Rice and Solomon scoop SA K2 canoe title

2012-09-12 00:00

SWELLENDAM — Graeme Solomon and Sean Rice scooped the SA K2 River Championship title after a thrilling win in the weekend Breede River canoe marathon that ended outside Swellendam.

It was a maiden river title for Rice, who has come into canoeing through surf life-saving, and a third Breede title for Solomon — one loaded with significance.

Solomon and Rice had to dig deep to hold off a strong challenge in the final kilometre of the race from former marathon world champs, Ant Stott and Cam Schoeman, with the tiring Heinrich Schloms and Gavin White in third.

The women’s race fell to the determined and composed new crew of Robyn Kime and Eloise Horn (née Van Gysen), after the challenge from reunited Olympians Jen Theron and Nikki Mocké finally faltered.

“When Michéle [Eray] was forced to pull out on Friday, Peter Cole saw her tweet, and suggested Eloise to me,” said Kime.

“It was a gamble that paid off because she was really strong in the boat,” said Kime.

Both Kime and Horn will be part of the South African team to the world marathon championships in Rome in two weeks’ time.

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