Rubenstein eyes Dusi top 10

2013-01-30 00:00

FORMER Olympic sprinter Shaun Rubenstein set tongues wagging when he showed up for the weekend’s race and confirmed he would be racing the Unlimited Dusi that starts at Camps Drift on February 14.

The 29-year-old Capetonian finished third in his last K1 Dusi, and sixth with partner Steve Farrell in last year’s K2 race.

Rubenstein showed all his trademark tenacity and determination during the weekend’s race from Campbell’s Farm to Dusi bridge, which included the tough portages up Guinea Fowl and Cabbage Tree, and showed the high-powered field that he will be a force to be reckoned with on the three-day epic from Pietermaritzburg to Durban.

Rubenstein admitted that he hadn’t been planning to race, but had been drawn back into it by his long history with the event.

“I am training for the epic, so I am pretty fit, but I have done very little running with the boat,” said Rubenstein. “I am going to race to have fun, but I am seriously aiming for a top 10 finish.

“I found out on the weekend that my running will be my weak point, and I also found out that there are whole lot of ‘lighties’ who are paddling at a whole new level.

“I raced with Lance Kime for part of the race, and he was so professional about everything he did.”

He has no illusions about the intensity of the competition, with one of the most powerful fields in decades assembling for the race. “Just getting into the top 10 is going to be no joke,” said Rubenstein, who will be racing his seventh Dusi. “I think the guys like Andy Birkett, Hank McGregor and Bungee [Thulani Mbanjwa] will be safe, but the race for the top 10 will be hectic.”

The race ends at Blue Lagoon in Durban on February 16. More information can be found at www.dusi.co.za

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