The 2017 ICF Canoe Sprint World Championships was held in Racice, the Czech Republic between the 23rd and 27th of August. The Hungarian team performed outstandingly well and finished in second place of the medal table with ten medals, thus proving once again that our nation is among the leaders of the kayak-canoe field.
The Hungarian team leaders and athletes left to Racice with high hopes. Head Coach Csaba Hüttner said that even though they had won 16 medals at the European Championships, the World Championships was completely different because there were much more opponents, so he would have been satisfied with 10 medals. Little did he know that this was a perfect prediction.
According to 24.hu, the Hungarian units started out great on Saturday and won three medals. The Márk Balaska & Balázs Birkás kayak duo qualified to the final of K-2 200m with the best time. Being the European Champions, they were the most probable winners, but no one expected that they would win hands down. They left the whole field behind imperiously.
The proud owners of the second Hungarian gold medal are Erika Medveczky and Ramóna Farkasdi, who dominated the K-2 1000m field and came before everyone else with five seconds.
Then, the Bence Nádas & Sándor Tótka duo won the team’s first silver medal in the final of K-2 500m. It was a great battle between them and the Spanish duo, but the opponents seemed to be unstoppable. Nonetheless, the boys were thrilled.
Our athletes continued the amazing performance on Sunday. The first medal of the day belongs to Zoltán Kammerer, Dávid Tóth, Benjámin Ceiner and Dániel Pauman, who finished in the second place in the final of K-4 1000m. This was followed by another silver medal thanks to Bence Horváth, who did great in the field of K-1 200m.
To make the medal collection full, the Hungarian athletes made sure to also win a few bronze medals. Nemzetisport.hu writes that Kincső Devecseriné Takács finished in the third place in C-1 200m, while the Jonatán Hajdu & Ádám Fekete duo spurted so well that they won a bronze medal in C-2 200m.
Then came a gold medal thanks to the Réka Hagymási & Ágnes Szabó kayak duo, who managed to come before their opponents in a tough race. The fourth Hungarian gold was won by Tamara Takács, Erika Medveczky, Krisztina Fazekas-Zur and Ninetta Vad in K-4 500m.
Last but definitely not least, Dóra Bodonyi dominated the field of K-1 5000m, the longest distance of the championships. It was a neck-and-neck race between the Hungarian athlete and a German kayaker, but luckily Dóra was able to crank up the end.
At one point Hungary was first on the medal table, but in the end, we finished in second place, which is incredible. Especially considering that the team won the aggregated point table 🙂
Featured image: MTI – Tamara Takács, Erika Medveczky, Krisztina Fazekas-Zur, Ninetta Vad
Source: http://24.hu/, http://www.nemzetisport.hu/