ICF Media – Olympic medallists Emma Jorgensen and Isaquias Santos head a list of more than 900 athletes from 62 countries in Romania this week to contest the 2017 ICF Canoe Sprint U23 and Junior World Championships.
Jorgensen, a K1 500 silver medallist for Denmark in Rio, and Santos, a 3-time Olympic medallist last year, will be the star attractions in a competition that will showcase the future of canoe sprint.
Also certain to make an impact in Pitesti will be 2017 World Cup gold medallists Dora Lucz, Virag Balla and Balint Kopasz of Hungary, and New Zealand’s Aimee Fisher.
Several defending U23 and Junior World Champions will be back to defend their titles, including 2015 K2 1000 gold medallists Riley Fitzsimmons and Jordan Wood of Australia.
“We didn’t race last year so technically we are not the defending champions,” Wood said.
“But the last time we did race in this event, in Montemor, we won the gold so we’re hoping to do it again.
“We’ve been going really well in training and hitting good markers, so we just want to showcase what we can do.”