Gamble pays off for top canoeists

2008-09-07 00:00

Swellendam — Hank McGregor and Dawid Mocke won the Canon Breede River Canoe Marathon, and with it the SA K2 river title, in a thrilling race decided by a tactical gamble.

McGregor and Mocke opted for a slightly wider channel just after the Swellendam weir, while the two chasing Cape crews gambled on a smaller sneak channel on the inside.

“After the first day we came and tripped the last six kilometres because we knew that was where the race would be decided,” said McGregor. “The channel we took was wider but faster, and when we saw the Cape guys going for the sneak, we went for it and got a 20- metre lead which we pushed to around 80 metres, and we managed to keep that lead.”

Olympians Jen Hodson and Carol Joyce wrapped up the women’s title emphatically.

“Our second day was much better,” said Hodson. “We settled down and got used to the boat moving around, and we were able to get more power. We tried to prevent the guys behind us from catching us, which was a fun incentive.

RESULTS

1.Hank McGregor/Dawid Mocke 3:54.14; 2.Ernest van Riet/Heinrich Schloms 3:54.25; 3.Paul Marais /Greg Barnard 3:54.39 (1st Sub veterans); 4.Piers Cruikshanks/Michael Mbanjwa 3:58.43; 5.Peter Cole/Steve Farrell 3:58.44; 6.Andrew Birkett/Pierre Andre Rabie 3:58.44 (1st U21); 7.Shaun Griffin/Patrick Birkett 3:59.09; 8.Mike Harris/Brandon Collyer 4:01.49; 9.Dane Sanvido/Shaun Rice 4:01.49; 10.Herman Chalupsky/Andre Pohl 4:02.00

Women 1.Jen Hodson/Carol Joyce 4:18.15; 2.Vicky Hind/Tarryn Brown 4:27.22; 3.Suzette Maree/Hanrie Maree (1st U18) 4:37.27 — O.C.

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