Sándor Totka wins gold in men's K1 at the 2010 Youth Olympic Games (YOG) in Singapore

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Race one in the quarter finals of the Men's K1 saw another Hungarian powerhouse storm it round the figure of eight course, beating the Ukrainian Zelnychencko, but only by 2 seconds, perhaps not the kind of win we would expect but the Hungarian was perhaps saving the best for last. True to Canoe Sprint form, the young German showed who else was a contender for the medal in race two. Liebscher beat the Cuban, Mora by 5 seconds. Next was a Belarus/Poland showdown with the Belarusian winning while the Spanish, Inigo Garcia, pipped the Russian, Igor Kalashnikov by just 4 tenths of a second.

In the semis, it was a clear cut Hungary versus Germany for the final, leaving Tsarykovich of Belarus and Garcia to battle it out for the bronze. Both the bronze medal race and the final were photo finishes, meaning the afternoon ended with a bang. First up, the bronze medal race, the Belarusian completed the course in 1.32.60, the Spaniard in 1.32.47. Garcia took Spain to the bronze podium spot.

The closest showdown came in the final though, Liebschert clocking a time of 1.29.05, Totka making it round in 1.28.91. The crowd lifted the roof to what Totka himself called an “awesome” race.

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