Aleh Yurenia won gold as Belarus returned to the international fold ©ICF

Aleh Yurenia marked Belarus' return to the international men's fold with a dominant victory at the Canoe Sprint World Cup in Belgrade today.

Yurenia was among Belorussian paddlers barred from competing at last year's Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro after the country's men were handed a one year suspension by the International Canoe Federation (ICF) in July, due to doping allegations surrounding the use of the drug meldonium. 

This was overturned by the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) in January and the National Olympic Committee of the Republic of Belarus are now vowing to sue the world governing body to receive compensation.

Yurenia ensured a fine return to the sport with a superb K1 1,000 metres victory on the Ada Ciganlija Regatta Course in the Serbian capital.

He crossed in 3min 24.772sec to finish comfortably clear of Denmark's three-time world champion René Poulsen, who clocked 3:26.328.

Roi Rodriguez of Spain finished third in 3:26.852.

"My start and my finish were no good, but the middle of my race was good," Yurenia said.

"I was so angry and had a broken heart not to compete in Rio.

Martin Fuksa of Czech Republic was another winner at the World Cup today ©ICF
Martin Fuksa of Czech Republic was another winner at the World Cup today ©ICF

"But now I have an eight-month baby girl, my life is good, and I am going to do my best to fulfil my Olympic dream in Tokyo for my little girl."

Volha Khudzenka also took gold for Belarus in the women's K1 500m before Alena Nazdrova outlasted Hungary’s Virag Balla in the C1 500m.

Khudzenka clocked 1:49.064 to beat home hope Spela Janic, in 1:49.392 and Belgium's Hermien Peters, in 1:50.308.

Nazdrova finished 0.968 clear of Balla in 2:05.464 as Katie Vincent of Canada managed 2:08.044 for bronze.

Czech Republic’s Martin Fuksa picked up a fourth gold medal of the World Cup season, once again finishing in front of triple Oympic gold medallist Sebastian Brendel of Germany in the C1 1,000m.

"It's absolutely amazing for me because I have never won four gold medals in a season," Fuksa said.

"I started training in January, so maybe the long rest after the Olympics was good for me."

He won by 1.212 seconds as Tomasz Kaczor of Poland placed third.

Action is due to continue with a final day of competition tomorrow.