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Stubbs shocks Shaun

The biggest surprise of the day at the SA Sprint Kayak Championships at Nagle Dam on Friday came in the men’s K1 1000-metre final, when Shaun Rubenstein had to settle for the bronze medal, six seconds off the blistering pace set by Nick Stubbs and Len Jenkins, who claimed gold and silver respectively.

In his defence though, Cape Town based Rubenstein has been focusing on the new Olympic 200m sprint distance, and consequently is not on form over the 1000m distance due to the technicalities of training for both.

The men’s K2 1000m final made for great racing with the crew of Stuart Waterworth and Cam Schoeman narrowly beating Stubbs and Jenkins.

In the K4 racing, the newly formed team of Western Cape and Gauteng paddlers Chrisjan Coetzee, PW Basson, Fouche van Tonder and Gavin White, surprised the infinitely more experienced KZN boat of Martin van den Bergh, Gregor Martin, Stuart Maclaren and Frans Smit, to claim the win in the men’s 1000m final.

In the women’s K1 500m final Bridgitte Hartley and Jen Hodson were a cut above the rest in first and second position respectively, five seconds ahead of Tiffany Kruger. Hodson’s┬áperformance was particularly impressive as she only returned to sprint training after competing in the 2010 Dusi Canoe marathon, and she has also been focusing her training on the 200m distance.

CSA General manager Graham Bird was happy with the day’s racings saying: ÔÇ£It is exciting to see the rising standards in sprint canoeing in South Africa. Where there would normally be one standout performance, there are now a lot more athletes fighting for the first place. I feel that this is a good indication that the CSA High performance program, which is funded by the National Lottery Distribution Trust Fund, is on the right trackÔÇØ.

Greg van Heerden, the CSA High Performance program Co-coordinator was similarly enthusiastic about the athlete’s results at this stage, ÔÇ£The squad is looking good heading towards the Olympics. This trial showed that the squad has lifted their game, and will hopefully continue to lift their game heading toward the Olympic trials next year.ÔÇØ


Men’s 1000m K1 final
1 Nick Stubbs 3min 33.94sec
2 Len Jenkins 3:34.47
3 Shaun Rubenstein 3:40.18

Women’s┬á500m K1 final
1 Bridgitte Hartley 1:52.26
2 Jen Hodson 1:53.51
3 Tiffany Kruger 1:58.36

Women’s K2 500m
1 Bridgitte Hartley and Michele Eray 1:46.09
2 Tiffany Kruger and Michelle Eder 1:48.09
3 Rochelle van Coller and Esti van Tonder 1:52.08

Men’s K2 1000m
1 Stuart Waterworth and Cam Schoeman 3:12.82
2 Len Jenkins and Nick Stubbs 3:13.54
3 Grant van der Walt and Matt Bouman 3:17.39

Men’s K4 1000m
1 Coetzee, Basson, van Tonder, White 2:53.82
2 Van den Bergh, Martin, Maclaren, Smit 2:59.88
3 Eberle, Theron, Burgess, De Klerk 3:08.85

Men’s C1 1000m
1 Calvin Mokoto 4:25.73
2 Radoslaw Olsezewski 4:26.53
3 Michael Ngwenya 4:36.53