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Hungary Wins 18 Medals at Canoe Sprint European Championships

Dorottya Zalay 2021.06.07.

The Hungarian team collected eighteen medals at the Kayak-Canoe Sprint European Championships held in Poznan last week, claiming first place on the medal table.

On the last day of the event, the Hungarian athletes claimed two gold and two silver medals in the 5000-meter races. Overall, team Hungary is taking home nine gold, seven silver, and two bronze medals.

On Sunday, Bálint Noé came in first in the Men K-1 (Kayak) 5000m, ahead of Aleh Jurenyija from Belarus, and Fernando Pimenta from Portugal. In the Women K-1 5000m, Dóra Bodonyi claimed victory in addition to winning the K-2 500m, and K-4 500m races earlier, becoming the most successful member of the Hungarian team.

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In the canoe races on Sunday, two young Hungarian athletes gave impressive performances. At his first European Championships, the 19-year old athlete, Nicholas Fodor, finished second after title-holder and world champion, Sebastian Brendel, from Germany. In Women C-1 5000m, 19-year old Dóra Horányi, also new to the European Championships, claimed another silver medal.

While 5000-meter races are not part of the Olympic games, team Hungary pocketed four gold, two silver, and one bronze medal in Olympic classes earlier in the week, which sounds very promising a few weeks before the start of the games in Tokyo.

In the featured photo: Dóra Bodonyi in 2017. Photo by Tamás Kovács/MTI