After four days of exciting competition the 2018 ECA Junior and U23 Canoe Sprint European Championships in Auronzo di Cadore, Italy, came to an end with final races in the 500 and 200 meters distances.
We’ve seen exciting races and familiar faces on the podium, but also tough conditions in the afternoon part of the programme with strong wind and waves that caused trouble for the athletes.
It was a day to remember for Belarus. This country celebrated seven gold and three silver medals. It was Ina Sauchuk who was the fastest both in junior K1W 200 and 500 metres finals, Nadzeya Makarchanka and Volha Klimava won in women’s U23 C2 500 meters final, Klimava was later also European Champion in women’s U23 C1 200 meters event. Men’s junior K4 crew celebrated European title at 500 meters distance, Vladislav Lukashuk and Aliaksei Matusevich were the best in U23 C2 500 meters final and Aliaksandra Kalaur and Anastasiya Zhuk closed the successful day with gold medal in women’s C2 junior 200 meters final.
Poland finished the day with a total of four gold medals that were won by women’s U23 K4 500 metres crew, Justyna Iskrzicka and Paulina Paszek in women’s U23 K2 500 meters event, Bartosz Grabowski in men’s K1 junior 200 metres final and Sylwia Szczerbinska – Dorota Borowska in women’s U23 C2 200 meters event.
Ukraine too won four gold medals today. Dmytro Ozymok is the new junior European Champion in men’s C1 200 meters event, Liudmyla Luzan was the fastest paddler in women’s C1 U23 500 meters event, Oleh Kukharyk defended his European Champion title in men’s U23 500 meters event and gold medal was also won by Ukraine’s junior C4 crew in the 500 metres event.
Rasmus Knudsen from Denmark added gold medal from the junior K1 500 metres race to his yesterday’s 1000 metres title. Denmark celebrated two more European titles thanks to Pernille Knudsen in women’s U23 500 meters event and Katrine Jensen – Sara Milthers who were the fastest in women’s junior K2 500 meters event.
Lucia Valova brought much joy to Slovak fans winning the title in junior women’s C1 500 meters event and silver medal in the 200 meters event. Slovak U23 K4 crew – Balaž, Zalka, Frana, Linka – won another gold medal for this country.
Andrea di Liberto won gold medal for Italy in men’s K1 U23 200 meters final and his teammate Carlo Tacchini won silver in 200 metres C1M U23 final. It was Vadim Korobov from Lithuania who became champion in this canoe event.
Biljana Relić from Serbia is the new K1W U23 200 meters event European Champion, Anastasiia Vazhinskaia from Russia was the fastest in women’s C1 junior 200 metres final, Laura Ruiz and Flore Caupain from France were the best in women’s junior C2 500 metres final, and women’s Czech K4 crew celebrated a title in junior 500 meters event.
Athletes from Great Britain, Hungary, Romania, Belgium, Georgia, Modlova, Germany and Latvia were also among the medallists today.
Next year the ECA Junior and U23 Canoe Sprint European Championships will be held in Czech Republic, on the venue that hosted the 2017 Senior Canoe Sprint and Paracanoe World Championships in Račice.
Carlo Tacchini defended the U23 European Champion title in front of his fans
The 2018 ECA Junior and U23 Canoe Sprint European Championships in Auronzo di Cadore finally brought the first medallists. All medals of the day were awarded in the 1000 metres events. Biggest Italian hope for the medal Carlo Tacchini defended his U23 European Champion title he won last year in Belgrade in men's C1 1000 metres final. Rasmus Knudsen from Denmark also repeated his success from the previous years winning gold medal in men’s K1 Junior 1000 metres final.
Italian 2016 Olympian Carlo Tacchini was considered one of the main favourites in men’s U23 C1 1000 metres final and fans had high expectations. It is not surprising though. Tacchini was not only competing in his home country, he was also the defending European Champion in this event. Last year he won gold medal in Belgrade and set the best European time in this event at Junior and U23 Canoe Sprint European Championships.
This time he crossed the finish line with more than a second advantage over Leonid Carp from Romania and Vadim Korobov from Lithuania.
“It was a lot of pressure and hard to repeat the race from last year. I did it, I am so happy, it is so great. Auronzo is a beautiful place and the crowd was amazing,” said Tacchini.
In the first final A of the day Danish kayaker Rasmus Knudsen also repeated his success from last year. He defended his Junior K1M 1000 metres European Champion title from Belgrade, he was the best also in 2016 when he set the best European time in this event.
After another gold medal in his collection Rasmus Knudsen said, “I don’t know if I expected this win, but I knew I was big favourite, because I was a double European Champion. But I had a feeling in the heats I will do it again. I was very nervous in the first 250 metres, but when we reached the 500 metres I just renew energy and after that I knew I could do it.”
Anton Novak from Belarus picked up silver medal in K1 junior 1000 metres final, while Moritz Wehlend from Germany finished third.
Rebeka Simon from Great Britain who was the 2017 U23 K1W 1000 metres European Champion fought hard to repeat this result. She was well on the way, but at the end she had to congratulate two athletes and finished third. It was Blanka Bordacs from Hungary who succeeded her on the throne and Paulina Paszek from Poland won silver medal. The race was very tight as only 0.040 seconds divided the first two boats.
