Golden double for Canadian canoeists in Plovdiv

Canada’s Katie Vincent and Sophia Jensen both picked up second individual gold medals while Hungary and Lithuania also enjoyed winning doubles on day three of the ICF U23 and Junior Canoe Sprint World Championships in Bulgaria.

Jensen and Vincent followed up their C1 500 metre gold medals 24 hours earlier by winning the C1 200 metre junior and U23 titles respectively on Saturday.

Vincent and Laurence Vincent-Lapointe have been unbeatable in C2 at a senior level this year, but Vincent said she enjoyed the opportunity to remind people what she can do individually.

“It’s always a new game every weekend, so to come out and execute the plan the way I wanted to and go home with two gold medals, I’m ecstatic now,” Vincent said.

“It’s good for my development, to take a little bit of a break and focus on myself for two weeks, and then it makes me more excited to get back in the boat with Laurence to train for Portugal.”

16-year-old Jensen showed in Plovdiv that the future for women’s canoe in Canada is strong.

“Yesterday considering it was the first A final, I was pretty stressed,” she said.

“Today it was more of, just go and do the same thing, just rip and have fun.”

The golden double for Lithuania came through Arturas Seja in the U23 K1 200, and Vadim Korobov in the U23 C1 men.

The gold came as a shock for Korobov, who had been focusing more on the longer races.

“I’m really surprised, because all of my training was much more towards the 1000,” Korobov said.

“So it was a bit unexpected, but I’m still not bad at 200. I missed the start, and after yesterday’s 1000 I’m really tired and feeling a bit slow, so my second 100 metres was better than my first one.”

One of the biggest upsets on Saturday came in the women’s U23 K1 200, with Hungary’s Anna Lucz taking gold, and New Zealand’s defending champion, Aimee Fisher, finishing seventh.

“It was an amazing race, I did what I could, and I’m really happy now,” Lucz said.

“I was nervous. I’m always nervous before a race, but I think it is good for me.

“This means a lot for me, because I’ve been trying with the 200 metres for a long time.”

Hungary’s second gold medal went to Alida Dora Gazbo, who followed up her K4 500 gold from Friday with a junior K1 200 victory.

Bartosz Grabowski won Poland’s first gold medal of the World Championships, taking the junior K1 200 metre title.

“This is my first medal at a World Championships so I’m really happy,” he said.

“I started very slow, but the rest of the race was okay.”

Russia’s Nikita Nekrasov won the junior C1 men’s 200, while France’s Laura Ruiz and Flore Caupain took the honours in the women’s junior C2 200.

Belarus won the final gold medal on offer on Saturday, with Volha Klimava and Nadzeya Makarchanka winning the women’s U23 C2 200.

The final day of competition will be held in Plovdiv on Sunday.

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