2016 FNB Dusi Canoe Marathon Press Release

 No: dusi1646

18 Feb 2016

Embargo: None

 Written by: Dave Macleod


Radio soundbites - FNB Dusi Canoe Marathon Day One


Voice report
The 42km first stage of the FNB Dusi Canoe Marathon started with a moment of high drama and ended with the pedigree crew of Andy Birkett and Lance Kime taking full control of the overall race.
Dave Macleod has more.

A few hundred metres from the start as the seeded A batch jockeyed down the Ernie Pearce weir, Birkett and Kime got away clean but co-leaders Hank McGregor and Jasper Mocké got entangled with Jen Jenkins and Siseko Ntondini who rammed them from behind, spinning out the 2014 World Champs. Birkett and Kime ground away in impressively and romped home without another boat in sight to claim the stage win just outside the record. McGregor and Mocké kept their cool and raced through the entire A batch to finish second three and a half minutes back, with an equally resurgent Sbonelo Khwela and Banetse Nkhoesa right on their wave. Jenkins and Ntondini were slapped with a two minute penalty for their part in the weir incident, which knocked them out of the top ten, a decision they are appealing. The womens race was totally dominated by the imperious paring of Abby Solms and Anna Koziskova, who have 14 minutes over game juniors Cana Peek and Kyeta Purchase
Dave Macleod Dusi bridge at the FNB Dusi Canoe Marathon

IN: A few hundred metres...
DUR: 56"
OUT:  at the FNB Dusi Canoe Marathon
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Interview - Overall leaders Andy Birkett and Lance Kime
A near flawless stage on the first leg of the FNB Dusi Canoe Marathon has left the crew of Andy Birkett and Lance Kime in full control of the race, having earned a three and a half minute buffer over Hank McGregor and Jasper Mocké. Birkett told Dave Macleod that they had been focussed on racing consistently.

IN: From the start...
DUR: 2:10"
OUT: but hopefully not.
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Interview - Sbonelo Khwela and Banetse Nkhoesa
The Shongweni dam pairing of Sbonelo Khwela and Banetse Nkhoesa popularly raced home in third place on the first stage of the FNB Dusi Canoe Marathon. It's something of a fairy tale result for Nkhoesa, who was the victim of a stabbing incident eight weeks ago that left him his serious shoulder muscle injuries and a punctured lung. His partner Sbonelo Khwela told Dave Macleod that he was astounded at how well Nkhoesa coped with the tough 42km stage.

IN: Today went according to...
DUR: 1:03"
OUT: coming into the finish.
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The 65th edition of the 120km adventure from Camps Drift, Pietermaritzburg to Blue Lagoon, Durban takes place from Thursday, 18 to Saturday, 20 February. More information can be found at www.dusi.co.za

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