Danish kayaker René Holten Poulsen is triple world champion and six-time European champion. He graduated as a carpenter but since 2011 he has professionally focused on sport. He trains two to three times a day, three months in a year he spends abroad on training camps. Combination of strong-mindedness and willingness to train more and harder than others makes him one of the best kayakers in the world. Not in vain he’s called Powerhouse Poulsen.
Czech K4 has been successful with the same crew since the 2012 Olympic Games ito the last year’s Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. However, crew has changed this year. Nevertheless, Jakub Špicar, Daniel Havel, Radek Šlouf and Jan Štěrba gained two bronze medals at the World Cup races despite the fact that their major discipline has been shortened for just a half – 500 m instead of a kilometre. “We suit each other,” says Jakub Špicar, the medallist from junior and U 23 championships.
As a small kid, Martin Fuksa dreamed that one day he would play ice hockey for New Jersey Devils in NHL. However, after a single hockey match he paradoxically decided to bring his desire to be the best into a family sport – canoe sprint. Since today he has gained two silver medals at the World Championships on one kilometre race, he’s the world champion on 500m and four-time in a row European champion on the same race. On top of that he won two World Cup races at the beginning of this season i Montemor.
Only 100 days left to the start of the 2017 ICF Canoe Sprint World Championships which takes place from the 23rd to the 27th of August at Labe Arena in Račice. You can look forward to the great Czech athletes competing with the Olympic and the World champions. We will start with paracanoe races which you can watch for free on the 23rd of August. Tickets for the next days are available at Ticketstream portal.
The Labe arena Račice venue is getting ready for the upcoming European Rowing Championship as well as the 2017 ICF Canoe Sprint World Championships. New catering area is already in use. There are new utility rooms. The area around the main tribune is nicely renewed. Also part of the tower went through a renovation. The new canal was built at the 600 meters mark above finish line.
The International Canoe Federation ICF has decided to change the disciplines for the 2017 ICF World Canoe Sprint Championships in Račice. Unlike previously announced there won`t be equal amount of races for male and female paddlers. The planned program is similar to schedule of 2015 World Championships. Therefore C1 500 m, K2 200 m or C4 races are back on schedule, as well as K4 1000 m. There is another K4 race as K4 500 m stayed also. You can check the provisional schedule HERE.
There are some major changes in the program of the ICF Canoe Sprint World Championships as of 2017. Men and women have the same amount of disciplines. Men`s K4 1000 m was replaced by the K4 500 m. Men`s K2 200 m is missing, as well as C1 500 m or C4 races. Female have five canoe races (C1 200, 500 and 5000 m and C2 200 and 500 m). Check the table with disciplines.
It`s going to be an awesome canoe sprint event and you shouldn`t miss all the stars. It`s not even spring yet and there are already 33 countries and 750 participants registered for the 2017 ICF Canoe Sprint World Championships in Račice. For the paracanoe championships 143 participants have already registered. The organizers expect all the numbers to double by the start of the event. If you didn`t buy your tickets yet, you can acquire them at Ticketstream.
There is a lot of going on in Račice before the 2017 European Rowing Championships and the 2017 ICF Canoe Sprint World Championships. Catering facilities as well as stands for fans were reconstructed. Also new canal is being built at 600 m mark above finish line to make things easier for paddlers coming to the start of races for 500 m and 200 m. You can check some photos on our Facebook page.
The 2017 ICF Canoe Sprint World Championship will start in just 200 days. You can find all the important information, including details about accommodation, transport, competition venue, list of events, entries, boat rentals or deadlines and services included in the participation fee in the championship`s bulletin. We are looking forward to welcome you to Račice this August!