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Overnight underdogs take Fish 2019 titles
Cradock – Having trailed by just a second overnight, it was the pairs of
Stu Maclaren and Jasper Mocké and Jenna Ward and Kyeta Purchase claimed the
overall Hansa Fish River Canoe Marathon spoils after an enthralling second
and final stage on Saturday.
It was effectively going to be a sprint over the final 32km from Knutsford
to Cradock with both the men’s and women’s top two boats separated by a
Neither Mocké nor Maclaren had won the Fish before so it was going to be a
test of nerve up against a five-time K2 champion in Hank McGregor, however
in the final five kilometres it was the Western Cape pair who came up
trumps to claim the national K2 river championship
“This is an absolute dream come true for me,” a visibly emotional Maclaren
said. “I am about to tear up here! It’s just incredible. And to do it with
Jasper is even more special.
“I won my first major with him and it’s so cool to be able to put this one
under the belt as well.”
Mocké has finished second at the Fish with McGregor and to finally get that
monkey off his back and to win it against such a strong field was the
cherry on the top.
“You never want to win a face against competition that might not be that
strong and I think that that was so far from the case in this race,” Mocké
“Well done to Hank and Wayne they were incredibly strong over the two days
and luckily for us we took our moment today and we did well to do that but
they were super strong.
“Winning in front of the people here makes it so much more meaningful and
to do it in front of the paddling community is incredible.”
McGregor couldn’t add to his tally of Fish wins as he and partner Wayne
Jacobs settled for second spot while it was Jacques Theron and Bryan Leroux
who came home in third spot to claim the final podium place.
The women’s race was filled with just as much drama and intrigue and it was
also a straight shoot from start to finish for the win.
Overnight it seemed that Christie Mackenzie and Bridgitte Hartley were
going to be the stronger of the two, however it came down to Cradock Weir
and the pair Mackenzie and Hartley took a race-defining swim that saw them
Ward and Purchase just kept on chipping away at the more fancied pair and
they took their opportunity when it came which gave them a memorable win
and a second K2 win in a row for Ward.
“In the build-up Kyeta said that she thought that the race was going to
come down to Cradock Weir and I wasn’t sure but to be kept on our toes for
two days was really exciting!” Ward said.
“It just shows how strong women’s paddling is at the moment in South Africa
and hats off to Christie and Bridg who were so strong over the two days and
kept putting us under pressure.
“It was fantastic racing and we are just so glad to have kept it clean and
come out on top!”
The last time the pair paddled the Fish was Purchase’s first river race in
2015 and to have come away with a win four years later shows how well the
pair have developed over the years.
After a solid day on the first day, Nikki Birkett and Amy Peckett came home
in third place to wrap up the final podium position.
In the age group contests Hamish Mackenzie and Stewart Little won the men’s
Under 23 title while Tracey Oellermann and Sabina Lawrie were the strongest
Under 23 women’s crew in the race.
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SUMMARY OF RESULTS - 2019 HANSA FISH RIVER
1.Stuart Maclaren/Jasper Mocké 1:57:02 4:42:39
2.Hank McGregor/Wayne Jacobs 1:57:08 4:42:43
3.Jacques Theron/Bryan Leroux 1:57:30 4:45:06
4.Greg Louw/Phillip Smit 1:57:34 4:45:09
5.Simon van Gysen/Kenny Rice 2:00:06 4:46:57
6.Clinton Cook/Kiko Vega 1:59:23 4:48:52
7.Alan Houston/Lance Kime 2:00:03 4:49:35
8.Hamish Mackenzie/Stewart Little (U23) 1:59:44 4:51:27
9.Sbonelo Khwela/Thulani Mbanjwa 2:00:07 4:51:48
10.Ant Stott/Michael Arthur 2:00:47 4:53:30
1.Jenna Ward/Kyeta Purchase 2:07:50 5:10:15
2.Christie Mackenzie/Bridgitte Hartley 2:09:45 5:12:09
3.Nikki Birkett/Amy Peckett 2:20:49 5:31:24
4.Tracey Oellermann/Sabina Lawrie (U23) 2:20:23 5:38:05
5.Kim van Gysen/Alex Adie 2:29:28 5:51:54
6.Georgina Howard/Lizanne Conradie (U16) 2:30:24 5:54:56
7.Cayleigh Shaw/Fraces Forsyth (U18) 2:36:22 6:12:38
8.Tamara Sneyd/Hilary Bruss 2:39:37 6:14:55
9.Cara Waud/Shannon Parker-Dennison (U18) 2:34:03 6:21:11
10.Laila Maher/Hannah Bruni (U16) 2:37:51 6:25:06
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In what was
an exciting finish, the Euro Steel pair of Stu Maclaren (right) and Jasper
Mocké (left) claimed their maiden titles at the 2019 Hansa Fish
River Canoe Marathon on Saturday.
another exciting day of racing, Euro Steel pair of Jenna Ward (right) and
Kyeta Purchase (left) claimed the women's honours at the 2019 Hansa
Fish River Canoe Marathon on Saturday.
It was an
incredibly close day of racing throughout in the men's race on day two of
the 2019 Hansa Fish River Canoe Marathon on Saturday.
Steel pair of Stu Maclaren (front) and Jasper Mocké (back) powered home in
the last five kilometres to win the 2019 Hansa Fish River Canoe
Marathon on Saturday.
getting their noses ahead after Cradock Weir, Jenna Ward (front) and Kyeta
Purchase (back) put their heads down and powered home to win the
2019 Hansa Fish River Canoe Marathon on Saturday.
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