Positive results of the ICF Canoe World Cup 2018 in Duisburg
Gold and lots of praise for a perfect regatta on the "Premium Competition Site"
DUISBURG (27.5.2018). Duisburg successfully returns to the world stage of canoeing. The team of the organizing Kanu-Regatta-Verein, led by President Jürgen Joachim, received praise for the organization of the ICF Canoe Sprint World Cup 2018 from Friday to Sunday on the Wedau-Course in Duisburg's Sportpark. Thomas Konietzko, President of the German Canoe Federation and Vice President of the World Federation ICF spoke of a "perfect regatta".
ICF Secretary General Simon Toulson called Duisburg one of the premium competition venues for the canoe sprint. Jürgen Joachim was pleased about the top marks: "The recognition does us good. Above all, I would like to thank all the volunteers and of course our sponsors, whose help we could count on again.
There was also recognition from the athletes: Olympic champion and world champion Max Rendschmidt declared after his success on Sunday in a kayak over 1,000 meters: "The audience gave me the extra push. About 4,000 spectators - not counting onlookers - watched the 27 finals for the Wedau-Gold on the three days of competition. The decisions for 200, 500, 1,000 and 5,000 metres ensured first-class sport every minute on the Wedau course. More than 180 races were on the closely timed schedule. Nearly 600 athletes from 52 nations tested their form for the upcoming World and European Championships in Duisburg.
Five stars for the Federal Canoeing Centre
Due to the modernisation of the regatta course from summer 2016, the "Wimbledon of World Canoeing" had to be cleared last year. The return of the World Cup to the city was an impressive success. The German canoeists were highly satisfied with the conditions at the completely renovated Federal Canoeing Centre. The head national coach awarded five stars to the new "home" of the national racing elite. Olympic champion Franziska Weber raved: "We feel very much at home here".
Regatta course director Mirko Günther likes to hear such praise. He and his team had built a perfect stage for numerous Olympic and world champions. Jürgen Dietz, Operations Manager DuisburgSport, the operator of the regatta course, breathed a sigh of relief: "After all the efforts in the past months and years, I was a bit tense on Friday. When the first race went well, I was relaxed and now I'm just enjoying the great regatta."
The team paid back the millions invested in the Canoeing Centre in gold. The hosts lived up to their leading role in the canoe sprint world during the World Cup days. The DKV fleet collected a total of five gold, one silver and five bronze medals before the final four races over 5,000 metres. Germany thus also led the medal table of the second Sprint World Cup after the start a week ago in Szeged, Hungary.