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Eight golds for German paddlers, silver for rowers

Canoeists from host country Germany have won eight gold medals at the world championships. At the rowing world championships in South Korea, meanwhile, the men's eight has been won by Britain, with Germany second.

German paddlers completed the canoe world champions on home waters on Sunday, with a haul of eight gold medals over the four-day competition. In the Olympic-category races, however, Hungary won the most medals followed by Germany and Russia.

Officials from the German Canoe Federation (DKV) said its athletes were "well on course" for the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro after top performances by Max Hoff in the canoe singles and wins in the men's and women's categories of the K2 canoe events in the Ruhr District city of Duisburg in western Germany.

Max Rendschmidt and Marcs Gross covered the 1,000 meter distance in 3 minutes 22.3 seconds. Silver went to Pawel Miadsvesev and Oleg Jurenia of Russia.

The women's non-Olympic K-2 discipline over 200 meters was won on Sunday by the German duo of Franziska Weber and Tinaa Dietze (pictured above) in a time of one minute 47 seconds. Poland and Serbia were placed second and third.

On Saturday, Weber and Dietze had won gold in the Olympic K-2 race over 500 meters.

Weber and Dietze also helped to crew Germany's entry in the women's K-4 over 500 meters to come second. That race was won by Hungary.

Britain trumps in rowing

At the rowing world championships at Chungju in South Korea, Britain prevailed in the men's eight, edging Germany at the finish line.

Britain also finished the week-long competition with the most medals, followed by Norway, Germany and New Zealand.

ipj/msh (SID, dpa, AP)