Canoeing South Africa
17 May 2016
Written by: Nick Tatham
SA Paracanoeing World Champs bid underway in Germany
Durban – The international sprint season kicked off with the ICF
Paracanoeing World Championships which got underway in Duisburg, Germany on
Tuesday as South Africa’s Graham Paull and Jono Wing did battle with the
best in the world, each with an eye on qualification for the 2016 Paralympic
Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil later this year.
The pair took part in their heats on Tuesday with both qualifying for the
semi-finals of their respective races after Wing finished in fifth place in
his Men’s KL3 200m heat whilst Paull finished third in his Men’s KL1 200m
It was a difficult race for Paull who had to battle the elements but he was
satisfied with his semi-final qualification.
"The conditions are not the best as it is cold and windy but it's the same
for all the paddlers," he said. "I had a really bad start but was happy that
I could pull through in the end. I was a bit disappointed as I know I could
do have done better but that just means I have room for improvement in the
“I have trained hard for this World Champs and so I feel confident that I
can progress to the final which is the ultimate goal for me,” Paull
“If I can do well in the final then that will be great but for now I am just
glad that I have got the first race under the belt!”
With their heats behind them, the pair will hope their overnight rest and
preparation will stand them in good stead when they return to the water on
Wednesday for their respective semi-finals which see Paull in action at
10h50 (local time) before Wing’s semi-final takes place at 11h20.
As a finals berth in the men’s 200m KL1 would be all that Paull would need
to book a place in Team South Afrrica at the Rio de Janeiro showpiece,
Wednesday’s semi-final carries added importance.
“Getting into the final will take a lot of pressure off me!
“It has been a busy year for me on the water and to be able to cap it off
with a trip to Rio would be the perfect way to finish off the season.
“There is however still some serious racing to be done so I am fully focused
on Wednesday’s race!” a motivated Paull added.
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SUMMARY OF RESULTS – ICF Paracanoeing World
Championships – Duisburg, Germany
Men’s KL1 200m Heat 2
1.Xiaowei Yu (CHN) 51.06
2.Jakub Tokaraz (POL) 51.20
3.Graham Paull (RSA) 53.58
4.Tamas Juhasz (HUN) 57.30
5.Stefan Volkmann (GER) 57.39
Men’s KL3 200m Heat 5
1.Serhii Yemelianov (UKR) 41.51
2.Scott Martlew (NZL) 43.28
3.Kasper Sønderby Thomsen (DEN) 45.89
4.Janos Bencze (HUN) 46.65
5.Jono Wing (RSA) 47.40
5.Manish Kaurac (IND) 47.40
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The opening day of the 2016
ICF Paracanoeing World Championships in Duisburg, Germany on Tuesday
started well for South African star Graham Paull who qualified in third in
his Men's KL1 200m heat meaning that he qualifies for the semi-final on
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