Zsanett Lakatos and Kincső Takács
Hungary Delivering the Standard: 7 Gold, 6 Silver, 7 Bronze
Prior to the Sunday afternoon finals, the Hungarian medal count was at 14, so to close the ICF Canoe Sprint World Cup in Szeged, Hungary quickly added six more, altogether bringing the final medal count to seven gold, six silver and seven bronze medals.
Hungary opened the Sunday afternoon program with a silver medal: Rudolf Dombi, otherwise Olympic Champion with Roland Kökény in K-2 1000m, this time around competed with Gergely Boros in the shorter event. And while they only had four training sessions together, they still managed to win a silver medal behind the boat from Serbia.
“The final was a little shaky, we don’t really know why. We perhaps could have won the gold as well, should our boat not have tilted, but we really are very happy with our silver medal. We agreed with Geri [Boros] that we will put more emphasis on this event, we’ll order a boat next week, because while this seven-year-old kayak is good, we need something better if we want to achieve better results”, added Rudolf Dombi.
The canoe duo of Henrik Vasbányai and Róbert Mike continued the delivery of the medals in C-2 500m, the competitors of Tamás Oláh now added a bronze to their gold won in 1000m, whereas the ladies, Zsanett Lakatos and Kincső Takács won gold, Virág Balla and Dorottya Kovács won silver medal.
In the afternoon 5000m event, Attila Vajda had a great battle with Sebastian Brendel, who won three gold medals in the end, and Mark Oldershaw from Canada, and while Vajda could catch up from time to time, he finished with the bronze in the end. Likewise, Flóra Nagy, who paddled persistently in women’s K-1 5000m, the two British paddlers beat Flóra in the last lap with great tactics. Flóra Nagy gave her all in the finish, similarly to her result at the Milan World Cup, she finished with a bronze medal.
“I was nervous about the competition, because there were battles on the water and I did not want to capsize. I think I did well, however the British ladies were better in the final battle, so there is still work for me to do. I really like this event so I’m quite certain that I will compete in the 5000m event in the qualifier”, said Flóra Nagy, whose bronze medal evened the Hungarian tally to 20 medals. Altogether Hungary finished with 7 gold, 6 silver and 7 bronze medals at the Szeged World Cup.