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Germany dominate first day of Canoe Sprint medals

Canoe Sprint Day 3: Baku 2015 - 1st European Games
Sebastian Brendel of Germany wins the Canoe Single (C1) 1000m. Photo by Robert Prezioso/Getty Images
Five-medal haul, including two golds, edges Germans ahead of Hungarians

Five Canoe Sprint medals awarded on Monday at the Baku 2015 European Games.

The first winner was Germany’s Max Hoff in the men’s Kayak Single (K1) 1000m final, and he was closely followed by countryman Sebastian Brendel, who won the Canoe (C1).

"My time of 3:50 is ok, but I didn't start with any time reference in mind,” said Brendel. “It is very hard to do that here; no one has competed here before and the circumstances change every time."

In the only women’s Canoe medal event of the day, Germany took silver behind Hungary in the Kayak Four (K4) 500m, with Poland taking the bronze.

In the men’s Doubles events, Germany were again amongst the medals with silver in the K2 behind Hungarian pair Zoltan Kammerer and Tamas Szalai.

Belarus took the bronze in that event, but powered to gold in the Canoe Double thanks to their paddling brothers Andrei and Aliaksandr Bahdanovich. Germany took bronze.

Tuesday will see Great Britain’s Olympic gold medallist Ed McKeever in action after he qualified for the final of Kayak (K1) 200m. 

“It is lovely on the water. It is the coolest place you can be,” McKeever said. “There is a nice breeze coming down the course so you don’t get too hot.”

 


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