Copenhagen – Sept 23, 2013: The central European canoeing powerhouse crossed the line first in seven of the 15 events held on the famous lake Bagsvaerd regatta course, just 15 km north of Copenhagen.
In addition to their tally of Gold’s, they picked up three Silver and five Bronze medals; meaning the podium featured the red, white and green tracksuits of Hungarian athletes 11 out of a possible 15 times.
Topping Hungary’s long list of medalist was the 36-year-old mother of two, Renãta Csay. She crossed the line first to become a World Champion for an incredible 13th time, with five K1 and eight K2 titles to her name.
Astonishingly, she also managed to sum up the strength to take Silver in the K2 Women’s event with partner Alexandra Bara (HUN). Locals Henriette Engel Hansen and Jeanette Løvborg (DEN) snatched Gold.
No problems for McGregor
Hank McGregor (RSA) captured the prestigious K1 Men’s Title to become a three-time World Champion.
The South African, who was disqualified in the 2012 Championships in Rome for a collision with fellow competitors on the portage, said, “I came here with a lot of motivation, I trained hard all year. I didn’t touch anyone, I didn’t bump anyone. I was pretty happy with my race.”
In the Men’s C1 race, first time World Champion, Mãrton Kãvãr (HUN) impressed as he distanced the 2012 Champion, Manuel Antonio Campos (ESP), towards the end of the gruelling course.
New Zealand’s Teneale Hatton won the K1 Women U23 title finishing just two seconds ahead of her nearest rival at the end of the 21.5 km event.
This was the 23-year-olds second World Title this year, following her Gold in the Women’s K1 5000m at the 2013 ICF Canoe Sprint World Championships in Germany at the start of the month.
Spain and Denmark also strong
The second strongest nation was Spain with two Gold, four Silver and a Bronze.
The host nation, Denmark, managed a further crowd-pleasing victory in the K2 Junior Men to add to their K2 Women’s title. They also picked up Bronze in the K2 Junior Women.
Despite a promising start, Danish sprint superstar, Rene Holten Poulsen was unable to medal in the K1 Men’s event, eventually finishing sixth.
The 2013 K1 500m World Championship Silver medalist commented after the lung-busting event, “It was extremely hard, but I just didn’t have more to give at the end. I gave all I had and tried to break free from the others on the last two rounds.”
Also stepping up from the sprint events was C1 Men 1000m London 2012 Olympic Bronze medalist, Mark Oldershaw (CAN), he came seventh in the C1 Men.
World Championship Medalists
K1 Junior Men
Ãdãm Petrã (HUN) – Gold
Artuur Peters (BEL) – Silver
Mãtyãs Koleszãr (HUN) – Bronze
K1 Junior Women
Tamara Takãcs (HUN) – Gold
Kirsten Flanagan (RSA) – Silver
Zsãfia Czãllaivãrãs (HUN) – Bronze
C1 Junior Men
Kristof Khaut (HUN) – Gold
Patryk Gluza (POL) – Silver
Carlo Tacchini (ITA) – Bronze
K1 U23 Women
Teneale Hatton (NZL) – Gold
Raquel Carbajo (ESP) – Silver
Agnes Brun-Lie (NOR) – Bronze
C1 Men U23
Samuel Amorim (POR) – Gold
Pierrick Martin (FRA) – Silver
Rui Lacerda (POR) – Bronze
K1 Men U23
Andrew Birkett (RSA) – Gold
Brandon van der Walt (RSA) – Silver
Mathias Hamar (NOR) – Bronze
K2 Junior Men
Casper Pretzmann / Morten Graversen (DEN) – Gold
Andrãs Gere / Erná Berezvay (HUN) – Silver
Altair Chinchilla / Albert Marti (ESP) – Bronze
K2 Junior Women
Tamara Takãcs / Zsãfia Czãllaivãrãs (HUN) – Gold
Samantha Rees-Clark / Amy Ward (GBR) – Silver
Emilie Ahmt Petersen / Rikke Jørgensen (DEN) – Bronze
C2 Junior Men
Richard Schmidt / Jõzsef Durã (HUN) – Gold
Levente Balla / Vajk Svajda (HUN) – Silver
Lukas Hajek / Simon Hajek (CZE) – Bronze
Renãta Csay (HUN) – Gold
Anna Koåã Kovã (CZE) – Silver
Stefania Cicali (ITA) – Bronze
Mãrton Kãvãr (HUN) – Gold
Manuel Antonio Campos (ESP) – Silver
Tamãs Kiss (HUN) – Bronze
Hank Mc Gregor(RSA) – Gold
Ivan Alonso (ESP) – Silver
Cyrille Carre (FRA) – Bronze
Henriette Engel Hansen / Jeanette Løvborg (DEN) – Gold
Renãta Csay / Alexandra Bara (HUN) – Silver
Anna Koåã Kovã / Lenka Hrochovä (CZE) – Bronze
Oscar Graãa / Ramon Ferro (ESP) – Gold
Manuel Antonio Campos / Diego Romero (ESP) – Silver
Mãrton Kãvãr / Attila Gyãre (HUN) – Bronze
Ivan Alonso / Emilio Merchan (ESP) – Gold
Walter Bouzan / Alvaro Fernandez Fiuza (ESP) – Silver
Bãlint Noã / Milan Noã (HUN) – Bronze. —-