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Russell, Horanyi, Fajta, Czellai –Voros and Foley first Canoe Marathon European Champions in 2018

Russell, Horanyi, Fajta, Czellai –Voros and Foley first Canoe Marathon European Champions in 2018 5.7.2018

The 2018 ECA Canoe Marathon European Championships in Metković, Croatia, started with junior K1W, C1W, C1M and K1M events and women’s U23 kayak event. Medals of the first competition day went to Hungary, Great Britain, Poland, Ireland and Denmark.

It was Britain’s Emma Russell who showed the best form in women’s junior kayak event. 17-year-old paddler was stronger in the last metres of the race after tough fight with Hungarian representative Viktoria Nagy. Emma Russell crossed the finish line only 1.09 second ahead of her Hungarian opponent. Joke Plas from Belgium finished the race in third place.
“It was really hard work. No portage for the first three laps, so you just had to stay out of trouble. It was a long portage. And I just keep pushing the pace on as we were getting towards the final stages. It was really hard work especially in the heat, I knew I just had to pace myself to get through, because it was so long,” said Emma Russell after her win.
The remaining three events of the morning part of the programme concluded with Hungarian wins. Jordan Fajta was the fastest in men’s junior C1 event. He crossed the finish line almost 16 seconds fastest than his closest follower Adrian Klos from Poland. Another Hungarian canoeist Marton Horvath joined them on the podium to receive his bronze medal.
Dora Horanyi from Hungary was the fastest paddler in women’s junior canoe event. Girls competed in 11,80 kilometres long course with three laps, one portage and one small lap.
“I don’t believe it. The race was good as well as weather, but it is very hot. I trained for this and hoped I will do it, because I like marathon. I am very happy,” said the new junior European Champion Dora Horanyi after she received her gold medal.
Adrianna Antos from Poland finished the event in second place and Zsofia Csorba from Hungary was third.
The new women’s U23 K1 European Champion is Hungarian paddler Zsofia Czellai – Voros. Her compatriot Sara Mihalik finished the race in second place and Samantha Rees – Clark from Great Britain was third.  
Zsofia Czellai – Voros was very emotional on the winner’s podium when she listened to the national anthem, “It was very special, because this is my first gold medal in U23 and in singles, so I am just satisfied. It was really good. It was a bit hot out there, but I think I managed it quite well.”
In the afternoon we’ve followed the men’s kayak junior race. Young paddlers competed at 22,60 kilometres long course with six laps, four portages and one small lap. Quite early in the race the trio from Ireland, Denmark and Hungary escaped the rest of competitors and remained at front until the end of the race. Ronan Foley from Ireland celebrated K1M Junior European Champion title, Thorbjorn Rask from Denmark was second and Vince Petro from Hungary third.
On Friday the championships will continue with U23 C1M and K1M events and Junior K2W, K2M and C2M races. The morning part of the programme will start at 8 AM and the afternoon at 5 PM.

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

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