By David Owen

Erlon Souza and Ronilson De OliveiraJune 2 - Could canoeing prove an unlikely source of medals for Brazil at their home Olympics in Rio de Janeiro in 2016?

In keeping with a proud tradition of nations who have unearthed hitherto unsuspected talents in the course of preparing to host a Games, Brazilian canoeists twice struck gold at the International Canoe Federation (ICF) Canoe Sprint World Cup in Poland.

First, Isquias Dos Santos secured victory in the C1 men's 500 metres.

This was followed by Erlon Souza and Ronilson De Oliveira (pictured top) who triumphed in the C2 men's 200m, before collecting silver in the C2 500m.

The Brazilian Olympic Committee recently hired the Spaniard Jesús Morlán, one of the world's most successful canoeing coaches, to strengthen the sport in Brazil.

Jesús Morlán is working with the Brazilian teamJesús Morlán is working with the Brazilian team

In the 77 years since the sport's introduction at the Berlin Summer Games in 1936, Brazil has yet to win a canoeing medal.

Germany and Canada, spearheaded by Laurence Vincent-Lapointe who won two gold medals, were the strongest nations in the event in Poznan.

Each won four gold medals in all.

A trio of countries - Russia, New Zealand and hosts Poland - each won three golds.

New Zealand athletes took three of the four women's K1 events, with Lisa Carrington winning over both 200m and 500m.

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