Beijing: All eyes on Hodson and Hartley showdown

2008-06-06 00:00

Szeged — South Africa’s sprint canoeing challenge at the Beijing Olympic Games in Beijing in August will be shaped this weekend in the charged atmosphere of the canoeing mecca of Szeged in Hungary where the season’s first World Cup regatta is serving as the final selection event.

All eyes will be on the riveting showdown between the two women vying for the solitary berth in the blue ribbon 500 m K1 event, Jen Hodson and Bridgette Hartley.

Hartley threw a cat amongst the pigeons by edging out Hodson in a ferocious first trial at Nagle Dam outside Pietermaritzburg earlier this year, after two seasons in which Hodson has enjoyed a meteoric rise to international stardom, and was widely regarded as a certainty to race the women’s 500 m K1 race in green and gold in Beijing.

In terms of the national selection criteria set by Canoeing South Africa, the 500 m K1 berth will be decided by the performance of the duo in the season-opening World Cup at Szeged.

Both girls started the regatta strongly on Thursday, and cruised into the semi-finals, with Hartley posting the faster time, a one minute 50 second effort that placed her a very close second to the Hungarian multiple Olympic medallist Katalin Kovacs.

In her opening heat, Hodson also finished second, crossing the line in one minute 51 seconds.

The South Africans posted the fifth and sixth fastest times in the heats, which will earn them preferential positions or the semi-finals.

However, the pair seem unlikely to race side by side as the national selectors would prefer to enable them to make a clear cut decision about which paddler will take the sole berth available at the Beijing showpiece.

First day’s results

Women’s 500m K1

Heat 1: 1 Katalin Kovacs 1:50.3; 2 Bridgitte Hartley 1:50.5. Heat 3: 1 Sophia Paldanius 1:50.4; 2 Jen Hodson 1:51.9

Men’s 100m K1

1 Adam van Koeverden 3:31.783; 2 Max Hoff 3:33.043; 3 Shaun Rubenstein 3:36.397

Men’s 500m K1

Heat 3: 1 MareTwardowski 1:39.6; 2 Alvydas Duonela 1:40.0; 3 Shaun Rubenstein 1:40.9

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.
NEXT ON NEWS24X

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
0 comments
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24

 
/News

Book flights

Compare, Book, Fly

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.




Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.