Mixed fortunes for KZN junior canoeing

2008-04-28 00:00

KwaZulu-Natal junior canoeists experienced mixed fortunes at the South African Sprint Championships at Nagle Dam over the weekend.

At the time of going to press, the 200-metre finals will decide the national championships in both the boys’ and girls’ categories.

Epworth’s Vicky Chiazzari is just one point behind Western Province’s Bianca Beavitt and Maritzburg College’s Stuart Waterworth is just one-and-a-half points ahead of Gauteng’s Grant van der Walt. These were the standings after six of the eight events (K1 and K2 races over the 3 000 metres, 1 000 metres and 500 metres).

On Saturday, Van der Walt took the 1 000-metre K1 title from Waterworth with another Gauteng paddler, Frans Smit, in third place. In the K2 race, Waterworth teamed up with St Charles paddler Ben Biggs to win from Van der Walt and Martin van den Bergh, with Clint Cook (Maritzburg College) and Stuart MacLaren (Michaelhouse) third.

Beavitt had a convincing five-second win over Chiazzari in the girls’ race with Melanie van Niekerk (WP) in third place.

In the K2, Chiazzari and The Wykham Collegiate partner Lindsay Davis won from Beavitt and Niki

Fischer with Van Niekerk and Marisa Pretorius in third place.

As the championship points earned in K1 races are more than twice as many as in the K2 events, Van der Walt and Beavitt were well ahead at the start of the 3 000-metre K2 for girls and K1 for boys on Saturday afternoon. Chiazzari pulled back slightly by winning the K2 3 000 metres with Davis, but Van der Walt extended his lead in the 3 000-metre K1 by winning the the race from Waterworth and MacLaren.

On Sunday, Waterworth’s situation improved dramatically with a win in the K1 500 metres and the K2 500 metres with Biggs. This was compounded by Van der Walt only managing third in the K2 500 metres with Van den Bergh behind MacLaren and his Michaelhouse partner Gregor Martin.

Finally, another win in the 3 000-metre K2 gave Waterworth his slender lead with two events to go.

In the girls’ 500-metre K1, Chiazzari turned the tables on Beavitt with an equally convincing two-and-a-half second win. She and Davis also won the K2 500-metres and things were looking rosy for Chiazzari, who also celebrated her 18th birthday on Sunday.

However, Beavitt fought back for a one-point lead with a win in the 3 000-metre K1.

Whichever way you look at it, the 200-metre K1 final holds the key to the championships and the winner in both cases takes the SA title. Chiazzari and Waterworth will take heart from the fact that they have tended to fare better over the shorter distances thus far, giving them some confidence going into the almost anaerobic 200-metres.

Racing conditions at Nagle Dam were sunny and warm with a following breeze on Saturday, and cloudy and warm with a stronger following breeze on Sunday.

Results

Girls’ 3 000 metres

K1: 1. Bianca Beavitt WP 14:09,82; 2. Vicky Chiazzari KZN 14:55,18; Lindsay Davis KZN 14:59,36.

K2: 1. Vicky Chaizzari and Lindsay Davis KZN 13:57,34; 2. Bianca Beavitt and Niki Fischer WP 14:01,86; 3. Melanie van Niekerk and Marissa Pretorius WP 14:06,13.

Girls’ 1 000 metres

K1: 1. Bianca Beavitt WP 4:14,87; 2. Vicky Chiazzari KZN 4:20,32; 3. Melani van Niekerk WP 4:21,10.

K2: 1. Vicky Chaizzari and Lindsay Davis KZN 3:56,18; 2. Bianca Beavitt and Niki Fischer WP 4:05,05: 3. Melanie van Niekerk and Marissa Pretorius WP 4:10,83.

Girls’ 500 metres

K1: 1. Vicky Chaizzari KZN 2:01,43; 2. Bianca Beavitt WP 1:04,22; 3. Kerry Malan GA 2:04,88.

K2: 1. Vicky Chaizzari and Lindsay Davis KZN 1:54,53; 2. Bianca Beavitt and Niki Fischer WP 1:59,56; 3. Melanie van Niekerk and Marissa Pretorius WP 2:02,50.

Boys’ 3 000 metres

K1: 1. Grant van der Walt GA 12:33,47; 2. Stuart Waterworth KZN 12:47,81; Stuart MacLaren KZN 13:34.

K2: 1. Stuart Waterworth and Ben Biggs KZN 11:44,02; 2. Grant van der Walt and Martin van den Bergh GA 12:05,20; Blaine Berresford and Brandon van der Walt KZN/GA 12:15,85.

Boys’ 1 000 metres

K1: 1. Grant van der Walt GA 3:35,44; 2. Stuart Waterworth KZN 3:39; 3. Frans Smit GA 3:43,84.

K2: 1. Stuart Waterworth and Ben Biggs KZN 3:25,4; 2. Grant van der Walt and Martin van den Bergh GA 3:26,97; 3. Clint Cook and Stuart MacLaren KZN 3:28,02.

Boys’ 500 metres

K1: 1. Stuart Waterworth KZN 1:43,84; 2. Grant van der Walt GA 1:46,27; 3. Ben Biggs KZN 1:47,50.

K2: 1. Stuart Waterworth and Ben Biggs KZN 1:38,51; 2. Stuart MacLaren and Gregor Martin KZN 1:39; 3. Grant van der Walt and Martin van den Bergh GA 1:39,61.

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