Alexey Volkonsky
Alexey Volkonsky born 4 December 1978 in Vladivostok
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n flatwater canoer
Canoe racing
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He is a former world and European champion in the Canadian canoe
Sprint canoe
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 C4 1000m.

Volkonsky did not take up canoeing until the relatively late age of fifteen, when he was persuaded by friends to switch from judo
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. In 1999 he won two gold medals at the senior European championships in Zagreb
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 in the C4 500m and C4 1000m. The same year he won the C4 1000m gold medal at the world championships in Milan
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Since then he has been a regular medallist at the major championships, always in the four-man (C4) canoe. At the 2001 World Championships in Poznań
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 he won a 500m bronze medal. In 2002 European Championship in Szeged
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 he won two medals (500m silver and 200m bronze). Two years later in he returned to Poznań to win two more European silver medals (200m and 500m).

In 2006 Volkonsky finished fifth in the C4 1000m final at the world championships
2006 Flatwater Racing World Championships
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Volkonsky is a student at Tver State University. He is coached by Gennady Shishigin and Sergey Kima.
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