Great Britain once again showed their power by winning six medals in hard and windy conditions on the second and final day of the Paracanoe European Championships in Poznań.
Their medal haul included two golds courtesy of wins for Charlotte Henshaw in the women’s KL2 200 metres final and Stuart Wood in the men’s VL3 200m event on the Polish city’s Malta Regatta Course.
Henshaw triumphed in a time of 49.022sec, 2.220 seconds faster than her fellow Briton Emma Wiggs.
Hungary’s Katalin Varga was the bronze medallist in 54.826.
"It is really windy today, very different from yesterday, so it was a real challenge to do your race plan," Henshaw said.
"I was disappointed with my heats performance yesterday, so the challenge for me was to leave that yesterday.
"Today was a new day.
"I managed to do that and this is a real positive I can take out of it."
Wood, meanwhile, clocked a time of 50.401 in the A section of the men’s VL3 200m final.
France’s Eddie Potdevin finished the race in second place in 50.785 and Britain’s Nicholas Beighton was third in 50.989.
And we have the final results of the 2019 ECA Paracanoe European Championships in Poznan, Poland. Congratulations to all the medallists! pic.twitter.com/7wTrMxHJao— Canoe Europe (@CanoeEurope) May 22, 2019
Host nation Poland also had reason to celebrate today as Katarzyna Sobczak came out on top in the women’s KL3 200m final.
She crossed the finish line in 51.171 with France’s Nelia Barbosa second in 51.307 and Britain’s Laura Sugar third in 52.495.
After securing two European titles in yesterday’s men’s KL2 and KL3 events, Ukraine had another gold medallist today through Maryna Mazhula in the women’s KL1 200m.
A time of 55.092 saw her hold off Italy’s Eleonora De Paolis, second in 55.772, and Britain’s Jeanette Chippington, third in 56.556.
In the men’s VL2 200m final, Russia’s Igor Korobeynikov produced the best time by coming home in 54.340.
Jakub Tokarz claimed the second medal of the day for Poland, picking up the silver in 55.760.
Portugal’s Norberto Mourão was third in 55.920 and thus won his country’s first-ever medal at the Paracanoe European Championships.
The men’s VL1 200m race was a non-official event because there were not enough countries on the start line according to the competition rules.
Russia’s Artur Chuprov finished in front of Ukraine’s Mykola Fedorenko with a time of 1min 02.996sec.
The pair were separated by 9.656 seconds.