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2010 ICF Canoe Sprint World Championships

The 2010 ICF Canoe Sprint World Championships were held 19–22 August 2010 in Poznań, Poland, on Lake Malta. This is the third time that the Polish city will host the championships, having done so previously in 1990 and 2001. Paracanoe (formerly paddleability) and the women's C-1 200 m events that were exhibition events at the previous world championships in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, Canada, became official events at these championships.

Germany and Hungary won the most medals at the championships with twelve each though the Hungarians won six golds, the most of the championships, compared to the Germans' five golds. Brazil, Japan and Tahiti won their first ever championship medals. Ronald Rauhe of Germany became the winningest medalist in men's kayak with his 21st career medal, earning that in a K-1 200 m silver. Rauhe eclipsed that record he had tied at the previous championships with fellow German Torsten Gutsche. In women's kayak, Hungary's Katalin Kovács tied Germany's Birgit Fischer for most career medals with 38 with three medals earned though Kovács 29th gold passed Fischer's 28 career golds. For the first time since 1975, a tie occurred in the medals only this time it was for the bronze in the C-1 200 m event between Canada's Richard Dalton and Ukraine's Yuriy Cheban. Canada also won the first gold medal in women's canoe with Laurence Vincent-Lapointe winning gold. Paracanoe's big winners were Brazil and Canada with three medals each.

Explanation of events

Canoe sprint competitions are broken up into Canadian canoe (C), an open canoe with a single-blade paddle, or in kayaks (K), a closed canoe with a double-bladed paddle. Each canoe or kayak can hold one person (1), two people (2), or four people (4). For each of the specific canoes or kayaks, such as a K-1 (kayak single), the competition distances can be 200 metres (660 ft), 500 metres (1,600 ft), or 1,000 metres (3,300 ft) long. When a competition is listed as a C-2 500 m event as an example, it means two people are in a canoe competing at a 500 metres (1,600 ft) distance.[1]

Preliminaries to the event

Poznań was awarded the 2010 championships at an ICF Board of Directors meeting in Madrid, Spain, on 23 October 2003.[2]

Event format changes

At the 2009 ICF Board of Directors meeting in Windsor, Berkshire, England, women's C-1 200 m was added for these championships while women's C-2 500 m will remain a demonstration event like it had the previous championships.[3] The relay events, started at the previous championships, and 5000 m events, included for the first time since their discontinuation after the 1993 championships in Copenhagen, will also occur.[3] Paracanoe (formerly referred to as paddleability) will have four events covering three classifications with LTA (Legs, Trunk, and Arms), TA (Trunk and Arms), and A (Arms only).[3] The events were confirmed following successes at the previous world championships on 18 December 2009.[4] The schedule for the championships was released on 10 June 2010.[5]

Visit from the ICF

During the week of 1 March 2010, the ICF visited Lake Malta to meet with the Host Organizing Committee (HOC) to see how event preparations were progressing.[6] Some items discussed were broadcasting, event promotion, athlete services, and communications.[6] 2.5 hours of live television coverage on a daily basis is planned for the semifinal and final event as provided in the contract to meet the needs of the European market.[6] 61 million people watched last year's championships in Canada.[6] ICF Secretary General Simon Toulson expressed his support of the HOC and his hope that the 2010 championships will be a good one.[6]

Event progress

After opening ceremonies on the 18th, the first round of events took place on the 19th with 1000 m events completing their heats and the semifinals. Paracanoe heats were suspended later that day to high winds and weather conditions.[7]

Participating nations

75 nations were listed on the preliminary entry list.[8] The numbers in parentheses shown are for those who competed for each respective nation.[9]

Russia had the most overall attendees with 42.

The media guide listed 75 nations as participating, but four nations listed did not compete (India, Iraq, Malta, Malaysia).




Russia won the most medals with four. The people with the most medals were two with Ivan Shtyl (Russia), Alexandru Dumitrescu (Romania), Victo Mihalachi (Romania), Vadim Menkov (Uzbeskistan), Dzianis Harasha (Belarus), Ronald Verch (Germany), and Paweł Baraszkiewicz (Poland). For the second time in the history of the championships, a tie occurred for a medal in the C-1 200 m bronze between Canada's Richard Dalton and Ukraine's Yuriy Cheban. The first occurred thirty-five years earlier, in the K-1 1000 m gold between Italy's Oreste Perri and Poland's Grzegorz Śledziewski.

