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Hungary and Italy top the medals table after first finals day in Montemor-o-Velho

Hungary and Italy top the medals table after first finals day in Montemor-o-Velho 29.7.2023

Hungary and Italy won three gold medals each during the first finals day of the 2023 ECA Paracanoe and Junior/U23 Canoe Sprint European Championships. In the 1000 metres finals Hungary won altogether eight medals, Spain and Germany four each and Italy three (all golds).

Hungarian athletes who were considered one of the main favourites for the medals in the 1000 metres finals in Montemor-o-Velho had a good racing day. They have won eight medals in the first canoe sprint finals, three gold, three silver and two bronze medals.
Balint Kollek (HUN) was the best in junior MK1 1000 metres final and won his second title of the year, following the Junior World Champion title from Auronzo earlier this month. Swiss kayaker Luca Lauper won silver medal, and he too repeated the success from the Junior World Championships in 2023. Alex Borucki (POL) won bronze medal.
Zsoka Csikos (HUN) also repeated her success from 2023 ICF Junior and U23 World Championships. Once more she crossed the finish line in first place, ahead of Weronika Marczewska (POL) and Josefine Landt (GER).
The third gold medal of the day for Hungary was won by Milan Meszaros - Iliasz Mitropoulos in men's C2 Junior 1000 metres final. Mihail Culceac - Stanislav Banaru (MDA) and Iulian Serghei - Ioan Rotundu (ROU) were second and third respectively.
Italian anthem also played three times to honour their winners. Samuele Veglianti, who is the reigning Junior World Champion in men's C1 1000 metres event, won another gold medal also in Portugal, crossing the finish line ahead of Istvan Juhasz (HUN) and Florin Bange (GER).
Federico Zanutta (ITA) managed to defend his European Champion title in men's Junior K2 1000 metres final. In 2022, when Junior and U23 European Championships was held in Belgrade he paddled togehter with Luca Micotti and this year Zanutta combined forces with Fabiano Pallida. Richard Herda - Laszlo Borbely (HUN) were second and Martin Lopez - Javier Garcia (ESP) third.
Giovanni Penato (ITA) also celebrated consecutive gold medal. In men's K2 U23 1000 metres final he paddled with Francesco Lanciotti to win European Champion title, a title he already had last year when he competed together with Luca Meneguolo. Philip Bryde - Christian Farstadt (DEN) were second and Mark Mizser - Tamas Erdelyi (HUN) won bronze medal.
Denmark celebrated gold medal in men's K1 U23 1000 metres final. Thorbjorn Rask who won silver at U23 World Championships in Auronzo this month improved his performance and beat German kayaker Tobias Hammer, the reigning U23 World Champion in this event, who had to settle with silver medal this time. Ivan Penchev (BUL) was third.
Diego Dominguez (ESP) had a good day in Portugal. First, her won in men's C1 U23 1000 metres final, ahead of Polish canoeist Kacper Sieradzan and Hungarian Kristof Kollar, and later Dominguez added silver medal to his collection. Together with Manuel Fontan they finished second in men's C2 U23 1000 meters final, just behind Czech duo Jiri Minarik - Jiri Zalubil. The defending U23 European Champions over 1000 metres Ukrainians Artem Chetvertak and Pavlo Borsuk were third this time.
Young German kayaker Caroline Heuser and Hungarian Hanna Peto repeated their success from Junior World Championships in Auronzo. Once again they were first and second in junior K1 1000 metres event. Spain's Maria Paraja won bronze medal.
On Sunday, the 2023 ECA Paracanoe and Junior/U23 Canoe Sprint European Championships in Montemor-o-Velho will conclude with 28 canoe sprint medal events and six paracanoe KL finals.


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