London, England (Sports Network) - A world record set by a foursome from Poland highlighted Monday's opening of the canoe sprint event, which featured four semifinals.
After groups from Germany and Hungary locked up final berths by winning their respective heats in the women's 500-meter kayak four, Poland's group set a world record by finishing their semifinal race in 1 minute, 30.338 seconds. That was 0.381 seconds better than the previous mark, set by Germany in 2010.
In the men's 1,000m kayak single, 2011 world champion Canadian Adam van Koeverden was among those to advance to the finals, as was 2008 Beijing Games gold medalist Tim Brabants of Great Britain and former two-time world champ Max Hoff of Germany.
Also taking place on Monday were heats and semifinals for men's 1,000m canoe single. Defending Olympic champion Attila Vajda of Hungary moved onto the final, joined by Germany's Sebastian Brendel and Mark Oldershaw of Canada.
Beijing gold medalists Martin Hollstein and Andreas Ihle of Germany won their heat in the 1000m men's kayak double, putting them in the final along with another heat winner, Rudolf Dombi and Roland Kokeny of Hungary.
The other six final spots were secured out of the semifinal.
08/06 07:27:49 ET