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Rizza K1M Canoe Sprint (ITA)

Rizza set to take on childhood hero in K1M 200m Final

ICFmedia
19 August 2016

Italy’s Manfredi Rizza is living the dream after a perfect start to his Olympic career has provided a spot in tomorrow's K1 Men 200m final.

The 25-year-old is a relative newcomer amongst the world’s fastest but confirmed his arrival at the sports top table with victory at the 2016 ICF Canoe Sprint World Cup in Duisburg earlier this season.

Today, Rizza eased through the heats and managed a third in a tight semifinal to confirm his place in the top eight.

Excited by his achievements the Italian said, “I was super happy to make the final. I was really...Read more

German K4M Canoe Sprint

Dead heats and fast times as canoe sprinters fight for final spots

ICFmedia
19 August 2016

RIO DE JANEIRO - The wind picked up and so did the pace as the final day of canoe sprint heats got under way at Lagoa Stadium on Friday.

There were several photo finishes, none closer than in the second semifinal of the women's kayak four (K4) 500m when Canada and Great Britain tied for second on identical times, both progressing to Saturday's final.

Emilie FOURNEL (CAN) described making the final as "the cherry on the Olympic sundae".

In the men's kayak single 200m, London 2012 Olympic Games bronze medallist Mark DE JONGE (CAN

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TARNOVSCHI (MDA) suspended

ICFmedia
18 August 2016

Olympic Canoe Sprint C1M 1000m bronze medallist, Serghei TARNOVSCHI (MDA) has been suspended with immediate effect following adverse results from a pre-competition test.

The 19-year-old paddler was due to contest the C2M 1000m with brother Oleg, but will now no longer be eligible and will face provisional suspension under rule 7.8 of the ICF Anti Doping Rules....Read more

Wallace sets sights on fourth Olympics after Rio bronze

ICFmedia
18 August 2016

Evergreen Australian paddler, Ken Wallace, has vowed to push on for a fourth Olympic Games after pairing with Olympic debutant Lachlan Tame to win bronze in the K2 1000 on Thursday morning.

33-year-old Wallace, who won gold and bronze at the Beijing Olympics, and then finished fourth in the K2 1000 in London, said he’s in the form of his life – and while he has a lot more responsibilities at home these days, Tokyo 2020 is in his thoughts.

“I’d like to think so, I really would,” Wallace said.

“For me personally I’ve had the most

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IOC President Congratulates Canoeing

ICFmedia
18 August 2016

Thomas Bach congratulated canoeing after witnessing some spectacular canoe sprint action as the second day of medal races concluded at the Lagoa Stadium in Rio de Janeiro. 

Arriving in time to watch the C1 Men 200m race for gold the IOC President was treated to a compelling watch alongside the ICF President and IOC Member José Perurena.

Ukrains Iurii Cheban crossed the line first with Azerbaijan's Valentin Demyaneko securing silver.

However it was local, Isaquias Queiroz Dos Santos (BRA) that received the most rapturous

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Hartley talks of quitting 'lonely' K1 and turning to K2 for Tokyo

ICFmedia
18 August 2016

A missing bum pad may be the catalyst to keep South Africa’s Bridgitte Hartley in canoe sprint for another four years – as long as she can avoid the loneliness of living overseas.

33-year-old Hartley, who won silver in London in 2012, finished eighth in the K1 500 B final on Thursday, and admitted after the race she had been thrown by some missing equipment before the race.

“I’m very disappointed,” she said.

“I got to the race course this morning and my bum pad was gone, completely gone and I couldn’t find it anywhere. I was

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