Competitors from twenty-four nations took part in the World Canoe and Kayak championships on Lake Kaukajarvi at Tampere in Finland -- with the East Europeans dominating the events as expected.
LV PAN Finish of k-1 1000 metres race for men won by Hungary
SV Winner Geza of Hungary gets medal
SV Winners on dais Hungary, Poland & USSR
LV Pan Kayak 1000 metres for men race & finish won by Ivan Patzaichin of Rumania (2 shots)
SV Winner Ivan gets medal 2nd USSR, & 3rd Hungary
LV PAN k-1 500 metres for women USSR wins (2 shots)
SCU & SV Winners on dais USSR, East Germany & Rumania (2 shots)
LV PAN Finish of Canadian C-2 1000 metres for men, Rumanian pair wins
GV Winning teams on dais, Rumania, USSR & Hungary
GV PAN Kayak k-2 500 metres for women, won by East Germany, 2nd USSR & 3rd Hungary
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Background: Competitors from twenty-four nations took part in the World Canoe and Kayak championships on Lake Kaukajarvi at Tampere in Finland -- with the East Europeans dominating the events as expected.
Hungary captured three gold medals on Saturday (28 July), the second last day of the Championships. They took the Men's kayak singles, pairs and fours.
In the seven finals raced on Saturday, only one Olympic gold medallist -- Ivan Patzaichin of Rumania -- held onto his world-best position from Munich last year.
The East Europeans dominated the Championships, but West Germany and Sweden are showing signs of starting to challenge their supremacy.
SYNOPSIS: In the Men's Canoe Singles -- over one-thousand metres -- the Rumanian's showed their strength. The winner, Olympian Ivan patzaichin, covered the distance in four-minutes. twenty-five-point-four seconds. In second place was the Soviet competitor Romualdas Vinojindis, with Tamas Wichman of Hungary third.
The five-hundred metres kayak singles for women, and in this event, the Soviet Union took the honours. The winner was Nina Gopova, with Petra Brozym of East Germany second, and in third place, Victoria Dumitru of Rumania.
The Canadian canoe events -- and in the men's pairs, it was the Rumanians who again shone.
Rumania in first place, the Soviet Union second, and Hungary third. The East Europeans dominated the Championships, but West Germany and Sweden showed signs in other events of starting to challenge their supremacy. The kayak pairs race for women, over five-hundred metres, and this time the East Germans scored a gold medal. In second place, the Soviet Union, with Hungary third. The World Championships finished on Sunday.