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Hartley misses out on final
- Updated: August 20, 2010
By Mark Etheridge
Our golden girl of sprint canoeing, Bridgitte Hartley failed to make the A final of the women’s K1 1000-metre event at the ICF World Sprint Championships in Poznan, Poland on Thursday.
Hartley, who is our only medallist yet in World Sprint Championships history after her bronze medal in the same event in Dartmouth, Canada last year, ended seventh in the semi-final, not quick enough to make the final.
Earlier she had placed second her heat, clocking 4min 05.630sec behind Sofia Paldanius who was timed at 4:03.784. In the semi-final though she was slower than her heat, ending in 4:10.501, compared to Hungarian winner Katalin Kovac’s’ 4:03.181.
None of our canoeists reached an A final on day one of the competition which featured all the 1000m events and strong tailwinds produced conditions that made competing something of a lottery as the waves interfered with stroke technique.
Rising star Nick Stubbs placed fourth in the men’s K1000 semi-finals (3:39.191), good enough to go through to the B-final.
In the C1000 class Calvin Mokoto was eight in the third of four heats (4:39.658) with the winner of his heat clcoking 4:04.310.
The promising K2 combination of Cradock brothers Ryan and Greg Louw were eighth in the second of four semis, their time 3:29.479. This after ending seventh in the heat (3:36.371).
In our relatively new combination doing duty in the K4 category, it was Chrisjan Coetzee, Pieter Willem Basson, Fouche van Tonder and Gavin White who ended seventh in their heat (3:03.243) and then eighth in the semi-final (3:03.437). They live on to fight another day in the B-final.