Canoeing South Africa Media Release

 No: CSA1837 04 Sept 2018

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Written by: Nick Tatham

SA Masters once again prove their worth at World Cup

Durban Ė The ICF Canoe Marathon Masters World Cup kicked off this weeksí marathon action in Vila de Prado and once again the strength of menís and womenís masters racing in South Africa came to the fore as the team bagged 24 medals over the two days of racing.

One the opening day, which hosted the K1 events, the South African team managed to win a total of 10 medals of which six were gold and four were silver.

Impressively for the South African contingent they only bagged golds and silvers on the opening day with Allan Hold taking home the first medal with a silver in the menís 65-69 K1 showdown.

In the menís 70-74 K1 race Brian Longley was far too strong for the rest of the field winning the race by just over two minutes. Radoslaw Olszewski was also in fine form in the C1 menís race for 55-59 year olds when he won by almost four minutes.

The South African team didnít have to wait for long into the afternoon session to bag their first medals with Nic Oldert and Theo Smit claiming first and second in the 60-64 menís K1 race. Pierre van der Merwe just missed out by three seconds from making it an all-South African podium.

Amy van Rooyen was the first lady to earn a medal when she won silver in the womenís 35-39 age category K1 race. Following her was Mary Burton who won the womenís 65-69 age group race by an impressive five minutes and 13 seconds.

The Berg River Canoe Marathon champion Graeme Solomon then took home his gold medal by just 0.43 seconds in the menís 45-49 age category. Wayne Jacobs then notched up South Africaís ninth medal on the day with silver in the menís 35-39 age category.

Rounding out the dayís action was current South African senior team star Jasper Mockťís older brother Dawid. Mockť, who is taking part in his first Masters Cup, won the menís 40-44 age category by an impressive 22 seconds.

Tuesdayís K2 action proved to be just as fruitful for the South African team as they managed to add another ten medals in the menís and womenís doubles events taking the teams tally to twenty medals before the popular mixed doubles events.

Colin Wilson and Nic Oldert got the ball rolling with a gold in the menís 55-59 age category when they fought off fellow South Africans Colin Simpkins and Ronald Pronk who had to settle for second.

Theo Smit and Pierre van der Merwe also won a gold medal, winning the menís 60-64 age category.

Johan van Rooyen and Vincent Buttrick won South Africaís first bronze medal with a third in the 70-74 age group.

In the ladies K2 action Debbie Gillett and Lyn Bennett won silver in the 35-39 age category and that was followed by another silver for Lis Hart and Romy Findlay in the 45-49 year oldís race.

These results were followed by two golds from Mary Burton and Elizabeth Russell and Caroline Henderson and Jacquelyn Buttom in the 55-59 and 60-64 age classifications respectively.

Radoslaw Olszewski grabbed another medal in the men's C2 race when he won gold and then the South African team won another two medals in the mixed racing.

Gavin Dundas-Starr and Lyn Bennett won silver in the 40-44 age group and Chris Visser and Caroline Henderson won bronze in the 55-59 mixed category.

The South African team start their ICF Canoe Marathon World Championship bid on Thursday, 6 September.

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Dawid Mockť poses with his first K1 ICF Canoe Marathon Masters World Cup gold medal. Supplied/
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Colin Wilson on the charge during his K2 race on Tuesday where he and partner Nicolas Oldert won the gold in the men's 55-59 age group. Supplied/
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Romy Findlay and Lis Hart celebrate their silver medal in the women's K2 45-49 age category race on Tuesday. Supplied/
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