It was the first international showdown of wildwater canoeing athletes in 2016 which was held as an ICF ranking race on Fulda river in the middle of Germany. The first downriver race where all German wildwater competitors in all age categories have started to see their level after the winter break, looked like the biggest wildwater event in Germany. The schedule of sprint and classic race was full for two days, the water level was good but the temperature outside could be more comfortable.
Competitors of Switzerland, Belgium and Netherlands used the German races as selection races for their national teams as usual as well as one K1 athlete from Bosnia.
Belgians young athlete Bram Sikkens was good for a big surprise as he won the K1 men sprint race before the both Germans Björn Beerschwenger and Finn Hartstein. Hans Meermanns the Belgian coach was very confident with the results of Bram as well as the results of his big youth and junior team: " During the races here in Fulda my young athletes can learn a lot from Suisse and German competitors, I have a big and young team and I am sure that you can see them the next years during Europeans and Worlds. But in this moment I am not agree that we will have no U23 competition in 2016. We will try to take part with a big team in Junior Europeans this year".
Even the Suisse team was happy with their double win of Melanie Mathys and Sabine Eichenberger in K1 women category which were followed by Sabine Füßer (GER).
Eichenberger could also win C1 women races with a comfortable margin and Suisse coach Kristin Amstutz is looking forward to the results of the World Championships in Banja Luka: " Sadly we will have only a small team this year, but some of them will also compete the world cup races in Slovenia and France".
In C1 and C2 men category were only German competitors and as usual Norman Weber won both C1 at first, C2 with his partner Rene Brücker followed by their German team colleague Tobias Trzoska and Mike Schmitz.
The next ICF ranking race will be held on river Rur in Monschau, a traditional classic course in the western part of Germany.
ICF Ranking Races 2016:
|March 12||Fulda, Fulda
|March 20||Monschau, Rur||Classic||GER||Int. R.|
|April 16/17||Osilnica, Kupa river||Classic||SLO||Int R.|
||Plavy-Jesenny,Kamenice river||Classic||CZE||Int. R.|
|April 30||Bled, Sava Dolinka river||Classic||SLO||Int R.|
|May 07||Augsburg - Eiskanal||Sprint||GER||Int. R.|
||Banja Luka, Vrbas river
||Lipno - Vltava||Sprint||CZE||Int. R.|
Bram Sikkens (BEL) Winner K1 Men Sabine Eichenberger (SUI) Winner C1 Women and K1 Women