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No more medals as SA paddlers hit by rudder problems
- Updated: September 25, 2013
There were no medals for the South African team on the last day of the World Canoe Marathon Championships in Denmark but some excellent racing, writes Mark Etheridge.
The finals day’s competition saw the men’s and women’s K2 categories and the women were struck down by some cruel luck.
Olympic bronze medallist Bridgitte Hartley and her partner Michelle Eray would have been a contender for the podium had everything gone their way. But their rudder broke in the very first kilometre, ruling them out of contention.
And the second SA boat was also hit by rudder problems as Alexa Cole and Eloise Horne’s rudder broke with one lap to go while they were in the second group, slugging it out for the fourth fifth and sixth positions.
Of the men’s racing, manager Peter Cole said: Shaun Rubenstein and Sean Rice were up with the Spanish leaders for two laps before dropping back to the Hungarians who out printed them for the bronze medal. And Andy Birkett and Cam Schoeman were in the bunch behind and won that sprint to finish fifth.
“So no more medals on the final day but some good racing. Next year’s World Championships now move to Oklahoma in the United States.”