Sprint World Cup in Szeged 2020
Saturday, 03 October 2020
Sprint World Cup in Szeged 2020
It goes without saying that this was not an ordinary Competition. A big effort had to be made to gather sprinters from all over the world and give them a chance to test themselves at an international level. ICF and Hungary managed to do it and the canoeing family had the opportunity to return to some kind of normality. Besides, we all got to watch some great races in Szeged.
The most remarkable performances were those of Fernando Pimenta. Mainly, his K1 1000 race, that he lead, following his style, almost from start to finish, with a notable 1:38.71 in the first 500 meters. But, it wasn't enough for him, he still got a Silver Medal in the K1 500 and returned to Gold in the 5K. A total of 3 medals that made him reach the magic number of 100 international medals, starting in 2005 when he was only 15.
Very promising, the Swedish Moa Wikberg on her first World Cup medal in K1, a Silver Medal in 200 meters, showing that she is ready to fight for the Olympic quota next season.
Not surprisingly, the french duo, Cyrrille Carré and Etiénne Hubert beat the competition in the K2 1000 race. The bronze medalist in the 2019's World Championship were also defending their Gold in the last World Cup (who can forget those last 200 meters in Duisburg). This time, they put their nose in front right before the 500 line and didn't break until the finish line.
Also on the spotlight, Roi Rodriguez and Albert Marti were the fastest K2 in the 500 meters race.
But they were not the only spanish winners. In a great comeback after a 4th place in the C2 500, the young Antia Otero got the Gold in the C2 200. Almost like Russian Kristina Kovnir that after a bronze in the K2 500, just behind the F2 of, also Russian, Elena Anyushina, kissed the Gold Medal of the K2 200.
The big boats, as always, gave us some very exciting moments. This time, two fights between France and Ukraine, with the Ukranian crew, lead by Mariia Kichasova-Skorik and Liudmyla Kuklinovska, taking advantage over the French Manon Hostens, Margot Maillet, Vanina Paoletti and Lea Jamelot. The opposite outcome in the Men's Race, with the Ukranians Dmytro Danylenko and Ivan Semykin leaving Szeged with a Silver Medal.
In Paracanoe, Peter Pal Kiss won the KL1 race, as did Nelia Barbosa in KL3 and Mariia Nikiforova in VL2.
Here is the lisT of Jantex Medalists in Szeged. Congratulations to all.
Peter Pal Kiss – Gold KL1
Nelia Barbosa – Gold KL3
Mariia Nikiforova – Gold VL2
Norberto Mourão – Silver VL2
Remy Boulle – Silver KL1
Fernando Pimenta – Gold K1 1000 and 5K, Silver K1 500
Etiénne Hubert – Gold K2 1000
Cyrrille Carré – Gold K2 1000
Mariia Kichasova-Skorik – Gold K4 500
Liudmyla Kuklinovska – Gold K4 500
Roi Rodriguez – Gold K2 500
Albert Marti – Gold K2 500
Kristina Kovnir – Gold K2 200 and Bronze K2 500
Antia Otero – Gold C2 200
Moa Wikberg – Silver K1 200
Elena Aniushina – Silver K2 500 and Bronze K4 500
Manon Hostens – Silver K4 500 and Bronze K2 Mix 200
Margot Maillet – Silver K4 500
Vanina Paoletti – Silver K4 500
Léa Jamelot – Silver K4 500
Dmytro Danylenki – Silver K4 500
Ivan Semykin – Silver K4 500
Biljana Relic – Silver K2 Mix 200
Natalia Podolskaya – Bronze K4 500
Svetlana Chernogovskaya – Bronze K4 500
Kristina Bedec – Bronze K1 5K