Belarusian canoe and kayak team successful at second round of World Cup, in German Duisburg, capturing eight medals, including six gold.
Our sportsmen did especially well on the closing day of the final races, winning five gold medals. In the C2 200m final, Gleb Solodukha and Denis Makhlay claimed gold. Meanwhile, in the K4 1000m, Roman Petrushenko, Pavel Medvedev, Vitaly Belko and Alexander Lepeshko beat the Russians by 0.744 seconds to take the gold medal. The C4 of Vadim Alexeevich, Gleb Solodukha, Ruslan Sazanovets and Denis Makhlay also took gold, in the 200m final, ahead of Ukraine by 0.281 seconds.
The women’s C4 of Marina Litvinchuk, Olga Khudenko, Nadezhda Lepeshko and Margarita Makhneva won gold in the 200m, ahead of the Germans by just 0.156 seconds. In the 500m, they pulled ahead of the Polish squad by just 0.523 seconds. The Belarusian C2 of Marina Litvinchuk and Margarita Makhneva also claimed ultimate victory, in the 500m.
Bronze medals in the World Cup’s second round went to canoeists Oleg Yurenya (5,000m) and Olga Khudenko (500m) while Alexandra Grishina finished fourth in the 1,000m.
By Igor Leshin