Canoeing South Africa Media Release

 No: CSA1928

29 Aug 2019

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Written by: Dave Macleod

SA paddlers race to solid gold haul at African Games

Rabat - Team South Africaís canoeists continued their winning ways at the African Games on Thursday, adding a cleansweep of gold medals in all four finals they contested at the Dayet Erroumi regatta course outside Rabat to the gold and silver medal results from the first day of competition.

Esti Van Tonder blitzed her way into the womenís 500m K1 final to set the tone for the day, and then obliterated the womenís field in the decider to win the gold medal by ten seconds from Tunisian Khaoula Sassi.

London Olympic bronze medallist Bridgitte Hartley and her K2 partner Donna Hutton added the next title to the team haul when their emphatic final showing, earning them the gold medals ahead of the Tunisian pairing.

Hartley then stoked the womenís K4 that included Hutton, Nosipho Mthembu and Van Tonder to a comprehensive win, in what was Mthembuís first taste of international competition.

The menís K4 crew of Alex Masina, Chrisjan Coetzee, Louis Hattingh and Jarryd Gibson completed the gold medal clean sweep for Team SA on second day of the Africa Games paddling competition by impressively winning the Menís 500m K4 final.

On the opening day of the continental showpiece non Wednesday Louis Hattingh and Jarryd Gibson scooped the gold medals in the menís 100m K2 final, after Hatti8ngh had opened the SA paddlers account with a silver in the Menís 1000m K1 final.

WOMENíS 500m K1
1.Esti Van Tonder RSA 1:55:945
2.Khaoula Sassi TUN 2:05:932
3.Ahmed Samaa EGY 2:13:422

WOMENíS 500m K2
1.Bridgitte Hartley/Donna Hutton RSA 1:54:279
2. Khaoula Sassi/Alf Ben Ismail TUN 2:01:458
3.Farah Mohamed/Habiba Ahmed EGY 2:06:833

WOMENíS 500m K4
1.Bridgitte Hartley/Donna Hutton/Nosipho Mthembu/Esti Van Tonder RSA 1:4525
2. Samaa Ahmed/Farah Mohamed/Habiba Ahmed/Rawan Abouarram EGY 1:52:333
3.Zina Aboudalal/Layla Bouchir/Chamyas Guemra/Sela Khabot MAR 1:54:174

MENíS 500m K4
1.Alex Masina/Chrisjan Coetzee/Louis Hattingh/Jarryd Gibson RSA 1:26:142
2.Ali Ahmed/Momem Mahran/Ahmed Elbedwhy/Mahmoud Awad EGY 1:31:266
3.Samir Laquar/Abderrahmane Ouldkaddour/Abdelhamed Dellouli/Ayoud Handra ALG 1:31:353

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The South African men's 500m K4 crew (from front to back): Alex Masina, Chrisjan Coetzee, Louis Hattingh and Jarryd Gibson after they won the gold medal at the Africa Games in Rabat on Thursday.

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The Africa Games gold medal winning women's 500m K4 crew (from front to back): Bridgitte Hartley, Donna Hutton, Nosipho Mthembu, Esti van Tonder after their win in Rabat on Thursday.

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