Russian rowers successful at World Championships

The Russian national rowing and canoeing teams have come in third place in the team standings at the 2013 Canoe Sprint World Championships in Duisburg, Germany. The World Championships took place over just four days, with 29 sets of medals being won.

Viktor Melantyev and Ilya Pervukhin won silver in the men's C-2 (canoe doubles) event over 1,000 meters. The Russian pair was second only to the Hungarian duo of Henrik Vasbányai and Róbert Mike. Ivan Shtyl won silver medal in the C-1 (canoe singles) 200-meter event, while Olympic champions Yuri Postrigay and Alexander Dyachenko became world champions in the men's 200-meter K-2 (kayak doubles) event.

Alexander Kovalenko and Nikolai Lipkin won silver in the C-2 200-meter race, with the Melantyev-Shtyl duo winning the gold medal in the men's C-2 500-meter event.

The winning speed of the Russian team, rather surprisingly for the experts, was supported by the four-man kayak team of Vitaly Yurchenko, Vasily Pogreban, Anton Vasilyev and Oleg Zhestkov over a distance of 1,000 meters. The gold medal was won by the Russians in the men's C-1 4x200 meter relay; the Russians Andrei Kraytor, Viktor Melantyev, Andrei Ganin and Ivan Shtyl were the fastest in this event.

Medals were also won by the Russian women: Natalya Podolskaya, Yelena Polyakova, Natalya Lobova and Natalya Proskurina took third place in the K-1 (kayak singles) 4x200 meter relay.

Sergey Verlin, head coach of the Russian national team, told F-Sport that he was happy with the race results in Germany. "The World Championships ended well for the team," he said. "The performance of the four-man kayak was a pleasant surprise. In this event, Russians have not won since 1994." 

First published in Russian in RIA Novosti.

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