1979 ICF Canoe Sprint World Championships

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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 war in Afghanistan, 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 summary[edit]

Men's[edit]

Canoe[edit]

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
Istvan Capsuta
 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

Kayak[edit]

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 Shaporenko
Sergey Nagomy
Aleksandr Avdeyev
Ionas Sautra
K-4 10000 m  Soviet Union
Aleksandr Shaporenko
Sergey Nikolskiy
Volodymyr Morozov
Aleksandr Avdeyev
 Poland
Andrzej Klimaszewski
Krzysztof Lepianka
Zbigniew Torzecki
Zdzisław Szubski
 Hungary
Tamás Benkő
Péter Konecsny
László Szabó
Zoltán Romhany

Women's[edit]

Kayak[edit]

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 table[edit]

 Rank  Nation Gold Silver Bronze Total
1  Soviet Union 7 6 3 16
2  Romania 2 2 5 9
3  East Germany 5 2 1 8
4  Hungary 2 2 3 7
5  Poland 0 2 2 4
6  Norway 1 1 0 2
7  Bulgaria 0 1 1 2
8  Yugoslavia 1 0 0 1
9  Australia 0 1 0 1
10  West Germany 0 1 0 1
11  Czechoslovakia 0 0 1 1
12  France 0 0 1 1
13  Spain 0 0 1 1
Total 18 18 18 54

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