The 2021 ECA Canoe Marathon European Championships in Moscow concluded with doubles events in the Krylatskoe Olympic regatta centre. French duo Quentin Urban and Jeremy Candy defended their title from 2019 in men’s K2 event.
The very well organised European Championships in Moscow brought joy to the teams of France, Hungary, Portugal and Poland who celebrated medals on the last competition day.
In the last race of the championships French duo Quentin Urban and Jeremy Candy once again showed power to claim the European Champion title on a 29.8 kilometres long course. Frenchmen managed to defend the European Champion title they won in a previous edition of the European Championships which was held in 2019 in Decize. This time they were a little over half a minute faster than their toughest opponents Jose Ramalho and Ricardo Carvalho from Portugal. This was third medal at this European Championships for Ramalho after two golds in men’s K1 and in short marathon. Adrian Boros and Krisztian Mathe from Hungary were third.
Hungary picked up gold medal in men’s C2 event thanks to Marton Kover and Marton Horvath, who were two minutes faster than all the other crews. Rui Lacerda and Ricardo Coelho from Portugal were second, while bronze medal went to Poland with Mateusz Borgiel and Mateusz Zuchora. Borgiel and Zuchora were the defending champions from 2019.
The other two races that were held today were unfortunately not official events, because not enough countries participated in event to fulfil the requirements of being official race. In women’s K2 race legendary Renata Csay and Zsofia Czellai produced the best time and claimed the win at a 26.2 kilometres long course. Csay and Czellai are the defending European champions but will have to wait another year to officially defend their title.Amelie Kessler and Yseline Huet from France were second in this event, while Rebeka Szmrtyka and Panna Sinko from Hungary finished third.
Another unofficial event was junior K2 race where Bruno Kolozsvari and Oliver Mitring from Hungary crossed the finish line ahead of Portuguese K2 Francisco Santos – Fernando Costa and Hungarians Oliver Varga – Szilveszter Bolehradsky.
The 2022 ECA Canoe Marathon European Championships will be held in Denmark, more precisely in Silkeborg.
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