Rio 2016 Paralympic gold medallist and two-time reigning world champion Serhii Yemelianov was one of Ukraine’s two winners on the opening day of the Paracanoe European Championships in Poznań.
Yemelianov, 25, defended his title in the men’s KL3 200 metres event with a time of 41.133sec on the Polish city’s Malta Regatta Course.
Russia’s Leonid Krylov finished second in 42.169, while Great Britain’s Robert Oliver came third in 42.477.
"We worked really hard to do this," Yemelianov said.
"My wish is to win more European Championships titles, maybe five or six.
"The race was great.
"We had a little bit of wind in front, but the race was good."
Ukraine’s other victory came courtesy of Mykola Syniuk in the men’s KL2 200m in 44.779
Austria’s Markus Mendy Swoboda was the runner-up in 45.063 and Italy’s Federico Mancarella completed the top three in 45.511.
Elsewhere, Hungarian Péter Pál Kiss won the men’s KL1 200m crown at the age of just 16, stopping the clock at 51.797.
First finals of the 2019 ECA Paracanoe European Championships in Poznan, Poland, are done. Check out the results below and congratulations to new/old European Championships medallists!#CanoeEurope #Poznan2019 @pzkaj_pl pic.twitter.com/Fh0rFuirKA— Canoe Europe (@CanoeEurope) May 21, 2019
Italy’s Esteban Gabriel Farias was only 0.036 seconds behind to claim the silver medal.
Britain’s Ian Marsden was third in 52.493.
Only one of the three scheduled women’s events was officially held today due to a lack of participants.
Russia’s Larisa Volik came out on top in the women’s VL3 200m final, finishing the race in 1:06.211.
Ukraine’s Nataliia Lahutenko was the silver medallist in 1:09.663, while Germany’s Anja Adler took the bronze in 1:13.103.
The women’s VL1 and VL2 200m events were held but the best athletes only received flowers and practical prizes as oppose to medals.
Emma Wiggs led a British one-two finish in the VL2 ahead of Jeanette Chippington.
They recorded times of 1:09.072 and 1:10.296 respectively, with Russia’s Mariia Nikiforova third in 1:10.672.
Germany’s Esther Bode was the only competitor in the VL1, crossing the line in 1:57.592.
The Paracanoe European Championships, a European Canoe Association event, are due to conclude tomorrow.