In men’s K1 U23 final Belgium’s Artuur Peters won the European Champion title. Amund Vold from Norway and Oleh Kukharyk from Ukraine joined him on the winner’s podium. Ukrainian kayaker was last year’s European Champion in this event and this year he finished third.
Slovakian anthem played in honour of Samuel Balaž and Tibor Linka who were the fastest crew of men’s U23 K2 final race. Luca Beccaro and Tommaso Freschi from Italy were second and Dzimitry Levanchuk – Uladzislau Sukhanosau from Belarus third.
In men’s U23 C2 1000 metres event Romanian duo Catalin Chirila and Stefan Strat celebrated European Champion title in front of Vladislav Lukashuk and Ivan Patapenka from Belarus and Noel Dominguez and Gonzalo Martin from Spain who were third.
Laura Plesca from Romania is the new Junior European Champion in women’s 1000 meters event. Sofie Kinclova from Czech Republic picked up silver medal and Helene Fabrin – Brasted from Denmark won bronze medal.
Arcadii Goncearou from Moldova was the fastest canoeist of junior 1000 meters final. Manuel Fontan from Spain won silver medal and Adam Kocsis from Hungary was third.
There were two more sets of medals awarded today. Kiryl Smalianik and Uladzislau Litvinau from Belarus were the best in K2 junior final, closely followed by Vilem Kukacka and Jan Vorel from Czech Republic and Mauritz Hennies and Elias Kurth from Germany. Junior C2M final brought the most joy to Czech team. Jiri Minarik and Jiri Zalubil were the fastest crew of the event. Aliaksandr Hatalski and Vitali Asetski from Belarus were second and Sergei Nemov and Kirill Romanov from Russia third.
RESULTS – Day 4 – 2018 ECA Junior & U23 Canoe Sprint European Championships, Auronzo di Cadore, Italy
K1W Junior 500m
1. Ina Sauchuk BLR
2. Emma Russel GBR
3. Sandra Ostrowska POL
K1M Junior 500m
1. Rasmus Knudsen DEN
2. Bojan Zdelar SRB
3. Jan Vorel CZE
K4W U23 500m
C1W Junior 500m
1. Lucia Valova SVK
2. Olga Aleksandrova RUS
3. Denisa Rahova CZE
C2W U23 500m
1. Nadzeya Makarchanka – Volha Klimava BLR
2. Aliia Almakaeva – Daria Kharchenko RUS
3. Liudmyla Luzan – Anastasiia Chetverikova UKR
K2W Junior 500m
1. Katrine Jensen – Sara Milthers DEN
2. Štepanka Sobiškova – Barbora Galadova CZE
3. Julia WIeczorek – Julia Olszewska POL
K4M U23 500m
C4M Junior 500m
K1W U23 500m
1. Pernille Knudsen DEN
2. Helena Wisniewska POL
3. Noemi Pupp HUN
K1M U23 500m
1. Oleh Kukharyk UKR
2. Artuur Peters BEL
3. Jakub Zavrel CZE
K4W Junior 500m
1. Czech Republic
C1W U23 500m
1. Liudmyla Luzan UKR
2. Mariam Kerdikashvili GEO
3. Eugene Dorange FRA
C2W Junior 500m
1. Laura Ruiz – Flore Caupain FRA
2. Maria Olarasu – Daniela Cociu MDA
3. Angelina Gubanova – Olga Aleksandrova RUS
K2W U23 500m
1. Justyna Iskrzycka – Paulina Paszek POL
2. Marija Dostanić – Biljana Relić SRB
3. Line Langelund – Bolette Nyvang DEN
K4M Junior 500m
C2M U23 500m
1. Vladislav Lukashuk – Aliaksei Matusevich BLR
2. Taras Mazovskyji – Denys Filatov UKR
3. Ilie Oprea – Oleg Nuta MDA
C1W Junior 200m
1. Anastasiia Vazhinskaia RUS
2. Lucia Valova SVK
3. Denisa Rahova CZE
K1M Junior 200m
1. Bartosz Grabowski POL
2. Matuš Jedinak SVK
3. Yurii Zub UKR
C1W U23 200m
1. Volha Klimava BLR
2. Dorota Borowska POL
3. Afton Fitzhenry GBR
K1M U23 200m
1. Andrea di Liberto ITA
2. Arturas Seja LTU
3. Roberts Akmens LAT
C1M Junior 200m
1. Dmytro Ozymok UKR
2. Vitali Asetski BLR
3. Nikita Nekrasov RUS
K1W Junior 200m
1. Ina Sauchuk BLR
2. Netta Gabor HUN
3. Julia Olszewska POL
C1M U23 200m
1. Vadim Korobov LTU
2. Carlo Tacchini ITA
2. Artem Pron RUS
K1W U23 200m
1. Biljana Relić SRB
2. Adrienn Orosz HUN
3. Dominika Wlodarczyk POL
C2W Junior 200m
1. Aliaksandra Kalaur – Anastasiya Zhuk BLR
2. Laura Ruiz – Flore Caupain FRA
3. Maria Olarasu – Daniela Cociu MDA
C2W U23 200m
1. Sylwia Szczerbinska – Dorota Borowska POL
2. Nataliia Trukhanovich – Iryna Vikhruk BLR
3. Kseniia Kurach – Olesya Nikiforova RUS
All results are available here: http://www.europecanoeevents.com/live-results?gmt=2&gmt2=-120
Source: European Canoe Association.