Coach Radoň: People in Indonesia smile all the time

radonLast year he finished on the 7th place at the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro in C2 1000 with Filip Dvořák, but he has come to the 2017 ICF Canoe Sprint World Championships already as the coach of Indonesian canoe team and as team leader at the same time. He coaches 12 canoeists in training center 100 kilometers far from Jakarta. Here, at the Worlds, his team has 7 members, four men and three women. „I am proud of my team, they make me happy but of course our level is a bit different,“ he said.

33, 70, 196, 213: interesting numbers of the Championships

medaileMore than thousand of athletes from 70 countries compete in 213 races. These are basic numbers that characterize the 2017 ICF Canoe Sprint World Championships which is currently taking place in Račice. However, there are more interesting fact that complete the top canoeing event which is held in Račice after 59 years. For example...

Paracanoe: Golden day for Australia

curtis mcgrath racice.jpgAustralia has made a clean sweep of all three Paracanoe gold medals on offer on the second day of the ICF 2017 Sprint Canoe World Championships in Racice, Czech Republic. Among the winners was 2016 Paralympics gold medallist, Curtis McGrath, five years to the day from when he stepped on a landmine in Afghanistan and lost both his legs. Rio silver medallist, Amanda Reynolds, and Rio bronze medallist, Susan Seipel, were Australia’s other winners in perfect racing conditions. Read the full article HERE.

Muscles flexed on thrilling day at the World Championships

fuksa rozjizdkaTwo Olympic medallists were upstaged on the second day of the 2017 ICF Canoe Sprint World Championships, but both are still safely through to the finals at Racice in the Czech Republic. Local hope Martin Fuksa squeezed out Brazil’s Olympic silver medallist, Isaquias Queiroz dos Santos, in their heat of the C1 1000, with only first place progressing directly to the final, while New Zealand’s Lisa Carrington and Caitlin Ryan were too strong for German silver medallists Franziska Weber and Tina Dietze in the K2 500.

Opening ceremony: parcourists and flyboard show

parkourStands full of athletes and guests, flag bearers’ parade, greetings from Czech racers, parcour and flyboard show. All this was part of the opening ceremony of the 2017 Canoe Sprint World Championships in Labe arena, Račice. Czech flag was carried by kayaker Martin Seidl who was accompanied by kayaker Sofie Kinclová, junior World Champion in K1 1000 m. “I’ve already carried flag twice so I knew what to expect. But it was really nice. To carry the flag at home is an honour for me,” said Martin Seidl, the finalist of the European Championships in category K2 200 m. “The opening ceremony was beautiful, I liked everything about it and especially parcourists the most.”

Fifth title for Cardoso da Silva

cardosoBrazil’s Luis Carlos Cardoso da Silva picked up his fifth paracanoe world title on the opening day of competition at the 2017 ICF World Championships in Racice, Czech Republic, on Wednesday. Cardoso da Silva won the non-Paralympic VL1 men’s 200 final, ahead of Hungary’s Robert Suba and Russia’s Pavel Gromov. You can read more HERE on the official ICF website where you can alsofollow the races LIVE.

 

Follow live results

screenshot 2017 08 23 08.57.06You can follow all the results from the 2017 ICF Canoe Sprint World Championships in Račice live HERE.

Watch the paracanoe stars competing in Račice

racice den 3 281Paracanoe had its debut at the World Championships in 2009 and since then it has been part of the World and European championships. This discipline was presented at the Paralympic Games in Rio 2016 for the first time. Athletes in paracanoe events race over 200 metres. They use kayaks (K; propelled by a double-blade paddle) or outrigger canoes called Va'as with supportive floats (V; propelled by a single blade paddle). There are three classes for both men and women in both disciplines.

How to get to Labe Arena

racice den 2 103The venue of the 2017 ICF Canoe Sprint World Championships is located in North Bohemia just about halfway between Prague and Ústí nad Labem. There are several options how to get to Račice – whether you use a car, a train or a bike.