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Five medals for SA at World Cup in Denmark

Our paddlers snapped up five medals on day one of the Masters World Cup canoeing event in Copenhagen, Denmark on Wednesday, writes Mark Etheridge.

The World Cup is the precursor to the Marathon World Championships at the same venue this weekend.

The medal breakdown was two golds and three silvers and the South African medal campaign started with a bang as Marion Young won the women’s K1 (35-39 year age-group).

Said team manager Peter Cole: “The day dawned cold and wet but luckily not windy, with a huge thunderstorm hitting the venue right in the middle of the first batch of racing.

“Marion won after hanging onto the front bunch for the majority of the race. She made her move at the final portage, hitting the front and then holding on for the final 1000m for a superb win,” he told Road to Rio 2016.

The second gold went to the evergreen Len Jenkins in the Men’s K1 70-74 age group. “Len led from start to finish and even challenged the paddlers in the age group below him,” commented Cole.

The silver medals for South Africa went to Nic Oldert (K1 55-59) and Alan Hold (K1 60-64) and Radoslaw Olszewski (C1 50-54 canoe division). “Radoslaw is our only C1 paddler so it was great that he did so well.”

Thursday’s racing switches to the K2 categories in the masters division before the evening’s opening ceremony.

Cole went on to enthuse about the standard of paddling. “One thing is for sure and that’s that this is definitely the most competitive Masters Champs ever, with some of the age groups having well in excess of 50 paddlers and there are even paddlers in the 80+ category which says a lot for the longevity of the sport.”