Canoe slalom venue for 2012 Games hosts 1st event

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The canoe slalom venue for the 2012 London Olympics has hosted its first test event less than a year before the games begin.

The Lee Valley White Water Center located 19 miles north of London hosted 175 athletes from 30 nations competing over three days that ended Sunday.

Shaun Dawson, chief executive of Lee Valley Regional Park Authourity, said Monday in a statement that ''we're delighted with the success of the event and the positive comments athletes and officials from across the world have made.''

The canoe single men's race was won by Michal Martikan of Slovakia, followed by Jan Benzien of Germany and Denis Gargaud Chanut of France.

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