In Portugal from 22 to 26 of August was held the World Para Canoe Championships for persons with physical impairments.
On the first day of the competition the representative of the Krasnodar Region Larisa Volik won the gold medal in VL3 canoe among women.
Larisa overcame the distance in 1 min. 06,262, second came the Ukrainian Natalia Lagutenko - 1: 06,397, and the bronze award went to the representative of Great Britain, Charlotte Henshaw - 1: 06,407.
On the second day of the championships the representative of Saints Petersburg Nadezhda Andreeva won the bronze medal in the kayak competition KL2, demonstrating a final result of 56,412 sec.
The first places went to Charlotte Henshaw/ (52,627) and Emma Wiggs/ (53,402) respectively.
On the third day the Muscovite Leonid Krylov became a bronze medalist in in the kayak races in class KL3 with a result of 40.896 sec.
The world champion became the Ukrainian Sergey Emelyanov (39,031) and in second place came the Brazilian athlete Caio Carvalho / 39,761 sec.
On the final day of the championships Marya Nikiforova, an athlete from Volgograd, became a bronze medalist in a VL2 canoe race. She overcame the distance in 1:00,546.
The first two triumph places, as in the medal event KL2 kayak, went to Emma Wiggs/ (57,776) and Charlotte Henshaw/ (1:00,491) respectively.
In the overall medal table the Russian team took the 6th place.
The winners of the overall medal table became the team of Great Britain (2 gold, 2 silver and 3 bronze medals), second came the Ukrainian athletes (2 gold, 1 silver and 1 bronze medal) and in the third place the Australian national team (2 gold and 1 silver medals).
The Russian Paralympic Committee congratulates the Russian athletes on the winning of 1 gold and 3 bronze medals and wishes further success in oncoming competitions!!
The Para Canoe is a paralympic sport that entered the Paralympic Games on 2016 in the Summer Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro (Brazil). The competitions are among men and women racing in individual races with kayaks (К-1) and canoes (V-1), separated in three functional classes L1, L2 and L3. The first races among athletes with physical impairments were carried out in 2009 at the World Championship in Halifax (Canada) and they gained a massive support from the part of the viewers and the sports society. At the 2020 Summer Paralympics in Tokyo (Japan) the athletes will battle for 9 sets of medals for persons with physical impairments.