29. May 2017

Kopasz delights home crowd with surprise success at Canoe Sprint World Cup

The MOL supported local hope, 20-year-old Balint Kopasz, upset a field full of Rio Olympic finalists to win the K1 1000 gold.

Bálint Kopasz, who didn’t make the final in Rio, finished ahead of Portugal’s Fernando Pimenta and Spain’s Roi Rodriguez, with Rio gold medallist Marcus Walz fading to finish ninth. “I am very happy that I could be stronger than the Olympic medallists,” Kopasz said. “The weather was very bad but I felt strong today.”

The MOL supported Dora Lucz beat home three Olympic finalists to win the women’s K1 200 in front of an enthusiastic home crowd. “I could hear the spectators, it gave me lots of extra motivation,” Lucz said. “I’m always a little bit nervous before a race, but with the years I am starting to have a ‘good’ nervous.”

There were more thrills for the Szeged crowd when Virag Balla and Kincso Takacs – also supported by MOL New Europe Foundation – withstood a challenge from Canada’s Vincent-Lapointe and Vincent to win back-to-back golds.

“It was hard because I felt this pressure because of winning four gold last week,” Balla said. “We are friends and training partners, and we can speak openly to each other. So I think we are a good combination.”

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