Federal captain Csaba Hüttner has expressed his satisfaction after the Hungarian delegation finished the ICF Canoe Sprint World Championships in Duisburg, Germany with two gold, five silver, and three bronze medals and 15 Paris quotas, reports Origo.
A total of 18 qualification places are up for grabs for next year’s Olympics in Paris, of which Hungary has now secured the maximum of six men’s kayakers and three men’s canoeists, as well as four women’s kayakers and two women’s canoeists.
Canoeist Zsófia Kisbán won the silver medal in the 5000m in Duisburg, Eszter Rendessy won the bronze medal in the 1000m kayak single, and the duo of Bence Vajda and Tamás Szántói-Szabó won the silver medal in the 1000m kayak double.
Ádám Varga won the silver medal in the K-1 1000m and Tamara Csipes won the bronze medal in the kayak single 500m. Bálint Kopasz won the gold medal in the kayak 500m, while together with Bence Nádas they won the silver medal in the men’s kayak two 500m final. The men’s kayak quartet of Bence Nádas, Kolos Csizmadia, István Kuli, and Sándor Tótka finished second in the 500m, while the kayak pair of Blanka Kiss and Anna Lucz came in third in the 200m kayak double. Balázs Adolf won a gold medal in the men’s 5000m kayaking.
Tamara Csipes after winning third place in the women’s kayak 500m. Photo: MTI/Kovács Tamás
“With this many we could qualify for Paris in all events, which is reassuring. However, I still have a slight feeling of inadequacy because of the performance of the women’s kayak pair and the fact that they did not show what they could do,” federal captain Csaba Hüttner said, referring to the fact that the duo of Sára Fojt and Noémi Pupp had failed in the preliminary and middle heats of the 500 meter, and did not qualify for the final, thus not having a chance of winning the quota.
According to the captain, all the women’s team performances need to be addressed and there is work to be done. As he said, for some reason, the whole women’s division has done less than it should have, adding that they will analyze the situation, reports Nemzeti Sport.
L-R: Bence Nádas, Kolos Csizmadia, István Kuli, and Sándor Tótka, the men’s kayak quartet who won the silver medal for the 500m. Photo: MTI/Kovács Tamás
The men’s canoeists – Balázs Adolf, Dávid Korisánszky, and Ádám Fekete – all won three qualifying places in Duisburg.
The men’s kayak was the most successful discipline for Hungary at the World Championships, with the competitors not only collecting all the available quotas, but also winning one gold and four silver medals, with three of the second places – K-1 1000m, K-2, and K-4 500m – in Olympic events.
Balázs Adolf won gold at the men’s canoe in the 5000 meter. Photo: MTI/Kovács Tamás
I think all six of the athletes who have now qualified here are world class, said the national captain, praising Bence Nádas, Kolos Csizmadia, István Kuli, Sándor Tótka, Ádám Varga, and Bálint Kopasz, who won gold in the 500m individual medley.
Bálint Kopasz with his gold medal. Photo: MTI/Kovács Tamás
The para-athletes also performed extremely well in Duisburg, slightly exceeding the expectations of national captain Botond Hajdu: in addition to gold medalist Péter Pál Kiss (KL1) and bronze medalist Katalin Varga (KL2), Róbert Suba (VL2), and Nikoletta Molnár (KL3) also earned the country a quota for the Paralympics, starting in exactly one year.
Via MTI, Featured photo via MTI/Kovács Tamás