Hungary won 24 gold medals at the ICF Junior and Under-23 Canoe Sprint World Championships ©ICF

Hungary dominated the International Canoe Federation (ICF) Junior and Under-23 Canoe Sprint World Championships in Auronzo, Italy with 24 gold medals.

The Hungarian gold rush began on the first day and never abated after Peter Samu, Balint Kollek, Zalan Hidvegi and Gergo Tamas took the K4 junior men's 500 metres in a winning time of 1 minute 23.54 seconds.

This was followed less than 20 minutes later by the women’s quartet Zita Bauer. Flora Tolgyesi, Kata Horvath and Angelina Szegedi who claimed gold in 1:34.59.

Agnes Kiss and Csepke Molnar then defended their women’s junior C2 500 in dominant fashion with a winning time was 1:58.19.

"I didn’t really see the other competitors, just for the first 200. I think we had a lot of confidence," Molnar admitted.

Janka Kiss and Zsoka Czikos opened their medal accounts with Szabina Szellak and Dora Draviczki by winning the K4 U23 women's 500m in 1:33.09.

Mark Opavszky, Maximilian Szendy, Gergo Keller and Zsombor Tamasi then clinched the K4 U23 men’s 500m in 1:20.82.

Borka Sagyvai won gold in the C1 U23 women's 1,000m in 4:33.38 on the first day but there was much more to come for the Hungarians.

Three Hungarians were destined to return home with three gold medals.

Janka Kiss added her second gold crossing the line with Reka Kisko in 1:41.13 to win the women’s K2 U23 500m.

She then won gold medal number three in the U23 mixed K2 500m alongside Zsombor Tamasi.

Czikos won her second gold in the women’s U23 K1 1,000m in 4:00.26, with her third coming in the women’s U23 K1 500m in 1:51.87.

Agnes Kiss added her second gold of the Championships in the women’s junior C1 500m before on the final day, she also won the C1 junior 200m title in 46.48.

The 24th and last Hungarian gold was won by Reka Nemes with an impressive victory in the women’s U23 K1 5,000m, in a time of 26:13.75. 

Odette van Voorst finished second, earning The Netherlands its first ever medal at junior and U23 World Championships level.

Italy’s Sara Del Gratta had won the first gold medal of the Championships in the K1 U23 women's 200m in 40.50 gave the home fans cause for celebration.

There was further Italian joy when Samuele Veglianti won the men’s C1 junior 1,000m in 3:58.55.

Federico Zanutta and Fabiano Palliola also took gold in the men’s K2 junior 1,000m with a time of 3:15.21.

Gabriele Casadei set the seal on Italian success in the men’s C1 U23 1,000m, won in 3:47.66.

There were also new faces and new nations on the podium.

Filipe Vieira claimed the U23 C1 500m title in a winning time of 1:47.12 - marking the first time a Brazilian had won gold.

Poland's first gold medal success came courtesy of Alex Borucki who clocked 1:39.86 to win the men’s junior K1 1,000m.

Latvia's first gold medal went to Malanije Camane and Krista Berzina in the K2 junior women's 500m in a time of 1:44.03.

Earlier in the weekend Berzina had won Latvia's first medal of any colour, a silver in the junior K1 200m.

Yoana Georgieva won the K1 U23 women's 200m in 39.96, the first success by a Bulgarian in these Championships for 24 years.

Other more familiar names also made it to the podium, among them Mariya Brovkova of Kazakhstan, who defended the C1 women's 1,000m in 4:35.01, with her winning margin more than seven seconds over her nearest rival Reka Sakarny of Hungary.

Germany’s Tobias Hammer and Jan Prager won the men's U23 K2 1,000m title in 3:12.63.

Hammer returned the following day to win the men’s U23 K1 1,000m in 3:32.51, by just 0.04 seconds from Denmark’s Thorbjorn Rask in one of the finishes of the weekend.

"It’s really really hard to race here, all the practice for this race, all those weeks, it’s over and I’ve won," Hammer said.

"The whole pressure comes off and it feels amazing."