Aleh Yurenia from Belarus could not have been more impressive in beating a crack field for the men’s K1 1000 GOLD and K1 5000m GOLD at the ICF Canoe Sprint World Cup 3 in Belgrade Serbia last weekend.
Paddling the Vajda K1 Infusion 2 in Marathon build Yurenia beat multiple world champion, Denmark’s Rene Poulsen in the K1 1000m race finishing in 3:24.772. The three medallists from Rio were all in the field, but none could not match the consistent speed of the 2010 World Championship bronze medallist.
The following day he beat a top field including Australia’s Kenny Wallace to take the K1 5000m title.
Yurenia was not able to compete in Rio, but said he is already focussed for Tokyo in 2020.
“My start and my finish were no good, but the middle of my race was good,” Yurenia said.
“I was so angry and had a broken heart not to compete in Rio.
“But now I have an eight-month baby girl, my life is good, and I am going to do my best to fulfil my Olympic dream in Tokyo for my little girl.”