The 2017 ECA Wildwater Canoeing European Championships in Skopje (MKD) ended with double gold for France in exciting sprint team races on the Treska River.

French paddlers were the most successful during the last day of the championships. They were the best in men’s C1 team final and men’s C2 event and also picked up a silver medal in men’s kayak event.

Quentin Dazeur, Theo Viens and Ancelin Gourjault showed the best skills in the Matka Canyon. The French trio crossed the finish line in the time of 46.16 seconds to pick up the gold medal. The Czech Republic, who was the best in team sprint races two years ago in Banja Luka, won a silver medal this time. Ondrej Rolenc, Antonin Haleš and Vladimir Slanina were 1.11 seconds behind, while German canoeists Normen Weber, Tim Heilinger and Janosch Suelzer finished the event in third place.

Another gold for France came in the very last event of the championships, the mens C2 team race. Louis Lapointe Tony Debray, Damien Mareau Pierre Troubady and Stephane Santamaria Quentin Dazeur were the main favourites after their dominance in individual races yesterday, when France celebrated a triple win.

They finished the race 3.13 seconds ahead of the Czech Republic (Marek Rygel Petr Vesely, Daniel Suchanek Ondrej Rolenc, Martin Novak Antonin Haleš) and 5.45 seconds ahead of Italy (Paolo RazzautiMattia Quintarelli, Giorgio dellAgostino Davide Maccagnan, Riccardo Fiorese Francesco Baldan).

In the remaining event of the day, the mens kayak team race, we had to wait for official results for some time. After the last team on the start list, Slovenia, crossed the finish line it seemed they produced the fastest time, but the printed results showed different outcome.

It was the Czech Republic who was on the top. After a protest it became clear there had been a mix-up in the timing service, so in fact it was Slovenia who could celebrate gold and Czech Republic finished third.

Nejc Žnidarčič, Vid Debeljak and Anže Urankar (SLO) reached the top in the major competitions for the second time in a row; the same team was also a world champion in sprint last year in Banja Luka. French kayakers Paul Jean, Paul Graton and Damien Guyonnet were second and Czechs Richard Hala, Kamil Mružek and Filip Hric third.


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