Two more victory go to the balance of the hungarian team. Both races at 11:00 ended with winner, who got a bit more cleverness especially at the portage and on the course at the turnarounds. The duouble-kayak of the women 26,2 km was very close to the end, but it seem that Renata Csay and Alexandra Bara had everything under control against the boat from south africa. In the last turnanround Hungary made everythin clear to paddle with a strong final sprint to the end. But of course Jenna Ward and Kyeta Purchase from South Africa were also happy with the silver medal. “It it amazing that we won silver” said Jenna Ward. “There were about eight boats, who could paddle to the medals.”
Daniel Laczó and Tamas Bakó did, what most hungarian canoeists did at the ICF World Championships Canoe Marathon in Brandenburg an der Havel. They won with a comfortable gap to their opponents. And no surprise. Also the second boat with Gergely Zoltán Kosnovszki and Balazs Adolf was from hungary. A double victory on the 19 km long distance for the Canoe Double of the leading country at the Beetzsee. There was no chance for the third boat from Portugal which was two minutes later to paddle with the two hungarians boats in the last laps to fight with them in a final sprint. “The other hungarian boat was strong, espacially in the first laps”, said Laczó. “But our strategy was to increase later and so we had no problems at the portage and the final lap.”
It looks so easy, when Hank McGregor paddles the 30 km, when he easily flies through the portage or when he increases speed in front of the finish line. The sympathic South African Kayaker is the old and new World Chmapion in Canoe Marathon (30km).
Although his opponents were also very strong this year McGregor got enough time to celebrate together with the fans at the last portage. Directly afer the last portage a group of five paddlers got to the last small lap of 1,5 km. From there on McGregor was concentrating on his strategy, which ended in an phenomenal sprint of 350 m.
Six victories for Hungary in seven races at the ICF World Championships Canoe Marathon in Brandenburg an der Havel at the first race day shows a big domination, which was added by three silver and one bronze medal.
First goldmelist of the day was Noémi Pupp from Hungary in K1 Women at 19km-distance. After a strong race she only had to fight against Viktoria Nagy. But with a long and strong finish her victory was sure. After the race she said: “I am fine, but also tired now. It was a hard race against Viktoria Nagy and the south african girl. They were really strong.”