Event Heats[5] Semifinals[5] Final[5] Gold Time Silver Time Bronze Time
C-1 200 m[10] 21 August 21 August 22 August  Ivan Shtyl (RUS) 39.161  Thomas Simart (FRA) 39.729  Richard Dalton (CAN)
 Yuriy Cheban (UKR)
C-1 500 m[11] 20 August 20 August 22 August  Dzianis Harasha (BLR) 1:47.701  Li Qiang (CHN) 1:48.317  Vadim Menkov (UZB) 1:48.457
C-1 1000 m[12] 19 August 19 August 21 August  Vadim Menkov (UZB) 3:51.721  Attila Vajda (HUN) 3:51.921  Sebastian Brendel (GER) 3:53.837
C-1 5000 m[13] NA NA 21 August  Ronald Verch (GER) 23:24.342  Jose Luis Bouza (ESP) 23:26.398  Marian Ostcril (SVK) 23:38.070
C-1 4 x 200 m relay[14] 22 August NA 22 August  Russia
Ivan Shtyl
Mikhail Pavlov
Nikolay Lipkin
Evgeny Ignatov
2:48.143  Ukraine
Oleksandr Maksymchuk
Yuriy Cheban
Stanislav Shymansky
Vyacheslav Tsekhosh
2:50.675  Poland
Adam Ginter
Roman Rynkiewicz
Mariusz Kruk
Paweł Baraszkiewicz
C-2 200 m[15] 21 August 21 August 22 August  Lithuania
Raimundas Labuckas
Tomas Gadeikis
36.019  Russia
Evgeny Ignatov
Ivan Shtyl
36.411  Poland
Paweł Skowroński
Paweł Baraszkiewicz
C-2 500 m[16] 20 August 20 August 22 August  Romania
Alexandru Dumitrescu
Victor Mihalachi
1:40.781  Azerbaijan
Sergiy Bezugliy
Maksym Prokopenko
1:41.277  Russia
Pavel Petrov
Alexander Kostogold
C-2 1000 m[17] 19 August 19 August 21 August  Romania
Alexandru Dumitrescu
Victor Mihalachi
3:37.317  Belarus
Andrei Bahdanovich
Aliaksandr Bahdanovich
3:37.325  Hungary
Márton Tóth
Róbert Mike
C-4 1000 m[18] 19 August 19 August 21 August  Belarus
Dzmitry Rabchanka
Dzmitry Vaitsishkin
Dzianis Harasha
Aliaksandr Vauchetski
3:18.724  Romania
Gabriel Gheoca
Nicolae Bogdan
Mihail Simon
Florin Comanici
3:20.548  Germany
Chris Wend
Tomasz Wylenzek
Ronald Verch
Erik Rebstock


Germany and Great Britain were the big medal winners with four each. Germany won the most golds with two. Ronald Rauhe won his record twenty-first world championship medal, eclipsing the record he tied last year with fellow German Torsten Gutsche. Ten canoeists each won two medals from five different countries.

