27th Summer Universiade in Kazan,

July 6-17 2013

Rower Kovalenko did not expect such decisive victory in Kazan

The Russian rower Alexander Kovalenko won the gold medal at the Summer Universiade 2013 in the men’s 200m kayak four, saying that he hoped for victory but did not expect his crew’s lead to be so impressive.

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Universiade. Canoe sprint. Men's 200m kayak four. Awarding ceremony © RIA Novosti/Ramil Sitdikov

Alexander Kovalenko, Kirill Shamshurin, Andrey Kraitor and Nikolay Lipkin completed the race in 33.711 seconds. Second place was taken by the Belarusian team (34.975 seconds), while third went to the Czech team at 35.530 seconds.

“The race went as we planned, and we were confident in our strength. We were ahead of our nearest opponents by more than half a boat length, which was impressive. We, of course, hoped to win, but did not expect to have such an advantage. In principle our crew prepared for the Universiade, there was a special selection, and we tried different combinations and went with this crew. We worked with the guys,” said Kovalenko.  

“Winning such competitions is very prestigious, and for me it is one of the biggest awards,” continued the Russian rower. “The Olympics are held once every four years, and the Universiade is not held every year. Furthermore this is the first time rowing was a part of the university games.” 

«R-Sport», 21 July 2013