2017 Canoe Sprint World Championships in Racice a wide-open affair

ICF Media – Three Rio 2016 Olympic gold medallists will be among athletes from more than 60 countries who will be competing in next week’s ICF Canoe Sprint World Championships in Racice, Czech Republic.

Many countries are using the first World Championships of the Olympic cycle to experiment with new crew combinations, while program changes for the Tokyo Olympics have seen several athletes switch their focus.

Germany’s Sebastian Brendel will be out to continue his dominance of the C1 1000, having won gold at the past two Olympic Games and at the past two World Championships.

Brazil’s Isaquias Queiroz dos Santos, silver medallist behind Brendel in the 1000 and the toast of Rio after winning three medals in front of his home crowd, will be looking to turn the tables on the German next week.

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Great Britain’s Liam Heath and France’s Maxime Beaumont, gold and silver medallists in Rio, will resume their rivalry in the men’s K1 200. The pair have met twice in this year’s World Cup, and so far the honours have been shared.

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