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Balint Kopasz delighted the home crowd by claiming a surprise gold medal as finals began at the Canoe Sprint World Cup in Szeged.

The 20-year-old Hungarian, who failed to make the K1 1,000 metre final at Rio 2016, produced a stunning display to triumph in the event.

He produced a time of 3min 23.921sec to claim the victory, with Portugal’s Fernando Pimenta ending 0.9sec adrift to send as the runner-up.

Spain’s Roi Rodriguez completed the podium in 3:25.782, while his compatriot and Olympic champion Marcus Walz surprisingly ended in ninth.

“I am very happy that I could be stronger than the Olympic medallists,” said Kopasz.

“The weather was very bad but I felt strong today.”

A second Hungarian victory came through Virag Balla in the women’s C1 500m, with her time of 2:05:035 being the fastest ever recorded in the event.

Canada’s Katie Vincent and Ukraine’s Liudmyla Luzan completed the podium, ending in 2:06.950 and 2:08.504 respectively.

A third Hungarian gold was earned by Dóra Bodonyi, who ended the women’s K1 1000m in 3:50.250.

Australia’s Alyssa Bull finished second in 3:51.511, while Melanie Gebhardt of Germany secured bronze in 3:55.850.

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Russia's Elena Aniushina surprisingly beat New Zealand's Lisa Carrington

Double Olympic gold medallist Lisa Carrington of New Zealand was shocked in the women’s K1 500m final.

Russia’s Elena Aniushina would claim the gold in a time of 1:47:755, with Carrington having to settle for silver in 1:47:840.

Hungary’s Tamara Takács rounded off the podium, finishing in 1:49.455.

The Czech Republic’s Martin Fuksa triumphed in the men’s C1 1000m by ending in 3:45.624, edging out Brazil’s Isaquias Queiroz Dos Santos.

Poland’s Tomasz Kaczor finished third in 3:47.208.

The French pairing of Sebastien Jouve and Guillaume Le Floch Decorchemont won the men’s K2 500m in a time of 1:28.125.

They were followed across the line by Hungary’s Róbert Ilyés and Tibor Hufnágel, while Ukraine’s Igor Trunov and Ivan Semykin completed the top three.

Poland’s Vincent Slominski and Mateusz Kaminski triumphed in the men’s C2 1000m final in a time of 3:27:543, with Cuba’s Serquey Torres and Fernando Jorge second in 3:27.958.

Peter Kretschmer and Yul Oeltze of Germany rounded off the podium in 3:28.035.


Britain's Liam Heath continued his Olympic gold medal winning form with an impressive victory today at the Canoe Sprint World Cup in Szeged.

The 32-year-old needed all of his trademark explosive power to defeat arch-rival Maxime Beaumont of France in the K1 200 metres final.

Beaumont, the Olympic silver medallist behind Heath, got the better start only for the Briton to fight-back and cross first in 34.259sec on the Hungarian lake.

The Frenchman finished second, 0.054 behind, as Carlos Garrote of Spain placed third, in 34.536.

"I felt a bit of pressure coming here as Olympic champion, but the pressure comes more from myself really to get out there and justify some of the times I have been doing in training and all the work I have put in over the winter," Heath said afterwards.

"I was relieved to see the conditions had calmed down from yesterday which were a bit ‘rock and roll’ down the course.

"I felt strong and there is certainly more in the tank.

"I was able to push through that lactic phase at the end, which is what I usually do to control the race in my own head."


Henrikas Žustautas of Lithuania was among other winners today in Szeged ©Getty Images

There was home success in the corresponding women's race as Dóra Lucz of Hungary won in 39.411 to beat New Zealand's Aimee Fisher, second in 39.718, and France's Sarah Guyot, third in 39.942.

Fisher then teamed up with Olympic gold medal winning team-mate Lisa Carrington, along with Kayla Imrie and Caitlin Ryan, to win the women's K4 500m.

The New Zealand quartet clocked 1:30.754 to beat the time of 1:31:454 set by the second-placed Hungarian crew.

Spain finished a further 0.35 behind in third.

Other winners today included Lithuania's Baku 2015 European Games champion Henrikas Žustautas in the men's C1 200m.

He managed a time of 38.008 to defeat Georgia's Zaza Nadiradze, in 38.323, and Russia's Ivan Shtyl, in 38.415.

Canada's Laurence Vince-Lapointe won the women's C1 200m in 45.842.

Kincső Devecseriné Takács took Hungarian silver in 46.157.

Katie Vincent joined her team-mate on the podium by taking Canadian bronze in 46.295.


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