Mbanjwa, Kime have a point to prove

2014-02-26 00:00

LANCE Kime and Thulani Mbanjwa will look to pick up the remaining pieces of their Dusi Canoe Marathon disappointment when they go after this year’s Non-Stop Dusi Canoe Marathon title on Friday.

Tipped as one of three pre-race possible 2014 Dusi victors, Kime and Mbanjwa’s hearts sank just kilometres from the start of the iconic three-day paddling race from Pietermaritzburg to Durban when a wayward rudder tore open the front of their K2, dashing their hopes of victory.

With pride firmly salvaged after remarkable efforts throughout the second and third stages of the Dusi, which saw them claw their way back up to fourth place, but the frustration and disappointment of the unfortunate mishap still lingering, Kime and Mbanjwa are eager to cap off their maiden Dusi season together with a positive Non-Stop Dusi result.

“Non-Stop is obviously a little more important now though, after our disappointing Dusi, and so we’re definitely looking to go for the win on Friday,” explained Kime.

Kime has competed in the “Dusi in a day” just once previously, when he and Kwanda Mhlophe raced to second place behind Andy Birkett in 2012, while Mbanjwa is an old hand at the 100 km+ event, having tackled it seven times before, four times victoriously. The pair will, however, remain unchanged from their fourth placed Dusi approach with Kime set to drive and Mbanjwa to provide valuable insight into how to manage oneself throughout a treacherously long day on the water.

With organisers confirming a full Henley Dam release, and 15 and 20 cumecs set to be released out of Nagle Dam and Inanda Dam respectively, Kime is excited by the prospect of his second Non-Stop attempt being even better than the first.

With a hungry Kime and Mbanjwa as well as heaps of other talented K1 and K2 crews set to tackle the 2014 Non-Stop Dusi Canoe Marathon, paddling enthusiasts unable or unwilling to participate are set to keep a keen eye on proceedings.

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