Emese Kohalmi and Eszter Rendessy came out on top in the women's K2 final in Bascov ©ICF

Emese Kohalmi and Eszter Rendessy captured the women’s K2 title as Hungary continued its stranglehold on the event at the International Canoe Federation Canoe Marathon World Championships in Bascov in Romania.

Hungary has now won the category for the seventh straight time as Kohalmi and Rendessy upset compatriots and defending champions Renata Csay and Zsofia Voros to take top spot.

Kohalmi and Rendessy triumphed in 1hr 55min 7.33sec after breaking clear of Spain’s Tania Fernandez and Tania Alvarez who came second in 1:55:12.59.

South Africa’s Jenna Ward and Saskia Hockly battled hard to win bronze in 1:55:21.68 as Csay and Voros, winners of the past two world titles, finished fourth.

It was the first time in 21 years that Csay, a K2 world champion on 13 occasions, failed to win a medal.

Manuel Campos and Diego Romero defended the title they won in China in 2019 as Spain made it three in a row in the men’s C2 class.

Spain and Hungary have dominated the category for over two decades, winning every title since 1999.

Campos and Romero crossed the line in a winning time of 1:56:34.95.

Poland’s Mateusz Borgiel and Mateusz Zuchora stuck alongside the Spaniards until the final sprint, finishing in 1:56:44.68, while Hungary’s Marton Kover and Marton Horvath took bronze in 1:57:11.80.

"Everything went to plan for us, at the end of the race we wanted to make a break," Campos said.

"Sometimes it is more difficult and takes more time to find these gold medals, but today everything went well and we can in the end find the gold medal."

France’s Quentin Urban and Jeremy Candy claimed back-to-back K2 world titles after winning in 1:59:03.21.

Hungarians Adrian Boros and Tamas Erdelyi had to settle for silver with 1:59:04.30 as French pairing Cyrille Carre and Stephane Boulanger bagged bronze in 1:59:04.85.

Csanad Sellyei and Bruno Kolozsvari of Hungary came out on top in the junior K2 final, triumphing in 1:35:05.69.

Denmark’s Nikolaj Bryde and Jeppe Maretti came second in 1:35:12.16, with Argentina’s Baltazar Itria and Franco Marchetti third in 1:35:19.28.