1979 ICF Canoe Sprint World Championships

The 1979 ICF Canoe Sprint World Championships were held in Duisburg, West Germany.

The men's competition consisted of six Canadian (single paddle, open boat) and nine kayak events. Three events were held for the women, all in kayak.

This was the fifteenth championships in canoe sprint. It was where an incident later referred to as The Česiunas Affair took place when Soviet-born Lithuanian canoer Vladas Česiūnas appeared at the event as a spectator only to vanish. The West German government claimed Česiunas had defected, but the former canoer had returned to the Soviet Union voluntarily several weeks later. During Česiunas' disappearance, he would speak in favor of the 1980 Summer Olympics boycott, more than two months before the Soviet–Afghan War, but later returned to the Soviet Embassy in Bonn. The Soviets toned down their rhetoric about Česiunas' "disappearance" in the West and changed his mind all the while West Germany continued to maintain that he had been kidnapped.

Medal summaryEdit

Men'sEdit

CanoeEdit

Event Gold Time Silver Time Bronze Time
C-1 500 m   Sergey Postrechin (URS)   Ulrich Eicke (GER)   Liubomir Ljubenov (BUL)
C-1 1000 m   Tamás Wichmann (HUN)   Liubomir Ljubenov (BUL)   Ivan Patzaichin (ROU)
C-1 10000 m   Tamás Wichmann (HUN)   Sergey Liminovich (URS)   Ivan Patzaichin (ROU)
C-2 500 m   Romania
Ivan Patzaichin
Petre Capusta
  Soviet Union
Sergey Petrenko
Aleksandr Vinogradov
  Poland
Marek Łbik
Piotr Pawlowski
C-2 1000 m   Soviet Union
Vasiliy Jurtzhenko
Yuriy Lobanov
  Hungary
Tamás Buday
Oszkár Frey
  Romania
Toma Simionov
Gheorghe Simionov
C-2 10000 m   Soviet Union
Vasiliy Jurtzhenko
Yuriy Lobanov
  Romania
Cherasim Munteanu
Gheorge Titu
  Hungary
Tamás Buday
László Vaskúti

KayakEdit

Event Gold Time Silver Time Bronze Time
K-1 500 m   Vladimir Parfenovich (URS)   John Sumeghi (AUS)   Peter Hempel (GDR)
K-1 1000 m   Rüdiger Helm (GDR)   Ion Bîrlădeanu (ROU)   Felix Masár (TCH)
K-1 10000 m   Milan Janić (YUG)   Einar Rasmussen (NOR)   Nikolay Stepanenko (URS)
K-2 500 m   Soviet Union
Vladimir Parfenovich
Sergey Zhuchray
  East Germany
Bernd Olbricht
Rüdiger Helm
  France
Alain Lebas
Francis Hervieu
K-2 1000 m   Norway
Einar Rasmussen
Olaf Søyland
  Hungary
Zoltán Bakó
István Szabó
  Soviet Union
Sergey Zhuchray
Vladimir Trainikov
K-2 10000 m   Romania
Nicuşor Eşanu
Ion Bîrlădeanu
  Soviet Union
Nikolay Astapkovich
Vladimir Romanovskiy
  Spain
Herminio Menéndez
Luis Gregario Ramos
K-4 500 m   East Germany
Bernd Duvigneau
Harald Marg
Jürgen Dittrich
Roland Graupner
  Soviet Union
Sergey Zhinkarenko
Ionas Sautra
Sergey Zhuchray
Vladimir Trainikov
  Poland
Ryszard Oborski
Daniel Wełna
Grzegorz Kołtan
Grzegorz Śledziewski
K-4 1000 m   East Germany
Bernd Duvigneau
Rüdiger Helm
Harald Marg
Bernd Olbricht
  Poland
Ryszard Oborski
Daniel Wełna
Grzegorz Kołtan
Grzegorz Śledziewski
  Soviet Union
Aleksandr Shaparenko
Sergey Nagomy
Aleksandr Avdeyev
Ionas Sautra
K-4 10000 m   Soviet Union
Aleksandr Shaparenko
Sergey Nikolskiy
Vladimir Morozov
Aleksandr Avdeyev
  Poland
Andrzej Klimaszewski
Krzysztof Lepianka
Zbigniew Torzecki
Zdzisław Szubski
  Hungary
Tamás Benkő
Péter Konecsny
László Szabó
Zoltán Romhany

Women'sEdit

KayakEdit

Event Gold Time Silver Time Bronze Time
K-1 500 m   Roswitha Eberl (GDR)   Galina Alekseyeva (URS)   Klára Rajnai (HUN)
K-2 500 m   Soviet Union
Natalya Kalashinkova
Nina Doroh
  East Germany
Marion Rösiger
Martina Bischof
  Romania
Agafia Orlov
Natasia Nichitov
K-4 500 m   East Germany
Marion Rösiger
Martina Bischof
Birgit Fischer
Roswitha Eberl
  Soviet Union
Galina Alekseyeva
Nadezhda Trachimenok
Tatyana Korzhunova
Larissa Nadviga
  Romania
Agafia Orlov
Natasia Nichitov
Maria Nicolae
Adriana Tarasov

Medals tableEdit

RankNationGoldSilverBronzeTotal
1  Soviet Union (URS)76316
2  East Germany (GDR)5218
3  Romania (ROU)2259
4  Hungary (HUN)2237
5  Norway (NOR)1102
6  Yugoslavia (YUG)1001
7  Poland (POL)0224
8  Bulgaria (BUL)0112
9  Australia (AUS)0101
  West Germany (FRG)0101
11  Czechoslovakia (TCH)0011
  France (FRA)0011
  Spain (ESP)0011
Totals (13 nations)18181854


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