Extraordinary canoeist Sebastian Brendel finished the home European Championships in Munich with three medals. The three-time Olympic champion and eleven-time world champion, along with his partner Tim Hecker, took home the bronze medal in the canoe doubles over 500m.
BERLIN – Extraordinary canoeist Sebastian Brendel finished the domestic European Championships in Munich with three medals.
The three-time Olympic champion and eleven-time world champion, along with his partner Tim Hecker, took home the bronze medal in the canoe doubles over 500m. In a thrilling and close race, the German pair were only eleven hundredths of a second behind the second-placed Poles. The gold went to the world champion Spain.
“On the one hand we are happy, but it was also close to second place,” said Brendel at ZDF. The 35-year-old had previously won gold twice: one in Canada on Saturday over 5000 meters and the 1000 meters in two Canadians with Hecker earlier.
On the final day of the Olympic Canal in Oberschleiheim, Martin Hiller and Tamas Grossmann awarded the sixth German gold medal. Only two weeks after their victory at the World Championships in Canada, the duo also achieved the European title in double kayak over 1000 metres. Potsdam won over Spain with a lead of 0.693 seconds, with the Italian pair taking bronze.
In the 500m-plus Kayak Two, Felix Frank and Moritz Florstad were happy about silver behind the Hungarians, who overtook the Germans after a good boat length in the final sprint and took a 0.293 second lead in the end.
Lisa Jahn and Sophie Koch also won bronze in the Canadian doubles over 200 metres, with the title going to Hungary ahead of Spain. Jule Heck and Paulina Paszek also took bronze in the 200m sprint in a pair of kayaks. The Hungarian favorites were invincible, the silver went to Poland.
In the last race of the title fights, Annika Loske won the silver medal in the Canadian singles over 5000 meters. The 24-year-old from Potsdam was defeated only by Spain’s Maria Corbera.
Two-time Paralympic champion Edina Müller secured a second gold medal for the German para-canoe team on Sunday with her victory in the over 200m class KL1 race.
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