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Hartley heads home with World Cup bronze medal

Bridgitte Hartley ended her weekend’s World Cup racing with a bronze medal in Poland, writes Mark Etheridge.

Competing in the third and final World Cup, Hartley was always going to be up against it in Poznan after an enforced illness break with chicken pox.

But she still managed to make the A-Final of the 500-metre K1 event and also reach the B final in the make or break 200m dash.

She wrapped up her weekend’s work with a crack at the 5000m event and third spot meant she went away with a bronze medal, the same colour medal she won in London at the Olympics last year (albeit in the 500m).

“I’m happy with the A-final,” Hartley told Road to Rio 2016 as she prepared to head back home to her home province of KwaZulu-Natal. “I didn’t have a good connection in the boat so didn’t race very well in the final but it will get better with practice.

“In my 200m I was 6th in the B-final which is not too bad either as I also feel like I lost gym strength when I was sick ÔÇô and the gym work helps with the shorter explosive power.

“I decided to race the 5km as it was the last event for training here in Poznan and got the bronze.”

Her time was 22min 28.182sec in a race won by New Zealand’s Teneale Hatton (22:01.362) with Canadian Emilie Fournel (22:02.850).

Now she’ll be happier to get back to warmer climes. “I’ll be training mostly in KZN now because it’s warmer there ÔÇô and I’m also planning my 30th birthday,” she smiled.

And after the birthday festivities? “I’ll leave for Europe again in middle July for a camp building towards world champs.”