ICF MARATHON WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP – SHAOXING
Wednesday, 06 November 2019
Canoe Marathon keeps exploring the world. This season, the host of the World Championship was Shaoxing in the East part of China. It's clear that an effort is being made to make races more attractive to viewers. For that, the ICF is trying to improve broadcasting and bringing new ways of marathon racing to the table. The most recent addition was the Short Race. A marathon-like race, portages included, but only with 3.6K. Without any questions, a good to wacth mix of sprint and marathon skills. So, it was not a surprise when Cyrrile Carrébecame the first K1 Men World Champion of the Short Race. For one, he is a renowned sprinter that just won a Bronze Medal (K2 1000) in Szeged, and second, he was the Short Race European Champion a few months before.
But another man would stand out in China. The danish Mads Pedersenwas the name everybody was talking about. His performance in the Europeans was so great that the most asked question before the race was if he had what it takes to repeat the win in the K1 U23 and, most importantly, in the K1 Men. Turns out, he did have. First, he showed it by dominating the U23 race with his teammate, Thorbjorn Rask– Silver Medalist. And second, by fighting with the big names in a very tactical race that he finished with a tremendous sprint that gave him the world title and a place in the History of Marathon. He is the first athlete to win the U23 and Men's race in the same Championship. By the way, with the win of Nikolai Thomsenin the K1 Junior, all the K1 Men Races had winners paddling with Jantex.
Also, great results on Women's side. Krisztina Bedechad a great peformance in the Short Race and returned home with the Silver Medal. Silver Medal also for Szoffi Czellai-Voros, that is, season after season, building her position in the Marathon World. She got the Gold in K2 Women, repeating the win of 2018 in Portugal, in a race where the Spanish duo of Irati Osa(Bronze in the K1 U23) and Arantza Toledowere a pleasant surprise, finishing third.
Here is the list of Jantex Medalist:
Mads Pedersen – Gold K1 Men and U23
Cyrrille Carré – Gold K1 Men Short Race
Szoffi Czellai-Voros – Silver K1 Women and Gold K2 Women
Krisztina Bedec – Silver K1 Women Short Race
Dardo Balboa – Bronze K2 Men
Irati Osa – Bronze K2 Women and K1 U23
Arantza Toledo – Bronze K2 Women
Nikolai Thomsen – Gold K1 Junior and Bronze K2 Junior
Thorbjorn Rask – Silver K1 U23
Philip Knudsen – Silver K1 Junior and Bronze K2 Junior
David Evans – Silver K2 Junior
See you next season.