Overnight leaders Abby Adie and Anna Adamová enjoyed an unchallenged second stage to claim the ladies’ title at the Hansa Fish River Canoe Marathon in Cradock on Saturday, 28 September, 2013.
The Adie and Adamová pairing showed a clean pair of blades to their chasers Robyn Kime and Bridgitte Hartley, as they cruised to a commanding victory, Adie’s second K2 victory in a row having claimed the 2011 women’s title with Hilary Pitchford.
The win was also the ideal 24th birthday gift to Adie. “I couldn’t have asked for a better present,” beamed Adie afterwards. “We managed to hang onto a good bunch of guys early on, and that really helped us.”
“This really was a special win because, coming into the race I thought it was one of the toughest fields I have ever had to compete against, and Anna and I were a new combination.
“Once we paddled together and saw just how well we sat together and combined, I knew we would go well though,” she added.
Adamová, who recently claimed a K2 bronze and K1 silver medal at the Marathon World Championships in Copenhagen, added gold to her repertoire – a memorable result for the Czech Republic competitor.
“The past two weeks have been amazing, I would probably rank both Worlds and Fish on the same level – they have been fantastic!” said an ecstatic Adamová. “Abby drove so well and she is also my Dusi partner, so I’m very happy to have started our partnership so well.”
Kime and Hartley eventually claimed silver with overnight fourth-placed duo Jenna Ward and Kerry Segal moving up one spot to claim the bronze medal and break Ward’s Fish fourth placed hoodoo.
The juniors girls race saw Jordan and Cana Peek claim the junior girls’ title ahead of Bianca Haw and Charlotte Lovemore in second, and the Sarah Harries/Jordan Taylor pairing for third.
After a fascinating mixed doubles contest, Cape Town’s Tom Schilperoort and Samantha Murray overcame a drama filled final stage to claim the title from Adie siblings Alex and Andrew.
“We managed to get ahead of Andrew and Alex at Marlow Chute but as we went over Cradock Weir, Sam’s paddle got stuck under us and we lost that which left us in a bit of a situation as we had a 50m lead, 5km to go and only one paddle!” explained Schilperoort comically.
“Fortunately someone threw us one at the bridge and we were able to put our heads down and go again to the end,” he added.
Leading Results for the 2013 Hansa Fish River Canoe Marathon: Open Women: 1. Abby Adie/Anna Adamova (CZE) 5:17.09 2. Robyn Kime/Bridgette Hartley 5:21.16 3. Jenna Ward/Kerry Segal (U23) 5:38.45 4. Hilary Pitchford/Brittany Petersen 5:42.41 5. Danica Bartho/Michelle Burn 5:43.02 6. Jordan Peek/Cana Peek (U18) 6:00.27 7. Robyn Henderson/Debbie Lewis 6:05.34 8. Kim van Gysen/Kirsten Gelderblom 6:08.08 9. Bianca Haw/Charlotte Lovemore (U18) 6:09.03 10. Kirstin Wessels/Janine Linder 6:11.09 U23 Women: 1. Jenna Ward/Kerry Segal 5:38.45 2. Candice Murray/Anna Notten 6:22.19 3. Jenna Starr/Julia Trodd 6:30.48 Junior Girls: 1. Jordan Peek/Cana Peek 6:00.27 2. Bianca Haw/Charlotte Lovemore 6:09.03 3. Sarah Harries/Jordan Taylor 6:16.24
(With editing by gsport)