Upsets were the order of the day on the final day of competition at the ICF Wildwater Canoe World Championships in Switzerland on Sunday, with reigning world champions in all but one sprint category defeated on the picturesque Muotathal course.
Frenchwoman Manon Hostens took the gold in the women’s K1, relegating Czech Martina Satkova, a four-time gold medallist on the opening two days of competition, to the silver, while fellow Frenchwoman and defending world champion, Claire Bren, took third.
“This is so amazing, in 2016 and 2017 I finished second and this is my first world title in K1,” Hostens said.
“It’s so amazing. Martina has had such a wonderful world championships, so I’m very very happy."
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While the Czechs were unable to win any individual sprint titles, they did pick up team gold in the women’s K1 and the men’s C1. Slovenia took the gold in the men’s K1 teams event.