Canoeing--and teams from the major communist nations dominated the three-day International Canoe and Kayak Regatta with ended in Nottingia in Britain on Sunday (10 July).
Canoeing--and teams from the major communist nations dominated the three-day International Canoe and Kayak Regatta with ended in Nottingia in Britain on Sunday (10 July). The final overall line-up -- the Soviet Union first with 374 points, followed by Hungary with 369 and Poland third on 225.
SYNOPSIS: The East Germans as a whole failed to hold their traditional strong placings, but in the senior men's thousand-more kayak singles, Rudi Helm at number two won from Doug Parnham of Britain.
But it was narrow victory for the East German -- at three minutes 48.11 he was only point 85 of a second ahead of the British contender, after a bad start. Anders Andersson of Sweden was third in three minutes 49.46.
The East German ladies also tried to rally the flagging national side, which eventually finished fifth overall, with a victory in the senior women's 500-metre kayak pairs. Martina Fischer and Marion Rosiger, in number two, took first place in one minute 45.98 seconds, while another East German pair, Gadrun Dittmar and Sabine Pochert, were second with one minute 47.99. Third was a Hungarian team, Klara Rajna and Elzsveth Horvath, at one minute 50.21.
In the men's Canadian thousand-metres pairs, Montreal Olympic bronze medallists Tamas Buday and Oszkar Frey of Hungary came home in three minutes 43.87. They pushed Canadians John Wood and Greig Smith into second at three minutes 45.81, with Alexander Rogov and Sergei Petrenko of the Soviet Union third in three-47.04.
Spain, which lagged badly throughout the regatta and was eventually unplaced overall, had the consolation of seeing its junior men's kayak pair take first in the one thousand metres. The winning pair -- Jesus Cobos and Jose Mari, in the white vests with the yellow bands.
Hungary's Zoltan Bako and Istvan Szabo fought off a stiff Soviet challenge to win the thousand-metre senior men's kayak pairs in three minutes 25.47. The Soviet team Sergei Nagorny and Vladimir romanovsky, were second in three-25.91 -- only point 44 of a second behind. Alain Lebas and Jean-Paul Hanquier of France came third in three minutes 27.32