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Kiszli – Mihalik, Romero – Grana and Boros - Solti win the remaining gold medals of the 2018 ECA Canoe Marathon European Championships

Kiszli – Mihalik, Romero – Grana and Boros - Solti win the remaining gold medals of the 2018 ECA Canoe Marathon European Championships 8.7.2018

An exciting four days of racing at the 2018 ECA Canoe Marathon European Championships in Metković, Croatia, concluded with men’s C2, women’s K2 and men’s K2 events. Vanda Kiszli – Sara Mihalik, Diego Romero – Oscar Grana and Adrian Boros – Laszlo Solti are the last recipients of gold medals at this European Championships.


Last competition day in Metković brought exciting races in all events. The first race of the day was men’s C2 event where Spanish duo Diego Romero and Oscar Grana showed the best form to pick up the gold medal. In the finish line they had 15 seconds advantage over second placed Polish canoeists Mateusz Borgiel and Mateusz Zuchora. Daniel Laczo and Gergely Nagy from Hungary were third.
Before the last portage Romero and Grana already had enough advantage and their win was not endangered, but it was a tough fight between the Polish and Hungarian crews for the silver medal. The Hungarians received a 15 seconds penalty at the last portage which was a decisive moment in the race. They did, however, live the portage roughly at the same time, but Polish duo had a slight advantage and they remained in this position until the end. Last year’s European Champions Manuel Campos and Jose Sanchez were fifth this year.
The last portage was the most important moment of women’s K2 event as well. Both Hungarian crews Csay – Bara and Kiszli – Mihalik and Spanish Barrios – Osaba finished the first lap together with big advantage over the remaining boats in the race. As the event continued all Hungarians paddled their own race and Spanish their own slightly behind. Just before the last portage Csay and Bara sped up and came to the portage in the first place, but they have experienced some troubles there and Kiszli and Mihalik who were not far behind took the opportunity to overtake them. Bara and Csay, who were defending their title from last year, tried to close the gap in the last short lap but failed. So, it was a gold medal for young Hungarian paddlers Vanda Kiszli and Sara Mihalik and silver for Renata Csay and Alexandra Bara. Eva Barrios and Amaia Osaba from Spain were third. Barrios won a bronze medal last year as well, but in a boat together with Aurora Figueras.
“We knew portages are very long, so we’ve tried to save our energy for the running. During the first portage I felt it is long but good, we’ve just tried to stay with Renata, with them. I think our running was incredible so we could manage,” said Vanda Kiszli.
Sara Mihalik added, “I love this K2, it is always a pleasure. After the first running I saw we can control this. We were racing against Renata Csay and Alexandra Bara, so you can never know. Spanish girls were also doing so great.”
The last event of the championships was men’s K2 race where paddlers competed in 29,80 kilometres long course, consisting of eight laps, six portages and one small lap. The defending champions Adrian Boros and Laszlo Solti came to the last portage with significant advantage, so they could paddle stresless in the last small lap. The won with 27,61 seconds advantage over French duo Edwin Lucas – Stephane Boulanger, while Spanish crew Jose Julian – Miguel Fernandez picked up bronze medal.
The most successful team was Hungary with a total of 20 medals, 9 of them gold, five silver and six bronze. Spain finished second in the medal table with two gold and two bronze medals and Poland was third with one gold, four silver and one bronze medal. Fourteen different countries won medal this end of the week in Croatia.
Next year the ECA Canoe Marathon European Championships will take place in Decize, France.


Results: http://metkovic2018.spotfokus.com/home?gmt=2&gmt2=-120


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