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Former Dusi champion Stott out of 2014 race
- Updated: January 29, 2014
Four-times Dusi champion and former marathon world champion, Ant Stott has abandoned his Dusi K2 challenge with Matt Bouman after suffering another serious ankle injury.
The 37-year-old Stott (Bamboo Warehouse), who last won the Dusi title in 2009 and finished second in the race’s closest ever finish to Andy Birkett in 2011, was planning a serious Dusi campaign with lifesaving ironman Bouman, and was working hard on both his paddling and running, before an accident in the Drakensberg ended those dreams.
ÔÇ£I was running alongside the river watching some friends kayaking Thrombosis Gorge on the uMzimkulu outside Underberg when I slipped on a particularly steep section of the path and fell badly on my right ankle,ÔÇØ said Stott, pictured right.
With some totally torn and other badly strained ligaments, Stott consulted several specialists before resigning himself to the fact that his 2014 Dusi challenge was over, and he informed Bouman. ÔÇ£We were really going to give it a full go,ÔÇØ said Stott. ÔÇ£I am not sure if it would have been enough to threaten some of the top crews but we were confident of doing really well, so this is frustrating!ÔÇØ
Stott’s career has been hampered by ankle injuries. Early in his paddling career he shattered the bones in his left ankle during a tubing accident on the Lower uMzimkulu, and in recent years he has had to battle with a serious Achilles tendon injury, which side-lined him from the last K1 Dusi.
In the past two years he has turned his hand to waveskiing and quickly proved that his river racing prowess and fitness brought significant value to his surf-based efforts with him now being a regular feature of the inter-provincial waveski competition scene.
Stott however is determined to be part of the Dusi this year, a race that he has won four times and finished second in eight times, and will act as the race’s helicopter correspondent for Radio 2000 as well as participating in regular Twitter updates and CoverItLive online commentary contributions throughout.
Picture: Actionography/Gameplan Media