Germany won two gold medals on the opening day of competition ©ICF

Germany won two of the three gold medals contested on day one of their home International Canoe Federation Sprint World Cup in Duisburg today.

Yul Oeltze and Peter Kretschmer, the reigning C2 1000 metres world champions, showed their form has held up with a big win over a strong field in Duisburg.

The home pair touched in 3min 30,948sec on the German lake to beat Cuba's Serguey Torres Madrigal and Fernando Dayan Jorge Enriquez.

They clocked 3:31.645 for second place as Hao Liu and Hao Wang of China clinched third with 3:32.444.

“This is really impressive for us,” Oeltze said.

“It’s our home venue, it was a good race and we had a lot of fun.”

Max Hoff and Marcus Gross, part of Germany’s K4 1000 gold medal team at the Rio Olympics, prevailed in the K2 1000m today.

Lizzie Broughton won the women's K1 1,000m title today ©ICF
Lizzie Broughton won the women's K1 1,000m title today ©ICF

They won in a time of 3:11.974 to defeat Slovakia's Peter Gelle and Adam Botek, second in 3:13.744, and Australia's Riley Fitzsimmons and Jordan Wood, third in 3:14.557.

Britain's Lizzie Broughton broke the home domination by stepping down in distance from her marathon specialism to prevail in the K1 1,000m in 3:58.718.

It followed her 500m silver at last week's event in Szeged.

Sweden's Karin Johansson was second in 4:00.149 while there was bronze for Australia's Catherine McArthur in 4:02.739.

Action will continue tomorrow.