Event Heats[5] Semifinals[5] Final[5] Gold Time Silver Time Bronze Time
K-1 200 m[19] 21 August 21 August 22 August  Edward McKeever (GBR) 34.807  Ronald Rauhe (GER) 35.155  Piotr Siemionowski (POL) 35.195
K-1 500 m[20] 20 August 20 August 22 August  Anders Gustafsson (SWE) 1:38.457  Peter Gelle (SVK) 1:38.961  Adam van Koeverden (CAN) 1:39.005
K-1 1000 m[21] 19 August 19 August 21 August  Max Hoff (GER) 3:29.544  Tim Brabants (GBR) 3:30.040  Aleh Yurenia (BLR) 3:30.128
K-1 5000 m[22] NA NA 21 August  Ken Wallace (AUS) 20:01.338  Max Hoff (GER) 20:03.574  Maximilian Benassi (ITA) 20:06.670
K-1 4 x 200 m relay[23] 22 August NA 22 August  Spain
Saúl Craviotto
Francisco Llera
Pablo Andres
Carlos Pérez
2:27.409  Great Britain
Edward McKeever
Jonathon Schofield
Liam Heath
Edward Cox
2:27.897  Russia
Viktor Zavolskiy
Alexander Dyachenko
Yevgeny Salakhov
Alexander Nikolaev
K-2 200 m[24] 21 August 21 August 22 August  France
Arnaud Hybois
Sébastien Jouve
31.532  Spain
Saúl Craviotto
Carlos Pérez
31.540  Great Britain
Liam Heath
Jonathon Schofield
K-2 500 m[25] 20 August 20 August 22 August  Belarus
Raman Piatrushenka
Vadzim Makhneu
1:29.230  Portugal
Fernando Pimenta
João Ribeiro
1:29.970  Serbia
Dusko Stanojević
Dejan Pajić
K-2 1000 m[26] 19 August 19 August 21 August  Germany
Martin Hollstein
Andreas Ihle
3:13.024  Hungary
Zoltán Kammerer
Ákos Vereckei
3:13.204  Russia
Ilya Medvedev
Anton Ryakhov
K-4 1000m[27] 19 August 19 August 21 August  France
Arnaud Hybois
Étienne Hubert
Sébastien Jouve
Philippe Colin
2:54.103  Belarus
Raman Piatrushenka
Aliaksei Abalmasau
Artur Litvinchuk
Vadzim Makhneu
2:55.843  Czech Republic
Ondřej Horský
Jan Souček
Daniel Havel
Jan Štěrba



The first women's event was won by Canada's Laurence Vincent-Lapointe.

Event Heats[5] Semifinals[5] Final[5] Gold Time Silver Time Bronze Time
C-1 200 m[28] 21 August 21 August 22 August  Laurence Vincent-Lapointe (CAN) 48.188  Li Tianian (CHN) 48.992  Maria Kazakova (RUS) 51.724


Hungary was the big medal winner, medaling in all nine events including six golds. The big individual winner was Natasa Janics of Hungary with five (three gold, two silver). Her teammate Katalin Kovács, won three medals to bring her career total to 38, matching that of Germany's Birgit Fischer though Kovacs did break Fischer's career gold medal count to 29, eclipsing Fischer's 28. Japan earned their first medal at the championships with Shinobu Kitamoto's bronze in the K-1 200 m event. Rachel Cawthorn became the first British woman to medal at the championships with her bronze in the K-1 500 m event.

Event Heats[5] Semifinals[5] Final[5] Gold Time Silver Time Bronze Time
K-1 200 m[29] 21 August 21 August 22 August  Nataša Janić (HUN) 40.181  Inna Osypenko (UKR) 40.797  Shinobu Kitamoto (JPN) 40.917
K-1 500 m[30] 20 August 20 August 22 August  Inna Osypenko (UKR) 1:50.461  Nataša Janić (HUN) 1:50.625  Rachel Cawthorn (GBR) 1:50.929
K-1 1000 m[31] 19 August 19 August 21 August  Franziska Weber (GER) 3:57.544  Katalin Kovács (HUN) 4:00.124  Sofia Paldanius (SWE) 4:00.280
K-1 5000 m[32] NA NA 21 August  Vivien Folláth (HUN) 22:44.927  Maryna Paltaran (BLR) 22:53.079  Anne Rikala (FIN) 23:07.683
K-1 4 x 200 m relay[33] 22 August NA 22 August  Germany
Nicole Reinhardt
Conny Waßmuth
Tina Dietze
Katrin Wagner-Augustin
2:50.315  Hungary
Nataša Janić
Zomilla Hegyi
Ninetta Vad
Tímea Paksy
2:52.211  Russia
Natalia Lobova
Anastasia Sergeeva
Natalia Proskurina
Anastasia Panchenko
K-2 200 m[34] 21 August 21 August 22 August  Hungary
Katalin Kovács
Nataša Janić
36.886  Poland
Marta Walczykiewicz
Ewelina Wojnarowska
37.766  Slovakia
Ivana Kmeťová
Martina Kohlová
K-2 500 m[35] 20 August 20 August 22 August  Hungary
Gabriella Szabó
Danuta Kozák
1:40.064  Russia
Juliana Salakhova
Anastasia Sergeeva
1:41.628  Austria
Yvonne Schuring
Viktoria Schwarz
K-2 1000 m[36] 19 August 19 August 21 August  Hungary
Gabriella Szabó
Tamara Csipes
3:34.306  Germany
Carolin Leonhardt
Silke Hörmann
3:37.426  Russia
Juliana Salakhova
Anastasia Sergeeva
K-4 500 m[37] 20 August 20 August 22 August  Hungary
Nataša Janić
Tamara Csipes
Katalin Kovács
Dalma Benedek
1:31.607  Germany
Fanny Fischer
Nicole Reinhardt
Katrin Wagner-Augustin
Tina Dietze
1:32.795  Poland
Karolina Naja
Aneta Konieczna
Sandra Pawelczak
Magdalena Krukowska


