Three years after her older sister broke through for her first major win of her career, Anna Lucz is celebrating her own debut international gold, in the same event and on the same course as Dora in 2017.

At just 21, Anna is one year younger than Dora was when she posted her first world cup gold, but Dora would argue she beat a field that wasn’t ravaged by pandemic restrictions.

Dora Lucz was one of several high profile sprinters absent from Saturday’s K1 200 final, as Covid restrictions wreaked havoc with international travel. But Covid has presented so many other challenges this year, that just getting to the start line was an achievement in itself.

Watch the women's K1 200 final here

As always in canoe sprint’s shortest race, the margins are close. Even small mistakes can mean the difference between finishing at the front of the field or the back.

Anna Lucz didn’t paddle the perfect race, but it was pretty close. The 0.03 of a second that kept her and Sweden’s Moa Wikberg apart is barely enough time to blink an eye, but in the end the margin does not matter.

“It feels very good. I like racing in Szeged, it’s one of my favourites, and also that I could win that was good,” Lucz said.

This year everything was so uncertain, so now that it has finally happened it is so good

Now she’s achieved what her big sister has. Not that she was thinking about that after the race.

“I haven’t really thought about it, but it is good that it is in the family,” she said.

“Usually she gives me a few tips, and we try and help each other, but not now, but that’s okay.

In Hungary competition for places on the women’s canoe sprint team is tougher than qualifying for the Olympics. The 200 is particularly crowded, so every advantage is grabbed with both hands.

A world cup win is always useful on a paddler’s CV.

“Now I feel very good, and I have a lot of motivation so it’s a good start for the future,” Lucz said.

“This year everything was so uncertain, so now that it has finally happened it is so good.”

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