PMB duo grab gold in world K2

2008-09-21 00:00

Tyn Nad Vltavou (Czech Republic) — Ant Stott and Cam Schoeman ended the South African challenge at the world marathon championships with a stunning gold medal in the men’s K2 competition, just a day after Stott had won a bronze medal in the men’s K1 race.

The Pietermaritzburg duo fought off spirited challenges from the crews of Spain and Hungary to win the end-sprint at the end of a riveting and highly competitive contest. Stott and Schoeman were dominant throughout the men’s K2 race, and held on another very cold day.

Their skill in running with the boat, and their speed off the mark allowed them to dictate tactics going into and coming out of the portages, and then conserve energy by riding the wave of the other boats on the front bunch.

There were seven boats together at the front after three laps, with the South Africans and the Hungarian duo of Attila Jambor and Mate Petrovics controlling tactics.

By the end of the fourth portage, the front group had been whittled down to four, with the Hungarians surprising casualties of the dog-eat-dog racing.

However, the Hungarians fought back gallantly, and coming out of the final portage, the race for the world title was reduced to four crews — South Africa, Hungary, Spain and the Czech Republic.

Stott and Schoeman worked hard for a slight advantage, coming into the final sprint to the line to hold off the Spaniards Guerrero and Alonso and the Hungarian crew of Jambor and Petrovics.

The crew of Graeme Solomon and Lance King were not far behind the front bunch, in a tight group contesting 10th place, finishing up 13th.

It is the first time that a South African crew has won a K2 world championship. In 2003, Hank McGregor won the K1 world title in Spain, while in Australia the women’s crew of Alexa Lombard and Donia Kamstra won the silver medal in the K2 race. Grant van der Walt won the junior K1 title last year.

In the junior races, the talented crew of Ben Biggs and Stuart Waterworth were well in contention, racing in the front bunch, before Waterworth started battling to breathe in the very cold racing conditions. They fell off the front bunch and eventually had to withdraw from the race on the third lap to seek medical help.

After receiving oxygen from the on-site medical personnel, a disappointed Waterworth was discharged.

The other South African crew in the race, Clinton Cook and Stu McLaren, finished in ninth place.

In the girls’ race, the Amanzimtoti pairing of Lauren Felgate and Jenna Ward spent most of their race in the fourth bunch and went on to secure 15th place.

Injury led to the withdrawal of the South African C2 crew of Calvin Mokoto and Radoslaw Olszewski. Their race ended on the third lap with Olszewski battling with a recurrent leg injury.

The South African team jets home this week, having secured seven medals in the Masters Cup event that precedes the senior and junior world championships, and the two medals in the K1 races.

World Marathon Championships

Mens K2 30,1km

1. Ant Stott/Cam Schoeman RSA 2:02.14

2. Jorge Alonso/Santiago Guererro ESP 2:02.15

3. Attila Jambor/Petrovics HUN 2:02.15

4. Thomas Horak/Petr Skala CZE 2:02.15

5. Marcio Pinto/Pedro Gomes POR 2:03.05

13. Graeme Solomon/Lance King RSA 2:07.57

Junior girls K2 21,5km

1. Susanna Cicali/Roberta Fiorini ITA 1:38.25

2. Martina Vichova/Monika Machova CZE 1:38.46

3. Alexandra Georgopoulous/Ramona Farkasdi HUN 1:40.37

15. Lauren Felgate/Jenna Ward RSA 1:49.11

JUNIOR BOYS K2 21,5km

1. Ed Rutherford/Thomas Hide GBR 1:27.48

2. Toon Broekx/Maarten Vervliet BEL 1:28.19

3. Peter Holicza/Gabor Mathe HUN 1:28.33

9. Clinton Cook/Stuart McLaren RSA 1:32.41

Mens C2 25,8km

1. Edvin Csabai/Attila Gyore HUN 1:53.53

2. Ramon Ferro/Oscar Grana ESP 1:54.32

3. Angel Christian Rivademer/David Mascato ESP 1:55.49

Womens K2 25,8km

1. Anne Lolk/Henriette Hansen DEN 1:53.42

2. Renata Csay/Berenike Faldum HUN 1:53.43

3. Judit Kollar/Follath Vivien HUN 1:57.58

7. Lindi-May Harmsen/Abi Adie RSA 2:02.46

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