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Rubenstein: ‘Work paying off’
- Updated: May 11, 2010
Potential 2012 Olympic medallist Shaun Rubenstein was a happy man after the opening World Cup canoe event in Vichy, France at the weekend.
Rubenstein and competition partner Mike Arthur made the decision to relocate to Cape Town from Johannesburg and Durban respectively to maximise their medal hopes in London, 2012.
And it looks like their decision is paying off.
“World Cup 1 is done and I am very satisfied,” said Rubenstein. “This season has been very interesting for me as my training has been completely different from previous years. My focus has been on speed for the 200m K2 with Mike and its awesome to finally know that the training that we are doing is working and that we are almost as fast as the fastest boat at the moment.”
The Cape crew came fourth in the new Olympic sprint distance of 200m.
“While we ended up coming fourth in our 200m A final, we were only 0.3 sec off the French in first, 0.2 sec off the Spanish (Olympic champions) in second and 0.016 behind the Danish in third. Our result has given me a lot of confidence going forward, both in our ability as a combination and that our training so far is on track and we are making real progress.”
The duo also raced the 500m K2 race, an event which Rubenstein previously fared well in.
“It was good considering that we have not given the 500m much thought at all. Mike and I had really good heats and semi’s to make it through to the A final and even though we had to settle for eighth in the final, our race was very solid, we learned some good lessons and we are sure we can go faster still in the 500m.
“Even though the 500m is now off the Olympic program, it is still a very interesting race as the 200m guys are using it as good training for their endurance and the 1000m guys are using it to improve their speed. At this regatta, the 1000m guys out performed the 200m guys in the 500m K2 but hopefully that will change in the next race in Szeged in three weeks time.
“Nick (Stubbs) did really well in his first regatta racing K1, placing 2nd in the 500m B final while the Louw brothers also performed really well in their first World Cup together, finishing fourth in the 200m K2 B final.”
The two paddlers, accompanied by coach Marcus Melck and Arthur’s wife Hayley have had little time to savour their victory.
“We’re currently in Portugal at the Nelo training centre for a week of intense training to get our fitness levels back up after a tough week’s racing. We are in the most beautiful resort with absolutely everything that we need right at our door step. We really are being looked after well here. ”
Still, it isn’t all plain sailing for Rubenstein. “The only thing is that I am here in this┬áamazing┬áresort without my beautiful fiance who unfortunately has had to stay at home while I am away training and racing. I am already really missing Ruvenna which makes being away from home a whole lot tougher.”