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Ocean Racing European Championships in Spain ends with non-official events

Ocean Racing European Championships in Spain ends with non-official events 7.10.2018

The 2018 ECA Ocean Racing European Championships in Spain ended with the non-official events - Mixed SS2, OC1 and masters events in women's and men's categories. French and Spanish athletes again dominated the race day, with paddlers from Germany, Sweden and Czech Republic joining them on the podium.


French kayaker David Szlachta who won bronze medal in Saturday's SS1 senior event combined forces with canoe sprinter Lea Caurant to finish Sunday's race between Villajoyosa and Campello with the best time (1:10:30,029). 
"I competed at the European Championships in ocean racing for the first time, so I am really happy with this result," said Lea Caurant. David Szlachta added, "This was was not expected. We decided to start in double surfski with Lea in the last moment. Normally we are not partners in the boat. Lea has a lot of experience from flatwater racing, I have good experience paddling downwind. We had good conditions today, so it was great."
Only half a minute later another French duo Nicolas Lambert - Lisa Gras reached the finish line to pick up silver medal and Maria Begona Lazcano Guimerans - Daniel Sanchez Viloria from Spain were third. 
In canoe event the top three athletes all came from Spain. Andres Lopez Perez, Nicolas Barreiro Brun and Jose Canovas Rios were the ones who were the fastest on the course. 
The winner of men's master event was German paddler Michael Dobler, second place went to Mikel Lauzirika Jauregi from Spain and third place to Michael Odvarko from Czech Republic. In women's master category only Emma Levemyr from Sweden competed. 
After two competition days France and Spain each won a total of eleven medals. Germany was third on the medal table with two medals. France won five gold, four silver and two bronze medals, while Spain concluded the competition weekend with three gold, four silver and four bronze medals. Looking only at the official European Championships events that were on the programme on Saturday with Junior, U23 and Senior SS1 races, France picked up nine medals, Spain six, while Germany, Czech Republic and Portugal each won one medal.
The location of the next Ocean Racing European Championships which is scheduled for the season 2020 has not been decided yet, however, there are two applicants for the organisation - France and Cyprus. 





Mixed All Categories SS2 

1. David Szlachta - Lea Caurant FRA 1:10:30,029

2. Nicolas Lambert - Lisa Gras FRA +35,273

3. Maria Begona Lazcano Guimerans - Daniel Sanchez Viloria ESP +43,764



1. Andres Lopez Perez ESP 1:30:38,653

2. Nicolas Barreiro Brun ESP +2:34,997

3. Jose Canovas Brun ESP +2:43,768


Women Master SS1

1. Emma Levemyr SWE 1:25:04,856


Men Master SS1

1. Michael Dobler GER 1:14:33,891

2. Mikel Lauzirika Jauregi ESP +1:05,593

3. Michael Odvarko CZE +1:05,593