Hungary proved dominant on the opening day of the European Canoe Marathon Championships as they claimed four of the five junior titles on offer in Pontevedra in Spain.
Fruzsina Nagy Viktoria secured their first success of the Championships, clocking a time of 1 hour 35min 16sec in the women’s K1 junior competition, with her team-mate Zsofia Balogh ending 24 seconds down to win the silver medal.
The podium was completed by home favourite Nora Rey, who finished in 1:39:13.
There was also a Hungarian one-two in the under-23 competition as Vanda Kiszli and Noemi Misko achieved times of 1:49:10 and 1:49:30 respectively.
Demark’s Emilie Rosenkilde narrowly missed out on earning the silver medal, finishing just two seconds adrift of Misko.
Bendeguz Bazsonyi Balint completed Hungary’s clean sweep of the junior K-1 competitions as he triumphed in the men’s event in a time of 1:42:26.
Portugal’s Luis Ferreira and Germany’s Nico Paufler earned the silver and bronze medals by achieving times of 1:42:31 and 1:42:37 respectively.
Further Hungarian gold was secured by Panna Palfia as she triumphed in the women’s C-1 junior competition by crossing the finish line in 1:32:27.
Germany’s Julia Dunkel clinched the silver medal in 1:34:43 and Spain's Lara Outon ended 4:56 down on the winner in third place.
Portugal's Sergio Maciel, ended Hungary’s run of gold medal, winning the men’s C-1 junior race in 1:35:37.
The podium, however, still contained two Hungarians as Sebestyen Simon and Balazs Adlof finished in 1:35:57 and 1:36:03 respectively.
More than 200 athletes are competing at the Championships with the junior competitions set to conclude tomorrow.
Senior events will begin on Saturday (July 2) and will draw to a close the following day.