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Multiple World Champion Nejc Žnidarčič takes the win at the second ECA Wildwater Sprint Canoeing European Cup in 2018 

Multiple World Champion Nejc Žnidarčič takes the win at the second ECA Wildwater Sprint Canoeing European Cup in 2018

Kolpa River, a border river between Croatia and Slovenia, hosted the second ECA Wildwater Sprint Canoeing European Cup race of the season 2018. Like in the first event last weekend in Skopje (MKD) Croatian canoeists showed their strength in men’s C1 with another triple win. It was similar in men’s kayak event where Slovenian World and European Wildwater Sprint Champions occupied the top three positions.

 


Slovenian kayakers were highly motivated at the race on Kolpa River. It was not just an ECA European Cup event for them but also the first selection race, as well as Slovenian wildwater sprint canoeing National Championships. There was no calculating and all rushed down the course with full speed.

Croatians show their strength at the first ECA Wildwater Sprint Canoeing European Cup of the year 

The European Canoeing season 2018 finally kicked off with the ECA Wildwater Sprint Canoeing European Cup which took place in Skopje, Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia. This event attracted around 70 paddlers from host country and eight European countries more; mostly neighbouring like Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia and Greece, but there were also athletes from Lithuania, Finland, Slovenia and Hungary on the start line. Croatian team was the most successful in the first ECA event of the season, picking up wins in all categories but two.


The River Treska in the picturesque Matka Canyon in capital city Skopje welcomed wildwater paddlers at the ECA Wildwater Sprint Canoeing European Cup. The event was a good test for the organising team. The same venue will namely host the 2018 ECA Junior and U23 Wildwater Canoeing European Championships in August.

  WANTED: 20 elite whitewater paddlers for whitewater competition in China !!!

  Chinese Canoe Association would love to have our help for two races and further development of   whitewater in China for the future.

  In this year, we hope  to find about 20 elite whitewater paddlers to attend the following events.

  -  7th - 11th December 2017 Panzhihua International Canoe Marathon, Panzhihua, Sichuan Province - China

   - 11th - 17th December 2017 International Wildwater Canoeing Championship on Salween River, Nujiang of the Lisu Autonomous Prefecture, Yunnan Province, China

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Excellent results for Switzerland in the Wild Water Racing World Cup in Muotathal this weekend when Classic and Sprint races were held on the Muota River. Melanie Mathys from Solothurn continued her winning run following on from the European Championships.

The Classic race on Saturday was held under perfect conditions with 140 athletes from 14 nations taking part. From a Swiss point of view gold for Melanie Mathys and bronze for Hannah Müller in ladies kayak and Sabine Eichenberger’s silver medal in ladies C1 set the weekend off to a good start. France managed a double in mens C2 and in the mens K1 they also took two medals with Paul Graton silver und Paul Jean bronze.

Young Swiss talent Linus Bolzern from Luzern also finished a respectable 5th.

A hectic first World Cup day has now drawn to a close. 140 athletes took to the waters of the Muota today for the classic race, held under perfect conditions. The technical sections pushed the paddlers from 14 nations to their limits. Thanks to the slick race organisation, there were some top performances to be seen.

ICF Ranking Race, ECA CUP Final race in Wildwater Canoeing and ECA Cup in BoaterX on Eiskanal

Since the Olympic Games 1972 in Germany, the “Eiskanal” in Augsburg has been known in the canoe scenery as a very challenging artificial white water circuit. Many high level competitions in Canoe Slalom and Wildwater Canoeing Sprint have already been hosted on the 300 meter long WW III-IV channel. After organizing of  the 1. World Championship in Wildwater Canoeing Sprint in 2011 Augsburg gave place to the 2. ECA Wildwater Sprint Cup and ICF ranking race. Competitors from 13 nations used the races in Ausgburg as a last test event just before the World Championships in Banja Luka which will be held on the river Vrbas three weeks later. The competition in Augsburg were organized with best weather and water conditions  by around 100 volunteers without any problems on ICF Ranking race on Saturday as well as the ECA Sprint Cup final race on Sunday.