With Olympic champions such as Sebastian Brendel (GER) and Lisa Carrington (NZL) opening their 2016 campaigns on the famous German channel it was clear that the standard of competition was going to be world class.

The favourites looked comfortable in the K1M 1000m with Max Hoff (GER), Dejan Pajic (SRB), Aleh Yurenia (BLR) and René Holten Poulsen (DEN) each winning their respective semifinals. Rising star Artuur Peters (BEL) came through as fastest third from the four semis and will also contest todays final.