Italy won the most medals with four though none of them were gold. Canada and Brazil each won two golds and three overall. All three of Brazil's medals were the first in the history of the world championships. Tahiti's Patrick Viriamu became the first medalist from his country at the world championships as well.

Event Heats[5] Semifinals[5] Finals[5] Gold Time Silver Time Bronze Time
Men's K-1 200 m A[38] NA NA 20 August  Fernando Fernandes Padua (BRA) 56.151  Antonio De Diego (ESP) 1:06.215  Jono Broome (GBR) 1:07.179
Men's K-1 200 m LTA[39] 19 August NA 20 August  Iulian Serban (ROU) 44.176  Martin Farineaux (FRA) 44.448  Andrea Testa (ITA) 45.440
Men's K-1 200 m TA[40] NA NA 20 August  Marcus Swoboda (AUT) 44.617  Paolo Bressi (ITA) 53.437  Henry Manni (FIN) 56.281
Men's V-1 200 m LTA, TA, A[41] 19 August NA 20 August  Patrick Viriamu (TAH) 54.918  Gerhard Bowitzky (GER) 57.046  George Thomas (NZL) 1:00.918
Women's K-1 200 m LTA[42] NA NA 20 August  Christine Gauthier (CAN) 53.190  Marta Santos Ferreira (BRA) 1:04.334  Giovanna Chiriu (ITA) 1:04.346
Women's K-1 200 m TA[43] NA NA 20 August  Marta Santos Ferreira (BRA) 1:02.942  Christine Selinger (CAN) 1:04.534  Séverine Amiot (FRA) 1:06.090
Women's V-1 200 m LTA, TA, A[44] NA NA 20 August  Christine Selinger (CAN) 1:12.096  Tami Hetke (USA) 1:12.520  Lorella Bellato (ITA) 1:20.444


Women's canoe

Event Heats[5] Semifinals[5] Final[5] First Time Second Time Third Time
C-2 500 m[45] NA NA 22 August  Canada
Laurence Vincent-Lapointe
Mallorie Nicholson
2:03.622  Russia
Maria Kazakova
Ekaterina Petrova
2:18.110  Brazil
Luciana Costa
Camila Conceição Lima

Medals table

Shown for the non-exhibition events only.

 Rank  Nation Gold Silver Bronze Total
1  Hungary 6 5 1 12
2  Germany 5 5 2 12
3  Belarus 3 3 1 7
4  Canada 3 1 2 6
5  Romania 3 1 0 4
6  Russia 2 2 6 10
7  France 2 2 1 5
8  Spain 1 3 0 4
9  Great Britain 1 2 3 6
10  Ukraine 1 2 1 4
11  Austria 1 0 1 2
12  Sweden 1 0 1 2
13  Uzbekistan 1 0 1 2
14  Australia 1 0 0 1
15  Lithuania 1 0 0 1
16  Tahiti 1 0 0 1
17  Italy 0 1 4 5
18  Poland 0 1 4 5
19  Brazil 2 1 0 3
20  Slovakia 0 1 2 3
21  China 0 2 0 2
22  Azerbaijan 0 1 0 1
23  Portugal 0 1 0 1
24  United States 0 1 0 1
25  Finland 0 0 2 2
26  Czech Republic 0 0 1 1
27  Japan 0 0 1 1
28  New Zealand 0 0 1 1
29  Serbia 0 0 1 1
Total 36 36 37 109

Source: Medal table – from official website. Retrieved 22 August 2010.


External links

  • International Canoe Federation provisional calendar for 2009-11, including the 2010 championships. - accessed 8 August 2008.
  • Official website (English) & (Polish)
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