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Internationals come up trumps in low Berg River time trial

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The mandatory four-kilometre time trial got the 2017 Berg River Canoe Marathon festivities under way in Paarl on Tuesday with a surprising turn, as big Czech star Petr Mojžíšek was eight seconds quicker than his European counterpart Adrián Boros, in second.

Varsity College’s young Tom Lovemore came home in third.

A last-second entry from veteran Bamboo Warehouse’s Graeme Solomon has added another dimension to the 2017 event, but it was an international bunch that dominated the time trial, with three of the top five places going to paddlers from abroad.

‘I was unbelievably surprised by my result today,’ an animated Mojžíšek said at the finish. ‘On such a low river with no flow I can’t believe that I managed to win, but we know that the race starts tomorrow and I’m looking forward to it.

‘Being politically correct, I definitely didn’t have an advantage. With Graeme in the race now I’m going to try and make sure that I stay with him for the first two days. It’s going to be exciting racing.’

Following his K2 victory at the European Marathon Championships the past weekend, Boros is going to be a tough customer over the next four days, although his focus is on the ICF World Marathon Championships in Pietermaritzburg later in the year.

‘I’m feeling good, and after my second in the K1 and K2 win at the European Championships last weekend, I think that I’m fit enough for this year’s race.’

The surprise package on Tuesday and a potential top-three finisher, Lovemore, was in fine form as he powered home to a third place overall. ‘I felt I put in the same amount of effort this year, as I did last year, and I finished 10th in 2016 and third this year.

‘It’s an absolute privilege for me to be sharing a podium with these two international stars,’ he added.

Rounding out the top five was Solomon in fourth and behind him British star Keith Moule.

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Despite the fact that there were only two women in the time trial, Century City/Pink Lady’s Bianca Beavitt (above) was solid as she came home in 21st overall, with Kirsten Penderis finishing 30 seconds behind in 30th.

The opening stage of the 2017 Berg River Canoe Marathon will take paddlers from the start in Paarl to the finish at Hermon.

Pictures of Mojžíšek, Beavitt and a low-level Berg River, courtesy of John Hishin/Gameplan Media

Time trial results
Overall
1 Petr Mojžíšek (CZE) 14min 31sec
2 Adrián Boros (HUN) 14:39
3 Tom Lovemore (U23) 14:40
4 Graeme Solomon 14:48
5 Keith Moule (GBR) 14:54
6 Phillip Smith 15:06
7 Mpilo Zondi (U23) 15:22
8 Mthobisi Cele (U23) 15:31
9 Alan Houston (U23) 15:44
10 Richard Allen 15:46
11 Heinrich Shloms 15:55
12 Mvelo Ngidi (U18) 16:15
13 Anders Hart (U23) 16:15
14 Jan Venter 16:20
15 Evan Knight (U23) 16:22

Women
1 Bianca Beavitt 16:56
2 Kirsten Penderis 19:06

Under-23
1 Tom Lovemore 14:40
2 Mpilo Zondi 15:22
3 Mthobisi Cele 15:44
4 Alan Houston 15:44
5 Anders Hart 16:15

Under-18
1 Mvelo Ngidi 16:15


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