European Championships: Three times gold at the start for German canoeists

Sebastian Brendel (l) und sein Teamkollege Tim Hecker jubeln über die Goldmedaille bei der Kanu-WM in Kanada. Quelle: dpa/The Canadian Press/AP

European Championship
, Three times gold at the start for German canoeists

DPA/The Canadian Press/AP | Darren Calabrese

Audio: rbb24 inforadio | 08/19/2022 | Guido Ringel , Photo: DPA/The Canadian Press/AP | Darren Calabrese

In the first race of the day, the German canoeists, along with two athletes from KC Potsdam, Martin Hiller and Felix Frank, were able to celebrate their first title in Kayak foursome. On Friday afternoon, he defeated the Spaniards with a light-to-flag victory on the 1,000-meter course. It was a hopelessly successful start for the German Canoe Association, with some medals to be won that day.

World champions are also European champions.

About two weeks earlier, the Berlin-Brandenburg combination with Tim Hecker (SC Berlin Grunau) and Sebastian Brandel (KC Potsdam) became world champions in the C2 over 1,000 meters in Canada. As absolute top favourites, the duo also debuted in Munich and were able to repeat their win with confidence.

Smiling Sebastian Brendel said, “Today we tried to finish everything and our plan worked out perfectly. We are very satisfied, it was enough for the gold medal.” In doing so, he won the all-important title in the non-Olympic 1,000 meters this year, apart from the World Cup, and went undefeated.

Shopf started off right

The third gold medal of the day was won by shooting star Jacob Schop (KC Potsdam) in a singles kayak. Over the 500 meters he ditched the world elite and won his first European title in singles with a 0.225-second lead over second-placed Hungarian Adam Varga. Portugal’s Fernando Pimenta (0.791s behind) got the bronze.

On Saturday, Schopf is also one of the title contenders in the 500m-plus kayak foursome along with his national team colleagues.

women live without medals

The canoeist’s first final day for the women ended without a medal. In the Canadian singles run strong over 500 meters, Annika Loeske of Potsdam (KC Potsdam) took 7th place. The gold medal went to Corbera from Spain. On Saturday, the next twelve canoe racing titles will be awarded on the Olympic regatta course in Oberschleiheim.

Broadcast: RBB 24, August 19, 2022, 6:00 pm

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