Sunday was the final day of Canoe Sprint World Championships in Szeged. With the last medals given also the Tokyo 2020 spots were distributed.
Women’s C2 500 m was, as well as two-times longer respective men’s event, won by China with Hungary and Belarus in the second and third place. That also brought Germany without medal, but with the Olympic quota, which was also won by Uzbekistan, Cuba, Ukraine and Chile.
K1 500 m saw all of favorites in the podium with Lisa Carrington from New Zealand dominating the field once again in single kayak, this time beating Belarussian Volha Khudzenka and host country’s legend Danuta Kozák. Serbia and Denmark took the remaining Tokyo 2020 berths available in Szeged.
Germany won the men’s Olympic double kayak (1000 m) with Spain taking silver and France at the lowest podium. Czech Republic, Australia and Italy lost the medal battle, however ensured the start at the next year’s Olympics.
Isaquias Queiroz dos Santos from Brazil added the gold in C1 1000 m to the bronze at the same distance in doubles, while Tomasz Kaczor from Poland confirmed his strength this year with silver after a European Games gold and Adrien Bart from France took the bronze, making a better finish that a favorite Sebastian Brendel from Germany, who surprisingly missed the podium. The remaining Tokyo 2020 quota went to Czech Republic.
Women’s K4 500 m finished, as expected, with the joy of home crowd as Hungarian crew defeated very strong Belarussian boat. Poland completed the podium, proving its top position in women’s world kayaking, while New Zealand finished fourth with Lisa Carrington missing her third medal at the competition in Szeged. The Olympic spots were also given to France, Germany, Australia and Ukraine, who were classified next, as well as to China and Canada, the best teams from their respective continents.
In the same event with men starting, Germany took the gold with Spain and Slovakia in the next podium positions. Quotas were also taken by Russia, Hungary, Portugal, Belarus and the non-European continents leaders – Australia, Japan and Canada.
These results, as well as those of the non-Olympic events, brought Belarus to the top of the medal table with 6 gold, 4 silvers and 4 bronze medals, overtaking Germany by only three bronze medals. Hosts closed the top 3 with the result of 5-4-3.