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Other Water Sports - 09. May 2011.

Grand Finale ICF World Cup, Poznan

The skies were grey, the winds were strong and the day was cold, but crowds came out in their numbers on this third and final day here at the 2011 ICF Canoe Sprint World Cup in Poznan.

First into the water were the C1 200m ladies who didn’t seem to mind the wind too much as Sophie Cordelier (FRA) went clear to win first place. Staniliya Stamenova (BUL) came in second and Maja Madziewicz (POL) was third in this developing class.

The ladies on the podium for the Women’s K1 200m medal ceremony have made a real success of their weekend here in Poznan. After winning Gold yesterday in the 500m race, Nicole Reinhardt was back in the thick of things as she won Bronze, behind Alana Nicholls, who is also having a very good weekend. The Gold medal went to local favourite Marta Walczykiewicz (POL) who had taken the lead at the beginning of the race. Inna Osypenko-Radomska was always playing catch up in the race, but never quite broke into the first three.

The Women’s K2 200m race could be likened to  the Men’s C1 200m race that took place earlier; it was fast, it was furious, and in the end, the officials had to engage the photo finish technology, as there was no way they, or the fans, could tell which boats came in second or third. With many contenders in this race, it was Yvonne Schuring and Viktoria Schwarz (AUT) who secured Gold, whereas Femke Roos and Rowdy Eerde (NED) could only settle for Silver. Nikolina Moldovan and Olivera Moldovan (SRB) had to battle the Polish duo of Agnieszka Kowalczyk and Paulina Wiewiora to claim their Bronze medal. Schuring would later tell the ICF that she was very happy with their off-season preparations and that it was a good beginning to the season for them, “We are very motivated to keep winning.”

In another very tight race, the Women’s K1 5000 captivated the audience . Maryna Paltaran (BUL) came first, Eefe Haaze (NED) finally won an elusive medal this weekend and Lisa Sheriff (NOR) came in third.

That brings to a close the first World Cup of the season. Live television coverage of all the 2011 ICF World Cups What are proving a success. Also the new starting command is also proving a popular decision with the athletes as they feel it gives a fair start for everyone. After such a successful World Cup the ICF moves on to Racice, Czech Republic for the second world cup in two weeks time.
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