It is too early to guess what countries will be on the podium, but today the first favorites have been defined. Many athletes have noted the Belarusian team. Kayak double headed by juniors from Belarus Mikita Sanko and Uladzislau Sukhanosau finished first, racing the distance of 1000 meters and obtained a ticket to the finals with canoeists from Denmark, Romania, Germany, Slovakia, Great Britain, Hungary, Portugal and Poland.
Canoe double of juniors Ryhor Maisiuk and Dzianis Vashchanka came first at a distance of 1000 meters. But to become the winners, athletes need to compete with doubles from other five countries: Czech Republic, Poland, Spain, Germany, Russia.
It was really hot in the afternoon on the regatta course in Zaslavl, and at the same time the athletes competed for access to the final water.
Among the juniors in C2 Women 500 m athletes from Poland, Spain and Canada came to the finals. At the same distance in K4 the juniors from six countries: Spain, China, Romania, Germany, Poland, Australia, took an opportunity to compete in the final.
There was strong wind when U23 Men heats began. Greater part of the athletes was in difficulties as it was hard to save the balance in the boat. The participants of the competitions believe in the various signs hoping that superstitions help to win despite the weather conditions.
— We think that wind helped us to win. But in order to attract the luck we bring dollars with us. For these competitions we took 20 dollars, — kayakers from Lithuania Donatas Zaldokas and Gitys Vasilenko shared their secrets of success. They took the 16th place at the previous competitions in Romania.
Today the water in the Regatta Course in Zaslavl roughed from the strokes of the oars. The organizers of the Championships make lots of efforts to hold it successfully. Sergey Khmelkov, the director of the Republican Center of Olympic Training for rowing and canoeing sports, told about how Belarus became the host of the Championships, as well as how the regatta course was built and reconstructed.
— To host the current Championships, we made a great work during 5 years. At the end of 2010 the reconstruction of the course was finished, the infrastructure for preparation and holding international competitions was created.
The athletes from Hungary, Denmark, Germany and Argentina were the first in K2 Junior Men heats. Russians Andrei Shmyrov and Viktor Gavrilenko came the fifth but this result is not loss, but tactic:
— If to talk about our result it is necessary to note it is just heats. The most important to reach the final. Now we save our strength. We are not afraid this tactic may not play into the hands. Once again the place is not significant now.