SA paddlers set Singapore alight

2011-10-22 00:00

SINGAPORE — The under-23 and masters age group paddlers set the tone for the ambitious South African canoeing team at the World Marathon Championships in Singapore, where they posted top results in volatile weather, with the masters group adding nine K2 medals to their first day tally of eleven podiums.

In the under-18 races, Maritzburg College’s Donovan Wewege was placed fifth.

In the junior girls’ race, St Johns DSG pupil Emma Horner was also placed fifth in the U18 girls K1 race.

In the U23 K1 races South Africa secured two seventh places with Jenna Starr and Cam Schoeman.

Every SA doubles crew that entered the masters cup that precedes the start of the world championships proper raced on to the podium.

Brothers Neil and Sean Evans, racing in the 35 — 39 years age group, bagged a silver medal.

James Tutton and Daynie Loots, teaming up for the first time as a late entry mixed doubles crew, won the bronze in the 40 — 44 year age group.

In the 45 - 49 year age group Brendon Thompson and Derek Hauptfleisch won silver. Compatriots Bruce Banfield and Gavin Steyl followed them home, just on a minute later to claim the bronze.

In the 50 — 54 age group, Paddy Strickland and Bruce Wenke had a storming race to claim the silver.

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