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 | edit source]

Men's[edit | edit source]

Canoe[edit | edit source]

Event Gold Time Silver Time Bronze Time
C-1 500 m Template:Flagathlete Template:Flagathlete Template:Flagathlete
C-1 1000 m Template:Flagathlete Template:Flagathlete Template:Flagathlete
C-1 10000 m Template:Flagathlete Template:Flagathlete Template:Flagathlete
C-2 500 m Template:Flagcountry
Ivan Patzaichin
Istvan Capsuta
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Sergey Petrenko
Aleksandr Vinogradov
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Marek Łbik
Piotr Pawlowski
C-2 1000 m Template:Flagcountry
Vasiliy Jurtzhenko
Yuriy Lobanov
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Tamás Buday
Oszkár Frey
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Toma Simionov
Gheorghe Simionov
C-2 10000 m Template:Flagcountry
Vasiliy Jurtzhenko
Yuriy Lobanov
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Cherasim Munteanu
Gheorge Titu
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Tamás Buday
László Vaskúti

Kayak[edit | edit source]

Event Gold Time Silver Time Bronze Time
K-1 500 m Template:Flagathlete Template:Flagathlete Template:Flagathlete
K-1 1000 m Template:Flagathlete Template:Flagathlete Template:Flagathlete
K-1 10000 m Template:Flagathlete Template:Flagathlete Template:Flagathlete
K-2 500 m Template:Flagcountry
Vladimir Parfenovich
Sergey Zhuchray
Template:GDR
Bernd Olbricht
Rüdiger Helm
Template:FRA
Alain Lebas
Francis Hervieu
K-2 1000 m Template:NOR
Einar Rasmussen
Olaf Søyland
Template:Flagcountry
Zoltán Bakó
István Szabó
Template:Flagcountry
Sergey Zhuchray
Vladimir Trainikov
K-2 10000 m Template:Flagcountry
Nicuşor Eşanu
Ion Bîrlădeanu
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Nikolay Astapkovich
Vladimir Romanovskiy
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Herminio Menéndez
Luis Gregario Ramos
K-4 500 m Template:GDR
Bernd Duvigneau
Harald Marg
Jürgen Dittrich
Roland Graupner
Template:Flagcountry
Sergey Zhinkarenko
Ionas Sautra
Sergey Zhuchray
Vladimir Trainikov
Template:POL
Ryszard Oborski
Daniel Wełna
Grzegorz Kołtan
Grzegorz Śledziewski
K-4 1000 m Template:GDR
Bernd Duvigneau
Rüdiger Helm
Harald Marg
Bernd Olbricht
Template:POL
Ryszard Oborski
Daniel Wełna
Grzegorz Kołtan
Grzegorz Śledziewski
Template:Flagcountry
Aleksandr Shaporenko
Sergey Nagomy
Aleksandr Avdeyev
Ionas Sautra
K-4 10000 m Template:Flagcountry
Aleksandr Shaporenko
Sergey Nikolskiy
Volodymyr Morozov
Aleksandr Avdeyev
Template:POL
Andrzej Klimaszewski
Krzysztof Lepianka
Zbigniew Torzecki
Zdzisław Szubski
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Támás Benkó
Péter Konecsny
László Szabó
Zoltán Romhany

Women's[edit | edit source]

Kayak[edit | edit source]

Event Gold Time Silver Time Bronze Time
K-1 500 m Template:Flagathlete Template:Flagathlete Template:Flagathlete
K-2 500 m Template:Flagcountry
Natalya Kalashinkova
Nina Doroh
Template:GDR
Marion Rösiger
Martina Bischof
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Agafia Orlov
Natasia Nichitov
K-4 500 m Template:GDR
Marion Rösiger
Martina Bischof
Birgit Fischer
Roswitha Eberl
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Galina Alekseyeva
Nadezhda Trachimenok
Tatyana Korzhunova
Larissa Nadviga
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Agafia Orlov
Natasia Nichitov
Maria Nicolae
Adriana Tarasov

Medals table[edit | edit source]

1 Template:Flagcountry 7 6 3 16
2 Template:Flagcountry 2 2 5 9
3 Template:GDR 5 2 1 8
4 Template:Flagcountry 2 2 3 7
5 Template:POL 0 2 2 4
6 Template:NOR 1 1 0 2
7 Template:Flagcountry 0 1 1 2
8 Template:YUG 1 0 0 1
9 Template:AUS 0 1 0 1
10 Template:FRG 0 1 0 1
11 Template:TCH 0 0 1 1
12 Template:FRA 0 0 1 1
13 Template:Flagcountry 0 0 1 1
Total 18 18 18 54

References[edit | edit source]

Template:Canoe sprint world championships

es:Campeonato Mundial de Piragüismo de 1979 fr:Championnats du monde de course en ligne de canoë-kayak de 1979 it:Campionati mondiali di canoa/kayak 1979

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