Down to the wire for men in KZN sprint final

2010-03-23 00:00

THE first two events in the four-regatta series that makes up the KwaZulu-Natal Sprint Championships 2010 were held on the KZN Canoe Union Course at Nagle Dam last weekend.

Nick Stubbs and Len Jenkins took first and second places respectively, just 0,4 seconds apart, in the Men’s K1 1 000 m final at the ­Sheila Pearce Sprints on Saturday. Stubbs went out hard, leaving Jenkins to play catch-up, which he did by the 500 m mark. At the finish, Stubbs’s surge for the line was marginally better timed. Third place was taken by Cam Schoeman.

Tiffany Kruger dominated the women’s field, but the result of the day came from U16 Kerry Segal, who won the girls’ race by 14 seconds (4:16) from Brittany Petersen and Jenna Starr.

The Hattingh brothers, Dewalt and Louis, both paddling for Maritzburg College, won the U18 and U14 K1 categories respectively, while Shongweni’s Hamson Nkhoesa was top in the U16s.

In the K2 events, Schoeman and Stuart Waterworth produced a good time of 3:16 in the men’s race, with Kruger and Segal taking top honours in the women’s race.

Dewalt Hattingh and Blaine Berresford triumphed in the boys’ race, while Starr and Jenna Ward took the girls’ section.

On Sunday, the Natal Canoe Club Sprints came in the form of the long-distance day of the championships — 5 000 m around the cans for all except the U14s, who raced over 3 000 m. Jenkins, Schoeman, Stuart MacLaren, Frans Smit and Martin van den Bergh stayed together for almost the whole race, finishing in that order. Brandon van der Walt was the top boy in a close finish against Berresford. Segal and Kruger took easy wins in the girls’ and women’s races.

The 500 m and 200 m championship days are scheduled for this weekend at the same venue.





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