Hungary finished the ICF junior and U23 canoe sprint world championships the way they began, winning seven gold medals on the final day at Montemor-o-Velho in Portugal.

All seven gold medals came in team boats, underlining the depth in the powerful Hungarian team. They were particularly strong in women’s events, where they took all the medals on offer on Monday.

Russia also enjoyed a strong finish, picking up three gold medals, while Canada grabbed another two gold on the last day, including to Connor Fitzpatrick in the men’s U23 C1 500.

Spain’s Alex Graneri picked up his second individual gold of the championships with a win in the men’s junior K1 500, and Georgia’s Aleksandre Tsivtsivadze won his country’s first gold with victory in the men’s junior C1 500.

Serbia’s Bojan Zdelar defeated European champion Thorbjorn Rask in the men’s U23 K1 500, giving his country their only gold medal of the weekend.

There were also gold medals on the final day to Germany, Ukraine and Belarus.

Hungary finished the world championships at the top of the medal table with 17 gold and 29 medals in total. Russia was second with nine gold and 22 in total, with Germany third with five gold and a total of 18.

A total of 21 countries won medals over the four-day event.

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