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Paracanoeists in Poznan for European Champion titles

Paracanoeists in Poznan for European Champion titles 20.5.2019

Canoeing season 2019 is well underway. The 2019 ECA Wildwater Canoeing European Championships has just concluded, and we are already ahead of the 2019 ECA Paracanoe European Championships which will be held in Poznan, Poland, this Tuesday and Wednesday.

This year Canoe Sprint European Championships will not be organised because of the upcoming European Games in Minsk, the results of which will also count for European Championships, so the Paracanoe European Championships which is usually an integral part of the Canoe Sprint Championships will be organised separately. Polish Canoe Federation decided to organise the 2019 ECA Paracanoe European Championships just ahead of the Canoe Sprint and Paracanoe World Cup which will start on Thursday.
Around 100 boats from 16 countries are entered in this year’s ECA Paracanoe European Championships. In the entry list, we can find competitors from Armenia, Austria, Belarus, France, Germany, Great Britain, Hungary, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Serbia, Spain and Ukraine.
British team will compete with their strongest athletes, including Jeanette Chippington. Charlotte Henshaw, Emma Wiggs, Nicolas Beighton, Ian Marsden, David Phillipson ... Hungarians have entered their experienced paddlers Robert Suba and Katalin Varga, Austria will be represented by multiple European and World Championships medallist Marcus Swoboda, Esteban Faria, Federico Mancarella and Marius Ciustea will fight for Italy, Russia will also come with their standard team, including Nadezda Andreeva, and Germany with Ivo Killian and Anja Adler among others. Ukraine will again have strong favourites for the medals on the start line with Serhii Yemelianov and Mykola Syniuk, while Poland as the host nation expects a lot from their representatives Jakub Tokarz, Kamila Kubas and Katarzyna Sobczak.
With many excellent paddlers on the start, there are, however, some past World and European Championships medallists missing. German parakayaker Edina Müller gave birth to son Liam in January and is now in a preparation period, and last year’s World and European Champion Helene Ripa from Sweden will also be absent in Poland.
During the first competition day we will see heats and semifinals in men’s KL2, KL3, VL2 and VL3 events as well as finals in women’s VL2+VL1 and VL3 events and men’s KL1, KL2 and KL3 events. On Wednesday the competition programme brings semifinals in men’s VL2 and VL3 event and finals A in women’s KL1, KL2 and KL3 events, and men’s VL1, VL2 and VL3 events.



Day 1 – Tuesday, 21st May 2019

10:00 Heats KL2M and KL3M

13:50 Semifinal KL2M and KL3M

14:00 Final A VL2W+VL1W and VL3W

14:50 Final A KL1M, KL2M and KL3M

16:00 Heats VL2M, VL3M

16:30 Medals ceremony


Day 2 – Wednesday, 22nd May 2019

9:45 Semifinal VL2M and VL3M

10:35 Final A KL1W, KL2W, KL3W, VL1M, VL2M, VL3M

11:20 Medals ceremony