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Funk and Anton unbeatable in Australia

Funk and Anton unbeatable in Australia 25.2.2019

Olympic course in Penrith hosted the second competition of the 2019 Sydney International Whitewater Festival. After last week’s Australian Open this weekend paddlers competed at Oceania Championships. European competitors again took majority of the medals.

German paddlers showed good form already last weekend and this one was no different. Ricarda Funk celebrated her second win of the year in Australia in women’s kayak final. Reigning European champion won the race in front of Camille Prigent from France and Urša Kragelj from Slovenia.
The second win for Germany came in men’s canoe final where 2018 World Champion Franz Anton produced the best run. It was a very tight win as Matej Benuš (Slovakia) finished the race in second place only 0.17 seconds behind Anton. Marko Mirgorodsky (Slovakia) was third.
In men’s kayak final American paddler Michal Smolen won the race in front of Slovak paddler Jakub Grigar and French representative Boris Neveu.
In women’s canoe final Lucie Prioux (France) picked up bronze medal, finising the race behing two Australians – Jessica Fox and Rosalyn Lawrence.


For the second weekend in a row Vid Debeljak from Slovenia celebrated a win in wildwater sprint canoeing part of the whitewater festival in Australia. Debeljak who will defend European Champion title in men’s K1 wildwater sprint canoeing later this year had no real competition ‘down under’. He was more than three and a half seconds faster than his opponents. Kaylen Basset was second and Alexander McIntyre (both Australia) third.
Another medal by European representatives was won by Martina Wegman (Netherlands) who took part in the canoe freestyle competition. She received 165 points which earned her silver medal. Sage Donnelly from United States of America was winner of this competition, while Yoshiko Suematsu from Japan finished third.

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