Jon Lugbill of Fairfax, Va., today became the first competitor to win six World Whitewater Kayak and Canoe Championship slalom gold medals, leading the U.S. men's single canoe team to victory on the last day of the 1983 event on the Passer river.
Lugbill won two first places in 1979 in Canada, two more in Wales in 1981, and the team and individual golds in the current event.
Each of the victories have come in the men's single canoe team and individuals' event. Today, Lugbill teamed with Dave Hearn of Bethesda, Md., and Kent Ford of Rockville, Md., to win the team race.
"These have certainly been some historic moments in this sport," said Bill Endicott, of Brookmont, Md., the U.S. slalom team coach. "It is great just to be here to take part in this meet but when you have moments like the one Lugbill has provided, it makes it more of a thrill."
However, Lugbill's effort could not raise the United States above fourth place in the final medal standings, behind France, West Germany and Britain. France had five golds among its 10 medals; the U.S. finished with three golds, two silvers and a bronze.
Fritz and Lecky Haller of Glen Echo, Md., Mike and Steve Garvis of Annandale, Va., and John and Charles Harris of Connecticut took the silver medal in the men's double canoe race.
Cathy Hearn and Yuri Kusuda, both of Bethesda, and Wendy Stone of Connecticut, failed to place in the women's singles team event.