Just on Thursday during the Opening Ceremony of the 2016 ICF Junior & U23 Canoe Sprint World Championships guests as well as the athletes and the coaches listened to the welcome speech of Istvan Vaskuti, the Vice-President of the International Canoe Federation. Four days of the competitions, numerous races, medals of different kind, tears of happiness and frustration, victories’ celebrations, support of fans and weather force majeure are left behind the Championship. The world sport event is over. On Sunday the Closing Ceremony was held.
At C4 500 m was won by the juniors Gheorghe Alexandru Stoian, Catalin Chirila, Marius Milu, Andrei Nicolae from Romania:
— We finished rather ahed without any fight at the finish. Moreover, it was very difficult because of head wind. All the opponents were very strong, the race was smooth. We could show better time, but it doesn’t matter, because we have taken the gold medal. We believed that we had become the champions only after the finish. And we breathed out with relief.
Junior athlete from Belarus Alena Nazdrova was the first in canoe single. The gold medal at the distance of 500 m has become the third at the current championships:
— The feelings are just unspeakable. I just did not believe we won. It was hard to go due to this weather, tried not to go away – you may be disqualified. Wehadtostrain, keepoverserves, dothebest. Iwasveryglad.