Sebastian Brendel, right, and Tim Hecker, left, defended their men's C1 1,000m European title for Germany in Munich ©Getty Images

Germany and Britain enjoyed success on the first day of canoe sprint finals at the Munich 2022 European Championships.

Three of the host nation's triumphs at the Olympic Regatta Centre came in the canoe sprint events as well as one in the Para canoe finals, in which Britain found plenty of joy.

Germany took gold in the first final of the day, triumphing in the men's K4 1,000 metres courtesy of Tobias Schulz, Tom Liebscher, Martin Hiller and Felix Frank.

They clocked 2min 53.174sec, edging out Spain's Francisco Cubelos, Roi Rodriguez, Pedro Vazquez and Iñigo Peña who clocked 2:53.627.

Hungary's Mark Mizser, Kornel Beke, Csaba Erdossy and Tamas Erdelyi collected bronze in a time of 2:55.748.

Sebastian Brendel and Tim Hecker provided Germany's next victory, the Tokyo 2020 Olympics bronze medallists successfully defending their men's C1 1,000m European title in 3:32.896 to add to their World Championships gold earlier this month.

Nicolae Craciun and Daniele Santini of Italy were 1.421sec further back in second, followed by Balazs Adolf and Daniel Fejes of Hungary in third at 1.689 off the pace.

Jacob Schopf rounded off a hat-trick of canoe sprint golds for Germany on day one of finals with a time of 1:38.012 in the men's K1 500m final.

Adam Varga ran him close with 1:38.237, with Portugal's Fernando Pimenta completing the top three in 1:38.803.

Lillemor Köper led a German one-two in the last final of the day, clocking 1:20.886 to win the women's VL1 200m ahead of Esther Bode, who finished in 1:22.677.

Emma Wiggs provided one of three Para canoe victories for Britain in the women's VL2 200m ©Getty Images
Emma Wiggs provided one of three Para canoe victories for Britain in the women's VL2 200m ©Getty Images

Karolina Bronowicz of Poland took bronze in 1:30.762.

Britain's success in the Para canoe events began with a one-two from Charlotte Henshaw and Hope Gordon in the women's VL3 200m as they posted times of 57.020sec and 57.190 respectively.

Third-placed Natalia Lahutenko of Ukraine finished further back in 1:01.922.

There was also a British one-two in the women's VL2 200m courtesy of Paralympic champion Emma Wiggs' 56.036 and Jeanette Chippington's 1:04.034.

Germany's Katharina Bauernschmidt was third in 1:04.521.

In between those two finals, Jack Eyers won men's VL3 200m gold for Britain in 47.214, followed by Ukraine's Vladyslav Yepifanov in 48.932 and France's Eddie Potdevin in 49.104.

Hungary won the day's other Para canoe final with Tamas Juhasz triumphing in the men's VL2 200m in 53.948.

Spain's Higinio Rivero was 1.211 further back, followed by Portugal's Norberto Mourão in 55.472.

Tom Pidcock of Britain dominated the men's mountain bike cross-country race in Munich ©Getty Images
Tom Pidcock of Britain dominated the men's mountain bike cross-country race in Munich ©Getty Images

That followed canoe sprint success for Hungary in the women's K2 1,000m, as Emese Kőhalmi and Ezster Rendessy clocked 3:33.942 to beat Poland's Justyna Iskrzycka and Katarzyna Kolodziejczyk by 0.664.

Laia Pèlachs and Begoña Lazkano of Spain took bronze at exactly three seconds behind the race winners.

Spain were the other canoe sprint gold medallists on the first day of canoe sprint finals in Munich, with María Corbera winning the women's C1 500m in 2:03.586.

Liudmyla Luzan of Ukraine was more than one-and-a-half seconds further back in 2:05.096, with Croatia's Vanesa Tot taking bronze in 2:06.682.

The first mountain bike medals were also awarded today at Munich 2022, with Britain's Olympic champion Tom Pidcock racing to a superb victory in the men's cross-country event.

He completed the 34.9 kilometres race at Olympiapark in 1hr 18min 9sec, dominating particularly in the second half of the race to win his country's first European Championships gold medal in this event.

Denmark's Sebastian Fini Carstensen took silver in 1:18.20, closely followed by Switzerland's Filippo Colombo in 1:18.20.

The European Championships in Munich are set to continue tomorrow with medals due to be awarded in artistic gymnastics, athletics, beach volleyball, canoe sprint, mountain bike and table tennis.