SENIOR European Championship – Poznan 2021
Thursday, 10 June 2021
European Championship – Poznan 2021
This Europeans were supposed to be held in Duisburg, and they were almost cancelled due to the covid-19 pandemic. Luckily, the ECA managed to find a solution and European Sprint teams moved for the week to Poznan. Some came just to race, some came to prove they're better than ehat they showed during the World Cup, some had the Olympics in mind.
What better way to prepare the Olympics than with two Golds in single races: that's Emma Jorgensen. The danish star left Szeged with some bitterness after the K1 500 Final and in Poznan she had a magical competition. Not only she touched the gold in the K1 200 but also in the K1 500. Even more: less than one hour after, she joined Julie Funch, Sara Milthers and Bolette Iversen for a Bronze in the the K4 500. Emma will not forget this competition so soon. Two Golds and one bronze. A very strong perfomance, also, of the Polish duo Karolina Naja and Anna Pulawska with a Silver in the K2 500 just ahead of Volha Khudzenka, that paired this Bronze with a Silver in the K4 500.
Fernando Pimenta already got us used to leave competitions with more than one medal and Poznan was not different: Silver in the K1 1000 and a very troubled Bronze in the 5K as no one knew for sure if that was a sprint for the finish or a sprint for the turn. Apparently, the judges messed up the number of laps and forgot to ring the bell in the last lap, misleading the athletes that stood there looking to each others. In the end, Pimenta got the Bronze even if he beat the competition in an extra lap that didn't count. In the K1 1000, a special word for the Bronze of Artuur Peters, that stretched the good shape that granted him the Olympic ticket in Szeged. As usual, medals for Samuel Balaz: two Silvers, in K2 1000 and in K4 500 with Denis Mysak.
A rain of Golds in Paracanoe: Serhii Yemelianov, Marhyna Mazhula, Mykola Syniuk and Peter Kiss, all defended their European titles successfully; Norberto Mourão got it for the first time.
More results: https://timetable.europecanoeevents.com/
In the end of June we return to Poznan for the Junior and U23 European Championship.
Here is the list of the medalists using Jantex:
Emma Jorgensen – Gold K1 200 and K1 500, Bronze K4 500
Fernando Pimenta – Silver K1 1000, Bronze K1 5K
Artuur Peters – Bronze K1 1000
Samuel Balaz – Silver K4 500 and K2 1000
Karolina Naja – Silver K2 500
Anna Pulawska – Silver K2 500
Volha Khudzenka – Bronze K2 500 and Silver K4 500
Vitaly Ershov – Bronze K4 500 and K4 1000
Denis Mysak – Silver K4 500
Sara Milthers – Bronze K4 500
Julie Funch – Bronze K4 500
Bolette Iversen – Bronze K4 500
Dmytro Danylenko – Silver K2 500
Manfredi Rizza – Gold K2 200
Pavel Miadzedzeu – Gold K4 1000
Kiryl Nikitsin – Gold K4 1000
Anamaria Govorcinovic – Silver K1 1000
Jakub Zabrel – Bronze K1 500
Laia Pelachs – Silver K2 1000
Begoña Laskano – Silver K2 1000
Volha Klimava – Silver C1 5K
Serhii Yemelianov – Gold KL3 200
Mykola Syniuk – Gold KL2 200
Maryna Mazhula – Gold KL1 200
Norberto Mourão – Gold VL2 200
Eleonora de Paolis – Silver KL1 200
Nelia Barbosa – Silver KL3 200
Federico Macarella – Bronze KL2 200
Katarzyna Kozikowska – Bronze KL3 200
Nataliia Lahutenko – Bronze KL2 200