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World canoe sprint championships open in Hungary

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10:43, August 18, 2011

BUDAPEST, Aug. 17 (Xinhua) -- The 2011 World Canoe Sprint Championships were officially opened in Szeged, Hungary on Wednesday.

The finals, organized by the International Canoe Federation (ICF), are a major occasion for the sport as well as an Olympic qualifying event.

Racing starts on Aug. 18 and continues to August 21. The distances cover 200m, 500m and 1,000m in the men's and women's category. Over 1000 competitors from 88 countries and regions take part in the event.

The southern Hungarian city of Szeged also hosted the world championships in 1998 and 2006.

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