Europe's canoeing elite have just met for an international rapid river race on the Rur river, near Monschau, in West Germany.
GV: Competitors carrying canoe to Rur River
GV: Competitors in singles event down river (5 shots)
SV: Competitors in Canadian mixed doubles event down river (3 shots)
SV: Competitors in singles event negotiating rapids
GV: Competitor Number 141, Jean Pierre Burny of Belgium winning of event
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Background: Europe's canoeing elite have just met for an international rapid river race on the Rur river, near Monschau, in West Germany. Over two hundred entrants from five nations tried to master the difficult six kilometre (3-point-seven-two mile) course.
SYNOPSIS: Canoeists competed in two categories - Kayak and Canadian. The Kayak is propelled with a double paddle. In the Canadian category, the canoeist uses a single blade paddle and kneels in the boat.
Unlike rapid river slaloms, there are no artificial obstacles on the course. The six kilometre (three-point-seven-two mile) course must be covered in the shortest possible time. The fast flow of the river, waves, eddies and back-water demand high technical skill and courage from the canoeist. The canoeist must be able to master an eskimo roll and be able to escape from the boast while underwater.
A special class is the Canadian mixed doubles. It's the only rapid river category in which men and women may take part. The boat is guided by the Canoeist kneeling in the stern.
Keeping the four-metre (13 foot) long racing kayak on course is not easy as some entrants discovered to their cost.
???eigning world champion, Jean Pierre Burny of Belgium, seemed to skirt to difficulties of the course with ease and won this race.