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Fernando Pimenta is double world champion in canoeing

"It's a lot of work, believe, and never be satisfied" , said the Portuguese champion after securing the second win in world Canoeing held this weekend in Montemor-o-Velho.

Pimenta takes 1000 crown as Kozak returns with double gold

Five-time Olympic champion Danuta Kozak made a triumphant return to top level racing, but Portugal’s Fernando Pimenta stole the day when he thrilled a capacity home crowd to snatch the K1 1000 crown at the 2018 ICF Canoe Sprint World Championships.

While Kozak reminded the canoe sprint world of her class with two gold medals, it was the win for Pimenta which sent the crowd into raptures and create history for Portuguese canoe racing.

His win also overshadowed world-class performances by five-time Olympic champion, Sebastian Brendel, and by red-hot women’s C1 Olympic favourite, Laurence Vincent-Lapointe.

Pimenta arrived at Montemor-o-Velho carrying the hopes of the nation, but shrugged off the pressure to become the first Portuguese athlete to win a world title in an Olympic class event.

“I don’t believe it, I can feel my legs failing,” Pimenta said.

“It’s such a crazy moment. I think maybe next week I will believe this moment has happened.

“I slept for nine hours last night because I was so relaxed. I know that this is such an important result for Portugal, a good start for us for the next season.”

Pimenta started slowly but took control over the middle stages of the race to beat Germany’s Max Rendschmitt and Czech Olympic silver medallist, Josef Dostal.

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