British Canoeing enjoyed a very successful Olympic Hopes Regatta at the last sprint regatta of 2016, capping a successful year of racing. A team of 22 took their first foray into the world of international competition, with credible results achieved by all.
This years regatta was held on the iconic course of Szeged, Hungary. 700 athletes competed from over 30 different countries, making this the biggest Olympic Hopes regatta to date. British Canoeing competitors raced in all three age categories and finished the regatta with a comfortable ranking in the top 20 nations. Our best result delivered a Bronze medal, our athletes also achieved six A final finishes.
Day 2 saw three A finals – Miki Marciniak (Wey KC) in the U17 K1M 1000m, finishing in 8th place after a great start but was beaten in the final stages. The other finalists were Freya Peters (Richmond CC) and Emma Russell (Chelmsford CC) in the U15 and U16 K1W 1000m, both showing great determination and finishing in 6th and 7th place respectively.
On Day 3 most boats competed in a semi final and again three boats made it to an A final, with some very narrow misses. Florence Duffield (Norwich CC) finished 8th in the U16 K1W 500m after a promising 2nd place in her semi final; the U16 Women’s K2 pair, Lily Wong (Richmond CC) and Emma Russell (Chelmsford CC) finished 3rd in their semi final and 7th in the final. The star of the day was Miki Marciniak with his 3rd place finish in the final of the U17 K1M 500m, winning a Bronze medal for the team.
Full results for the competition can be found here.