Hungarian teams return from the Kayak-Canoe World Championships that took place in Montemor-o-Velho, Portugal with 9 medals altogether. They won 6 gold, 1 silver and 2 bronze medals.
Following the success of the Kayak-Canoe European Championships 2018, and the Rio Olympics in 2016, ours have proved again that Hungarians are among the bests in the world.
Hungary finished as the top country at the 2018 Kayak-Canoe World Championships in terms of the total points gathered by all teams and sportsmen in the whole competition.
This means that we received the most points besides the golden, silver and bronze medals, 927 points in overall. Russia finished second with the total amount of 874 points, while Germany received 761 points as the third.
With regards to the number of total medals that Hungarian competitors won at the contests, Hungary finished as second with 9 medals in total, right after the winner Germany with 13 medals.
Take a look at the Total points’ list, where Hungary is atz the top and at the Total medals’ list:
Ours have performed above average, that is for sure.
Hungary became an absolute ruler in women’s kayak competitions, winning all three Olympic disciplines in 500 meters: the K1 (Danuta Kozák), K2 (Anna Kárász, Danuta Kozák), and the K4 (Kozák, Kárász, Erika Medveczky, Dóra Bodonyi) competitions.
Danuta Kozák reminded everyone, with his triumphant return to competing after her hiatus, that she is the queen of the sport. By now, Kozák has shown that she, along with Hungarian swimmer Katinka Hosszú, is the world’s top performer. Anna Kárász, her partner in K2 shared how glad she was to have the opportunity to paddle with Kozak.
“It’s very hard to get to the top of the world, it takes a lot of training, very hard training,” Kozak told in an interview.
Csaba Hüttner federal coach expressed how proud he was of Danuta to win over New Zealand’s Lisa Carrington, an outstanding performer, three times.
„The girl [Lisa Carrington] could only win in K1 on 200 meters, in which Danuta did not compete (…) We can always count on Danuta. She is the best woman kayaker in the world.” – told the delighted Hüttner following the contests.
The Hungarians received two more medals in Olympic disciplines: a silver medal in K2 (Virág Balla, Kincső Takács) and a bronze one in men’s K4 (Sándor Tótka, Miklós Dudás, Péter Molnár, István Kuli).
The head coach, Hüttner also praised Bence Nádas for his bronze medal in K1, as well as Birkás and Balaska in K2 for having won again, even though other competitors were stronger than last year.
Scroll through our gallery about the contests and the awarding ceremony here:
However, the federal coach gave voice to his slight discontent concerning the final results this year.
“The national team’s performance was great in overall, but I have a feeling of imperfection, of course (…) I am sorry for the missed medals of Bálint Kopasz in K1 1000 meters and Balázs Birkás K1 200 meters; they were both close to the podium.” – emphasised Csaba Hüttner in an interview.
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Source: Canoeicf.com, MTI