Hungary won 17 gold, five silver and seven bronze medals at the 2021 ICF Juniors and Under-23 Canoe Sprint World Championships ©Getty Images

Hungary dominated the 2021 International Canoe Federation (ICF) Juniors and Under-23 Canoe Sprint World Championships, winning 29 medals including 17 golds in the Portuguese town of Montemor-o-Velho.

The country topped both the junior and under-23 medal tables after some ruthless displays.

Russia followed in second place with nine gold, four silver and nine bronze medals while Germany's five gold medals saw it finish third overall.

Hungary made a statement of intent on the first day of the competition's medal events, winning seven out of eight available titles.

The team was ruthless in their performance, notching up wins in junior and under-23 races, and in both canoe and kayak.

Only Germany’s Annika Loske in the women’s under-23 C1 500 metres stood in the way of a clean sweep by the world powerhouse canoe sprint nation.

Among the Hungarian winners were reigning European champions Alida Gazsó in the under-23 K1 500m, Agnes Kiss in the junior C1 500m, and Sara Fojt in the junior K1 500m.

There were also gold medals for Hungary in the women’s under-23 C2 500m, the junior C2 500m, for Emese Kohalmi in the under-23 K1 1000m and Anna Maro in the junior K1 1000m.

Medals in the men’s competition were more evenly spread, with Germany picking up two titles, Spain two and single gold medals for Russia, Moldova and Italy.

Germany’s Martin Hiller held off Denmark’s reigning European champion Thorbjørn Rask to win the men’s under-23 K1 1000m, while team mate Moritz Adam triumphed in a strong under-23 C1 1000m field.

Spain’s Alex Graneri led from start to finish to win the junior K1 1000m gold.

Russia also performed brilliantly in the competition.

The charge was led by a strong junior team which picked up half the gold medals on offer yesterday, including wins to Iuliia Babashinskaia in the K1 200m, Anna Pivovarova in the C1 200m, and the C2 and K2 men‘s 500m races.

Poland’s K1 200m men’s European champion, Jakub Stepun, held firm to win the world title, while Frederikke Matthiesen won Denmark’s gold in the women’s under-23 200m sprint.

The women’s under-23 C1 200m final was one of the closest races of the whole event, with Canada’s Sophia Jensen holding on by 0.14 seconds to beat Georgia’s Mariami Kerdikashvili.

The youth event acts as a precursor to the 2021 ICF Canoe Sprint World Championships which is set to take place in the Danish capital of Copenhagen from September 16 to 19.