Paddlers back at Nagle Dam

2009-05-22 00:00

THE province’s flat-water marathon paddlers will be back at Nagle Dam again this Saturday for the K2 section of the KZN Marathon Championships. The event will also serve as the trial for the KZN team to attend the SA Championships on the Keurbooms River near Plettenberg Bay at the end of June.

In line with the international trends in this discipline of canoeing, the course for Saturday will consist of multiple laps of four kilometres each with a 100-metre portage at the end of each lap. The final portage is then followed by a 1 500-metre dash for the finish line. The various age groups compete in different numbers of laps from the three laps of the U14’s through to the seven laps of the senior men. Racing begins at 9 am from the main picnic site at Nagle Dam with the junior and master classes. Once their races are complete the men and women, senior and U23 will be racing from 11.30 am onwards.

Last Saturday saw a relatively poor turnout for the K1 section of the Championships at the same venue. Despite this there was very keen competition in both the boys and girls categories. Gauteng’s Martin van den Bergh finally won the end sprint by just 0,93 seconds after a race long duel with Michaelhouse’s Stuart MacLaren. Winning U16, Donovan Wewege from Maritzburg College, took the third spot racing alone for the whole distance. In the U16’s, Jenna Ward from Amamzimtoti and Emma Horner from Natal Canoe Club broke clear quite early in the girls race and although they were then racing together sharing the pull, Horner’s strength as a sprinter looked certain to give her the final win. But, as is so often the case, the portages, always a source of potential mishaps, took a hand. Horner missed her footing while re-entering the water at the end of the second to last portage and tipped her boat, allowing it to fill with water. Ward took full advantage, gaining a critical 50-metre lead while Horner was emptying. At the end of the final portage Ward was still ahead but by only 20 metres and at the start of the final 750-metre straight to the line Horner was back in the front. But the effort of catching up limited her win to just 0,63 seconds in a very exciting final sprint. Lindsay Davis from Wykeham Collegiate took the third place.

Just three boats contested both the senior men’s and women’s races. Lucas Mthalane, Michael Mbanjwa and Ryan Louw circulated together the whole way in the men’s race with Mthalane taking the final sprint. In contrast, the women quite quickly broke at about the half-way mark to circulate alone with Michelle Eray winning from Abby Adie and Angelique Mulder. Tiaan de Klerk won the better contested new U23 international class from Ryan Aikins and Eric Zondi.

The final KZN Team will be announced on Monday.

 

K1 RESULTS

Senior Men — seven laps

1. Lucas Mthalane LEM 2:32:33, 2. Michael Mbanjwa SOW 2:32,34, 3. Ryan Louw FIS 2:32,34.5

Senior and U23 Women — six laps

1. Michelle Eray KNY 2:13,05, 2. Abie Adie(U23) NAT 2:24,55, 3. Angelique Mulder(U23) KIN 2:27,40

Boys U18 — five laps

1. Martin van den Bergh DAB 1:46:51.02, 2. Stuart MacLaren MIC 1:46,51.95, 3. Donovan Wewege(U16) MAR 1:54,42

Girls U18 — four laps

1. Emma Horner(U16) NAT 1:33,32, 2. Jenna Ward(U16) AMA 1:33:33, 3. Lindsay Davis TWC 1:38:52

1st Guppy — 3000m — James Horner NAT 0:20,39.

1st U14 — three laps — Boys — Tyron Pontes AMA 1:18:13, Girls - Courtney MacKenzie NAT 1:24,56

Master Classes — five laps

1st SV Marc Germiquet UMZ 1:52,37

1st V Travis Wilkinson KIN 1:47,36 — women, Mandy Austen-Smith NAT 2:09,44

1st SM Eric Hildebrandt KIN 1:50,00

1st M TC Smit CEN 1:51,17

1st SGM Tim Cornish NAT 1:57’21

1st GM Len Jenkins NAT 2:04,40

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