Russia’s Maria Kazakova dominates the Women’s C1 200 meter event to take Gold at the ICF Canoe Sprint World Cup #3, in Moscow. Following closely behind was Iran’s first female canoeist Nadyeh Talanak for the Silver. Russia’s Maria Lebedeva took the Bronze.
The women’s canoe field has over 25 countries competing at various international events. The final frontier is: the Olympics. Women’s canoe is not included in the 2012 London Olympic, but with the International Olympic Committee’s recent announcement of women’s canoe being added to the 2014 Youth Olympic Games, our chances of inclusion in the 2016 Olympic in Rio are strengthened. Interest and passion are obvious. Olympic inclusion triggers the release of financial resources to support development, training and travel for these pioneering athletes. Women canoeists deserve the same environment for success as their male counterparts.
Photos by Balint Vekassy – official ICF photographer.