Commercials Non-Stop Dusi Canoe
Young turks Mtolo and Msiya deny Khwela's Non-Stop Dusi milestone
Durban - Young turks Msawenkosi Mtolo and Thabani Msiya held their nerve to
win the 2020 Garden City Commercials Non-Stop Dusi Canoe Marathon on Friday,
in the process denying Sbonelo Khwela what would have been his tenth title
in the ultra-endurance paddling event.
The battle for ascendancy in the 'Dusi in a day' was a ding-dong one
throughout with the Under 23 FNB Change a Life Academy pair Mtolo and Msiya
fighting it out with the experienced crew of nine-time champion Sbonelo
Khwela and Banetse Nkhoesa.
Racing on full rivers an in near perfect, cool weather conditions, the two
crews traded places at the front of the race several times as mishaps befell
both crews at key stages of the race.
Through the early stages of the race it seemed that Red Bull/Euro Steel's
Khwela and Nkhoesa had control of proceedings and they were setting the pace
on the front of the race.
"We knew they were the crew to beat if we wanted to win this race. When we
saw emptying their boat at Hippo Rapid and I said to my partner 'This
is the time to catch them'", said Mtolo.
"They were so strong and they caught us and then ran away from us on the
second portage on Inanda dam," he added.
"We managed to catch them by the start of the Burma Road portage, and when
Banetse (Nkhoesa) started cramping, we knew that was our chance to take it."
With an exhausted Nkhoesa struggling, Khwela ran their K2 over the brutal
portage on his own, and waited patiently for his cramp-wracked partner to
rejoin him, as Mtolo and Msiya paddled away their maiden Non Stop Dusi
After a solid string of top five results in the Dusi and Non-Stop Dusi, both
acknowledged their win as the high point in their paddling careers, and paid
tribute to Martin Dreyer and the FNB Change A Life Academy for the
Khwela for his part was magnanimous in defeat, but said he had made a
mistake leading the front bunch over the Burma Road portage.
Their measured race plan was hamstrung by damaging their boat shooting
Thombi and Hippo Rapids, forcing their seconding crew to try and effect
running repairs on the two portages on Inanda dam.
They fought their way back into a controlling position until Nkhoesa's
cramps ended their title challenge on the brutal Burma Road portage.
"We should have paddled around Burma," said Khwela. "We ended up walking
almost the whole way over Burma. We should have gone around, taken it easy
at Island and Pumphouse. It would have been much faster.
Third went to the tenacious Under 23 crew of Jabulani Gwamanda and Mpilo
Zondi, just five minutes behind Khwela and Nkoesa.
In arguably the stand-out result of the day 'Dusi Duke' Martin Dreyer and
his wife Jeannie Dreyer finished in sixth overall and the first mixed double
"I have done a few of these and today was special," said Martin Dreyer. "The
conditions made it a lot more enjoyable than it could be. The water was
good. The company was good. Out support crew were out of the top drawer."
"This was a bucket list event for me," he wife Jeannie added. "It was just
spectacular, from the supporters on the banks, the water, the weather, it
was just superb."
Bruce Brauteseth was the first K1 finisher, ahead of Stuart Roberts, Derek
Stutterheim and Ric Whitton.
SUMMARY OF RESULTS - 2020 Garden City Commercials Non-Stop Dusi Canoe
1.Msawenkosi Mtolo/Thabani Msiya (U23) 8:17:15
2.Sbonelo Khwela/Banetse Nkhoesa 8:24:38
3.Jabulani Gwamanda/Mpilo Zondi (U23) 8:29:06
4.Richard Cele/Mfaniseni Nyambose 8:42:01
5.Shaun Dias/Konrad Karcz 9:01:23
6.Martin Dreyer/Jeannie Dreyer 9:09:38 (1st MD)
7.Jody Taylor/Duane Taylor 9:23:54
8.Bruce Brauteseth 9:39:10 (1st K1)
9.Stuart Roberts 9:48:53
10.Derek Stutterheim 9:48:55.
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Msawenkosi Mtolo and Thabani Msiya
celebrate their victory in the Garden City Commercials Non-Stop Dusi Canoe Marathon on
Msawenkosi Mtolo and Thabani Msiya
master Hippo Rapid in the mid-stages of the Garden City Commercials Non-Stop Dusi Canoe Marathon on
Friday en route to their maiden victory in the famous 'Dusi in a day'.
Sbonelo Khwela (front) and
Banetse Nkhoesa negotiate Mission Rapid during the Garden City Commercials Non-Stop Dusi Canoe Marathon on
Friday. Nkhoesa was denied a tenth victory in the tough race when he and
Nkhoesa finished second to Msawenkosi Mtolo and Thabani Msiya.
In the early morning light
Martin and Jeannie Dreyer take on Taxi Rapid on the Garden City Commercials Non-Stop Dusi Canoe Marathon on
Friday, heading for a sixth place finish overall.
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