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More finals for SA paddlers in Duisberg World Cup
- Updated: May 22, 2016
By Mark Etheridge
There was an early second and fourth placed finish for South African paddlers to get Saturday’s Canoe Sprint World Cup event in Duisberg, Germany off to a start.
London Olympics bronze medallist in the 500m, Bridgitte Hartley (pictured above) took fourth in the frenetic 200m K1 C-Final dash with a 41.588sec finish as Portugal’s Francisca Laia won in 40.797.
Then Esti van Tonder took second spot in the B-Final of the K1 1000m long-haul behind China’s Yanan Wu.
The Pretoria athlete was happy with her 4:03.495 finish on day that also saw her lining up for the K1 500m heats.
‘The 1000 B-final was an awesome race going head to head with China [4:03.296] to the finish, ending up second just 0.2sec behind her,’ she told Road to Rio 2016.
‘The 500m heat was a toughie lining up with what felt like most of the A-final. Still, I raced my best but unfortunately didn’t manage to progress to the semis.’
She ended eighth in the third of six heats in 1:56.233 as Kiwi Lisa Carrington won in 1:49.885.
‘Happy with the race though and I’ll consider it a personal challenge to better my race by leaps and bounds at the next World Cup!’
Hartley had no problems in going through to the semi-finals in the next heat as she powered to second spot in 1:51.132 behind China’s Yu Zhou (1:50.213).
That saw her in semi-final one where she placed sixth in 1:51.910 as Belarussia’s Maryna Litvinchuk won in 1:48.561.
After having booked her berth in the C final the Richard’s Bay athlete ended her day with a victorious smile as she won that in 1:51.123 from Belgium’s Hermien Peters (1:51.457).