The South African senior K1 teams at the ICF Canoe Marathon World Championships came away without any medals on a hot days racing in Eastern China that saw new records being set.
Dane Mads Pedersen rocked the blue-ribbon
Men’s K1 race by winning his first senior world title, less than 24 hours
after he won the Under 23 K1 crown, becoming the first person to accomplish
this, and dethroning South African champion Andy Birkett in the process.
Birkett was a dominant force throughout race, and managed the four boat breakaway that took charge of the second half of the race.
Birkett was last going into the final portage and could only watch as Pedersen raced away to win from Portugal’s Jose Ramalho and feisty Argentinean Franco Balboa.
In the women’s K1 race both South African challengers Jenna Ward and Bridgitte Hartley started strongly. Ward managed to stay comfortably in the top ten until a strong four-boat breakaway took control of the front of the race.
Ward ended up ninth in her first senior world championships outing, while Hartley, who battled throughout, did not complete the race.
“It is definitely a step up from Under 23 racing!” said Ward.
“It was really fast out there and really hot – it felt like I was in the Dusi valley!”
“I tried to conserve as much as possible for tomorrow’s doubles race, and I am feeling good for for that,” she added.
Sunday’s racing concludes the championships with the senior men’s and women’s K2 races.
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SUMMARY OF RESULTS – ICF Canoe Marathon
World Championships Day Three
1. Mads Pedersen DEN 2:08:34.21
2. Jose Ramalho POR 2:08:35.53
3. Franco Balboa ARG 2:08:36.51
4. Andrew Birkett RSA 2:08:50.25
5. Stephane Boulanger FRA 2:09:45.00
6. Adrian Boros HUN 2:09:45.32
7. Morten Minde NOR 2:09:49.75
8. Joakim Lindberg SWE 2:09:53.37
9. Ivan Alonso ESP 2:11:36.76
10. Mate Gyorgjakab HUN 2:11:37.76
17. Clinton Cook RSA 2:14:03:67
1.Vanda Kiszli HUN 2:03:06.75
2.Zsofia Czellai-Voros HUN 2:03:13.76
3.Lizzie Broughton GBR 2:03:17.26
4.Jennifer Egan IRL 2:03:36.33
5.Kristina Bedec SRB 2:04:34.76
6.Eva Barrios ESP 2:05:05.16
7.Kate Leverett AUS 2:05:05.93
8.Anna Koziskova CZE 2:05:48.39
9.Jenna Ward RSA 2:05:57.75
10.Xiaoyun Zeng CHN 2:08:31.27
2019 ICF Canoe Marathon World Championships Schedule (SA Time)
Sunday, 20 October
05:15AM – K2 Women
08:15AM – K2 Men