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Birkett and Notten crowned Fish Canoe Marathon champions in nail biting finish

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Race winners Andy Birkett and Nick Notten shoot Cradock Weir at the end of the second day of the 2021 Fish River Canoe Marathon on Saturday, October 9. Photo: Bruce Viaene/ Gameplan Media
Race winners Andy Birkett and Nick Notten shoot Cradock Weir at the end of the second day of the 2021 Fish River Canoe Marathon on Saturday, October 9. Photo: Bruce Viaene/ Gameplan Media

Nicholas Notten and Andy Birkett have been crowned the new South African K-2 canoe champions.

Notten and Birkett (4:43,42) who won the first lap from Grassridge dam to Knutsford bridge within seconds on Friday, October 8 kept up their good work to become the overall winners after completing the second day’s race from Knutsford to Cradock seconds ahead of Jasper Mocke and Cyril Carrao (4:44,16) who came third. Hamish Lovemore and Hank McGregor (4:49,05) had to concede Friday’s second place to finish third on the last lap.

In the ladies section Christie McKenzie and Bridgitte Hartley (5:17,43) looked as if they had already booked the championship on Friday, while Jenny Nisbett and Saskia Hockly (5:20,20) stuck to their second place and Jordan Peak and Pippa McGregor (5:38,00) to the third place they achieved.

In the section for girls u/18 the championship went to Jessice Behn and Rachel van Deventer (6:37,07), followed by Laila Maher and Amy Hulett (6:42,11) with Lizanne Conradie and Sarah Jones (6:51,52) In the third place.  The girls finished in the same positions that they did on Friday.

In the boys u/18 section the championship went to Jack Edmund and Matthew Millway (4:55,29) who came 8th overall on Friday and improved so much that they came 6th  overall.  Jordan Fenn and Luke Swinney (5;12,24) finished in the second place with Joshua Simpkins and Matthew Coetzer (5:16,37) in third place.

In line with COVID-19 regulations, there was no open prize giving this year and medals and certificates were handed out at the Standard Cricket Club.

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