Miedema and Kime in total command

2010-01-23 00:00

WHILE the men’s Dusi race has ebbed and flowed like a desperate chase scene straight out of James Bond, the women’s race seems set to wrap itself up like a sweetly constructed rom-com.

There have been a few spills, with Abbey Miedema and Robyn Kime twice “going swimming”, but the happy ending is in sight for the dominant pair.

Despite their troubles in the rapids, they still managed to stretch their lead to 11 minutes, and the only obstacle in their way may be complacency.

“It depends on the water level, but we may paddle Burma,” Miedema said.

“With our lead, we should really run it, but we don’t really want to go through that,” she added.

Their main threat is the duo of Abby Adie and Lindy Harmsen, who enjoyed a thrilling day pitting their wits against the experience of Jen Hodson and Hilary Pitchford.

Adie and Harmsen took the lead at Saddles rapid when Hodson and Pitchford took a tumble, but they were soon level pegging when the former went in themselves at Gumtree.

The topsy-turvy scrap eventually ended at Hippo rapids, when Adie and Harmsen took advantage of another slip by their rivals, and never looked back.

Reflecting on a tough day, Hodson said they had only made two errors, but they had paid for it.

“We are two-and-a-half minutes back, but we have had a great time,” she said.

Baulking at the challenge that is Burma, she said that they will take the gamble of paddling.

“I promised that we wouldn’t have to run it after we did Cabbage and ‘Hole in the Wall’ on day one, so we will not be running up Burma, thank you!

“Besides, we are paddlers, so we really should be paddling,” she added jokingly.

The women’s scrap, then, is really in Miedema and Kime’s hands.

As long as they avoid temptation, they should paddle into Blue Lagoon to celebrate a clinical race.

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