Junior women canoeists were SMOKIN’ at the 2014 ICF Junior & U23 Canoe Sprint World Championships, in Szeged, Hungary. The Americas dominated the podium with Gold and Silver. Twelve times these young women went under :50. Three times between :47-:48. The fastest Junior competition to date. Newly crowned Junior World Champion Katie Vincent(CAN) had the fastest time for all Juniors with a :47.8 in the heats.
The Final was spectacular with 1st-4th place all under :50, and Vincent eaking out the win in :48.982, a mere .052 seconds over Ecuador’s Anggie Avegno (:49.034). Belarus’Daryna Kastsiuchenka came through .4 seconds after Avegno in a blistering :49.402. Uzbekistan had the surprise performance of the competition by pulling out a fast 4th place finish in :49.8. Uzbekistan has been building slowly over the last few years and this is the result of that slow and steady progress, and clearly good coaching.
22 countries from 4 continents sent women to Szeged for this biggest Junior Worlds ever. Imagine participation and times dropping as greater opportunities are provided: i.e., Tokyo 2020 (IOC announcement in December) and more events at the World level (we expect 2 more for 2015 for total of 4).
Thank you to the Szeged Organizing Committee and Hungarian Canoe Federation for another phenomenal World Championships and to the International Canoe Federation for ensuring women’s canoe is an enduring and growing part of our Olympic and Worlds programs.
A toal of 29 countries sent women canoeists to this combined Junior & U23 Worlds.
With 50 total countries developing and training female canoeists, an Olympic medal now within our grasp, and an increase in women’s canoe events offered at the world level for 2015, we expect even more countries in 2015.
TOKYO AWAITS! The IOC votes on inclusion of women’s canoe (sprint and slalom C1) in December 2014.
Thank you to all of the coaches, parents and national federations who are supporting these athletes.
They are ready and hungry for more!
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