Large media interest for the European Senior Canoe Sprint Championships in Zagreb
More than 30 representatives of sports newspapers and broadcastingnetworks from all over Europe covered European Senior Canoe Sprint Championships in Zagreb with reports, comments, photos and videos.
A dozen national televisionsbroadcasted the event live or with late evening recordings of European kayakers, canoeists and paracanoeists during the Championship.
Certainly the most impressive images of this EC delivered Eurosport, well known pan-European television sport network whose cameras covered venue from high crane placed near finish lane.
ALBERT WOODS CLOSED THE EC WITH COMPLIMENTS TO THE EVENT HOST
Dear guest of Zagreb and Croatia and the President of the BCU, Albert Woods, after awarding winners of races at 5000 meters closed the European Sprint Canoe Championship for seniors in Zagreb.
President of the Croatian Canoe Federation Petar Lovrić thanked Albert Woods for "immeasurable contribution to the organization of EC in Zagreb", and continued:
- “I believe that all the participants and guests of the European Championship will bring home wonderful memories of this beautiful Mediterranean country and that we will soon see each other here again”. President Woods replied to thanks and handed to Peter Lovrić reward of the European Canoe Association.
-“I thank everyone who participated in the excellent organization of this competition on this beautiful Jarun” - said Woods.
The President of the ECA handed the flag of the Association to the Portuguese Rui Fernandes, whose country will host the following senior continental kayak and canoe flatwater competition in July 2013.
Sunday's EC finale culmination in Zagreb
Sunday was the final day of the European Flatwater Sprint Canoe Championship in Zagreb where viewers enjoyed many attractive performances of kayakers and canoeists. After 18 races Germany has won a total of 11 medals, making German team the most successful representation of the entire EC.
Hungarian and Belarus teams won only one medal less in total, but Hungarians are proud owners of five gold medals as well as Germans while Belarus won five silver medals. Other teams ranking as follow: France, Romania, Poland, Czech Republic, Serbia...
In a very interesting final K4 M 1000 m the Danes triumphed, followed by the Romanians and the Serbs. Sunday’s finale was concluded by C1 and K1 races at 5000 meters which viewers particularly enjoyed. Biggest reasons to celebrate had Hungarians, Romanians and Russians.
Fans created fantastic atmosphere during EC in Zagreb
From the very beginning of the European Flatwater Sprint Canoe Championship on the stands and near regatta lanes fans gathered to cheer their favorite paddlers through the races. The atmosphere was really impressive. Many fans alongside other athletes and their families cheered fervidly for their teammates. The loudest and most numerous fans were Hungarians whose cheering was accompanied by loud drum beats and trumpets. The cheering culminated on the final day of the EC when Hungarian fans joined their forces with Polish and Serbian fans.
Here in Zagreb, once more it has been shown that sports connects people around the world regardless of the religion, economic status or nationality and that kayaking and canoeing are not exceptions.
During this EC both competitors and fans created healthy rivalry and friendly - sport atmosphere. Moreover,the largest group of fans, the Hungarians, honored eachmedal winner with a symbolic drumming during medal presentation ceremony.
Germany won most medals at Saturday’s European Championship finals in Zagreb
First medals were awarded on the second day of the European Kayak and Canoe Flatwater Championship in Zagreb. Polish competitor Malgorzata Wardowic won the gold medal in the K1 W 1000 m.
Disciplines K1 and C1 1000 m followed, German national team celebrated victory in both disciplines which enabled Germany to take the leading position in overall on this EC (total three gold and three silver medals).
Hungary and Belarus took next place (gold, silver and two bronze medals), with bar set this high it seems that two medals are not much but Poland won two gold medals! Romania won gold and silver medals and Spain two bronze medals!
At the EC also participated French and Danish teams as well as Austrians and Slovaks.
In paracanoeist finals in the 200 meters most successful were Romanians with two gold medals while one medal won Austrians and one medal Germans. The last competition day will be in the tone of medal presentations.
Finals will start with K1 and K2 500 m, while the finals in the 200 meters will take place in the afternoon hours. Sunday's program will be closed with long run – C1 and K1 5000 me.
The European Sprint Canoe Championship in Zagreb began
On Friday the 22nd of June the European Flatwater Sprint Championship Seniors began. The event started off with two rounds ofheats in K1 W 1000 m and C1 M 1000 m.
Those events were followed by qualifying races in K4 W 500 m. Paracanoist heats concluded the first day of the European Championship.
Albert Woods openedtheEuropean Senior Canoe Sprint Championships Zagreb 2012
The day before the first heat race of the continental kayakers and canoeists flatwater competition in Zagreb at a ceremony at the Jarun regatta lane the President of the European Canoe Association, Mr. Albert Woods, officially opened the European Senior Canoe Sprint Championships Zagreb 2012.
After welcoming speech of Petar Lovrić, the President of Croatian Canoe Federation,a colorful march of flags followed, athletes from each country participating in the EC paraded at the stage, preceded by their flag.
The opening ceremony continued with beautiful music and dance performances, including a vivid dance act performed by Atomic Dance Factory. Many attendees of the opening ceremony, ambassadors of the participating countries, athletes and city’s officials enjoyed the event.
Dear sport friends,
On behalf of the Croatian Canoe Federation and the Organising Committee of the European Senior Sprint Canoe Championships it is our great pleasure to invite you to take part in this event. The ECA Championships will take place in Zagreb, Croatia’s beautiful capital city, on Lake Jarun – which has successfully hosted many other international competitions so far. Zagreb will be the centre of canoeing sport once again.
On behalf of the Croatian Canoe Federation, which we have the honour of representing, we offer our warmest welcome to all athletes and other participants of this event. Here you will find the most important information about the competition, accommodation and all the services included in the accreditation fee. You can also find all the necessary forms on this web site. The filled-in forms should be sent back by e-mail or by mail in accordance with the ICF Rules within the deadlines stated in the forms.
Croatia and the City of Zagreb will offer you their warmest hospitality!