuries/illnesses of the last couple of years behind her and came through to win gold. Natalya Sergeyena (KAZ) led for the majority of the race but the American overhauled her into the final section of the race. Austria picked up the bronze through Ana Roxana Lehaci.
Austria would continue their medal winning ways by comfortably winning the K2 Women 1000m (Yvonne Schuring, Viktoria Schwarz). They informed the ICF that they were concentrating on the K2 500m on Sunday so took the 1000m races as a warm up event. Poland (Kowalczuk, Wewiora) took silver and USA bronze (McElroy and Burke).
Denmark heads the field
- Aleh Yurenia (BLR) and Rene Holten Poulsen (DEN)
There was a pulsating race in the 1000m K1 Men’s event. It was good to see a very strong line up but finally Rene Holten Poulsen (DEN) took the winners medal consolidating his good form for the weekend. Fernando Pimenta (POR) finished second and Aleh Yurenia (BLR) collected another medal for his collection with bronze. There were some well known athletes behind these three in the form of Adam van Koverden (CAN), Andres Gustafsson (SWE) and Eirik Larsen (NOR).
Another Danish medal was won in the Women’s 500m K1 with Henriette Engen Hansen finishing second behind Alana Nicholls (AUS). Engen Hansen did not have a very successful 2010 competition wise and this medal will surely galvanize her for 2011. Young Rachel Cawthorn (GBR) finished third with a very solid performance.
Canada make upset in C1 Men
- Mark Oldershaw (CAN)
Mark Oldershaw (CAN) and Vadim Menkov (UZB) had a pulsating fight throughout the 1000m and had the spectators on their tiptoes to see who would win. In the end, Oldershaw (CAN) beat Menkov, with the World Champion having to settle for second behind the Canadian. Piotr Kuleta (POL) picked up a bronze medal in a very enjoyable race.
Team boats impress at the World Cup
- Belarus K4 Women's 500m team
The 1000m K2 men final was dominated by the Russian duo (Vitaly Yurchenko, Vasily Pogreban) who won convincingly ahead of Australia (David Smith, Murray Stewart). Portugal picked up another bronze in the form of Joao Ribeiro and Emanuel Silva).
The C2 men 1000m was also dominated by the Russians with Victor Melantyev and Nikolay Lipkin winning gold ahead of the Canadians (Gabriel Beauchesne-Sevigny, Andrew Russell). Local favourites Jaroslav Radon and Filip Dvorak (CZE) won the bronze medal pleasing the crowd.
In the K4 500m women’s final the start was spectacular and exciting. The new force in this event and surprise package of the year so far was the Belarus girls (Pamialova, Papok, Khudzenka, Paltaran). They did not disappoint and took the gold medal with some ease. The British quartet (Edmonds, Walker, Halyleigh, Sawers) finished in a very respectable second to take silver. Third place went to the consistently high performing Portugese team (Rodrigues, Portela, Sousa, Gomes).
The last final of the day was the exciting K4 Men’s 1000m and it lived up to its billing. The race was done at a fast pace and was a very close affair. So close that it took a photo finish to separate the Belarus team (Miadzvedzeu, Strelchanka, Findziukevich, Bialko) and the Australian crew (Tate Smith, David Smith, Stewart, Clear). Finally, Belerus just took the gold by a couple of centimeters in what was a very exciting finish. Portugal won another bronze with an impressive race from their K4 (Pimenta, Ribeiro, Silva, Fernandes).
The finals have been of the highest standard and most enjoyable to watch. The ICF will have Video on demand from Wednesday 25th May on our website. So you can also see the races.
Who to watch in the 200m
Saturday afternoon saw many torso’s on display around the venue as the weather was balmy and the 200m heats and semi-finals began. The 200m races always attract a good number of spectator and this afternoon was no exception.
In the K1 200m Men’s event Ed McKeever (GBR) continued his domination of this event by qualifying the fastest for the final. Without Ronnie Rouche (GER) participating perhaps this will be an easy gold medal for McKeever? However, Victor Zavolskiy (RUS), Peter Molnar (HUN) and Jimmy Bojsen (DEN) may have something to say about that as they all qualified with good times and set up an interesting final on Sunday.
The C1 Men 200m final will be contested between two Canadian boats (Richard Dalton, Aaron Rublee) and two Russian boats (Evgeny Ignatov, Ivan Shtyl). In the mix is likely to be Belarusian Dzmitry Vaitsishkin. Another close final is expected with little between these athletes.
The K1 women 200m sees several medalist from this weekend contest the final. Krisztina Zur (USA), Teressa Portela (POR) and Jessica Walker (GBR) will be going for their second medal of the weekend. However, fastest qualifier Jenni Mikkonen (FIN) will likely figure in the medals.
K2 Men 200m final will be a hotly contested final. Arnaud Hybois and Sebastien Jouve (FRA) are likely to contest the final against Liam Heath and Jonathon Schofield (GBR) for the top of the podium. Latvian duo Krists Straume and Aleksejs Rumjancevs qualified also with a good time and it would be nice to see them do well in the Final.
500m racing at its finest
The old favourite Men’s 500m K1 sees a very strong field qualify for the final. Anders gustafsson (SWE) qualified strongly as did Matthew Urquhart (AUS). Rene Holten Poulsen (DEN) will be looking to add to his good results on Sunday as well. This final will be one to watch on Sunday.
The K2 women 500m final wil be an interesting affair. The Austrian duo Yvonne Schuring and Viktoria Schwarz will be going for their second gold medal stating this was the event they were targeting to do well in. However, young Sabrina Hering and Steffi Kriegerstein (GER) screamed with delight as they crossed the line to qualify for the final. Lani Belcher and Angela Hannah (GBR) also may feature highly in the final. Watch out to see who will conquer the 500m tomorrow.
You can keep up to date with the live results at
Watch the finals live on Eurosport and other TV channels from 10.00 (Central European Time) on Sunday.