Non-Stop Dusi Canoe
Khwela wins ninth Non-Stop crown
Blue Lagoon – It was another Lovemore Brothers Non-Stop Dusi Canoe Marathon
masterclass from Sbonelo Khwela as he powered his way to an unprecedented
ninth ‘Dusi in a Day’ title at Blue Lagoon on Friday.
A surprisingly large field of over 35 boats set off at 05:30 this morning on
their way to Durban and it seemed like the K2’s were going to dominate
proceedings as they took the race by the scruff of the neck.
“Racing against the K2’s was something different because they were so strong
today,” the four-time K1 winner said.
“I am really chuffed that I managed to hold them off today, it was an
The first portion of the race was controlled by the young Change a Life crew
of Thabani Msiya and Banetse Nkhoesa, with Richard and Nhlanhla Cele also
making a push.
“I got a little bit worried at a stage because when I was at Finger Neck my
seconds said that I was four minutes and 10 seconds behind the leaders!”
“I did panic a little bit and asked myself if I would be able to catch the
guys but it is a long day and I knew that anything could happen.
“From there I kept a constant speed and remained focused and I managed to
catch them. That focus really paid off for me.”
Slowly but surely Red Bull/Euro Steel’s Khwela ground down the lead and
after the Nqumeni portage he and the K2 boat of Msiya and Nkhoesa took
One might have expected Khwela to dominate from this stage, however the K2
held on and they seemed to make the most of the company throughout the rest
of the race. There was an interesting dice that developed to Inanda Dam with
the lead changing hands fairly regularly.
The race was going to boil down to the infamous Burma Road portage and
Khwela managed to get himself a little gap over the K2 and put in the
otherside with a straight shot into Durban.
It seemed that it was going to be a formality, however Msiya and Nkhoesa
didn’t give up and pushed the 2019 FNB Dusi Canoe Marathon runner-up all the
way to the finish line.
Eventually Khwela managed to get the win by just over a minute, one of the
closest finishes in recent times.
“I will definitely be back next year for a shot at winning my tenth!” Khwela
Coming home in third was the K2 boat of Mpilo Zondi and Mthobisi Cele.
The pair were the first boat across the line in 2017, but had to settle for
third place on the day.
Martin Dreyer's Change a Life Academy dominated the top five with ambassador
Khwela, former member Richard Cele amongst the current squad of Nkhoesa,
Msiya, Mthobisi Cele, Mpilo Zondi, Nhlanhla Cele and Sipho Canham.
Summary of Results - Lovemore Brothers Non-Stop Dusi Canoe Marathon
1.Sbonelo Khwela 8:17:07
2.Thabani Msiya/Banetse Nkhoesa 8:28:21
3.Mthobisi Cele/Mpilo Zondi (U23) 8:35:37
4.Richard Cele/Nhlanhla Cele 9:07:38
5.Sipho Canham 9:22:26
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It was a ninth Lovemore Brothers
Non-Stop Dusi Canoe Marathon title for Red Bull/Euro Steel's Sbonelo Khwela
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