Pimenta, who was defending his world title in Sunday’s 5,000m final, crossed the line in third place with a time of 20:19:94, behind Aleh Yurenia of Belarus, who took the gold with a time of 19:54:07, just ahead of Max Hoff of Germany, who took 3:48 more.

In the world championships that have now ended, Portugal secured places for next year’s Tokyo event in the K1 1000, with Fernando Pimenta, and in the K4 500, with Emanuel Silva, João Ribeiro, Messias Baptista and David Varela.

Teresa Portela is also thought to have qualified in the K1 200, but this is to be confirmed during the next week.

These 2019 International Canoeing Federation Sprint and Paracanoe World Championships saw a record 102 countries taking part and about 1,300 competitors.