Star power dominates K2 SA marathon championships at Keurbooms

2009-06-30 00:00

IT WAS a case of the cream rising to the surface during Sunday’s K2 SA Marathon Championships as 2006 K1 World Champion Shaun Rubenstein and reigning K2 World Champion Ant Stott raced to a solid victory on the Keurbooms River.

In the senior ladies’ race, international World Cup champion Bridgitte Hartley and fellow Olympian Michele Eray claimed a comfortable victory.

Racing in the overcast drizzle, there was a two-boat breakaway from the first portage in the men’s race. Rubenstein and Stott and Hank McGregor and Grant van der Walt dropped three chasers at the put-in, and spent the rest of the seven laps working together to drive home their advantage. The win by almost three seconds capped a dream weekend for Rubenstein that included victory in Saturday’s epic K1 race.

The ladies’ race had its fair share of drama as the pairing of one of the pre-race favourites, Olympians Jen Hodson and Carol Joyce, missed the start of the race. The pair arrived during the second lap and entered for the final four laps on a time trial basis for selection purposes only.

Bridgitte Hartley and Michele Eray were told of the change for the start of their third lap and had to put tactics aside to race against the clock, finishing 19 seconds ahead of Hodson and Joyce.

The Junior races ended in two-boat endsprints with Brandon van der Walt and Murray Burgess taking the boys’ race and Kerry Malan and Jenna Ward the girls’.

Results summary:

Men K2

1.Shaun Rubenstein / Ant Stott 2h 04m 51.19s

2.Grant van der Walt / Hank McGregor 2:05:01.93

3.Graeme Solomon / Gavin White 2:10:21.17

Women K2

1.Michele Eray / Bridgitte Hartley 1:28:15.80

2.Abby Adie / Lindi-May Harmsen 2:02:27.96

3.Robyn Kime / Jackie Barnes 2:05:13.45

U18 Boys K2

1.Brandon van der Walt / Murray Burgess 1:32:01.14

2.Martin van den Bergh / Stu MacLaren 1:32:37.95

3.Gavin Shuter / Ruan Knobel 1:33:40.06 (U16)

U18 Girls K2

1.Jenna Ward / Kerry Malan 1:24:26.07

2.Lindsey Davis / Jenna Starr 1:24:26.93

3.Kerry Segal / Lauren Felgate 1:26:43.17
















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