Hartley Romps to SA K1 Title to Lead Team SA to ICF Champs

Hartley Romps to SA K1 Title to Lead Team SA to ICF Champs

Bridgitte Hartley’s single-minded focus on marathon training saw her demolish the women’s field by eight minutes, to win K1 title at the SA Marathon Champs at Camps Drift in KwaZulu-Natal on Saturday.

Hartley’s win saw her secure a place in the national team for next month’s ICF World Marathon Champs, with Western Cape’s Melanie van Niekerk securing the second berth in the national team after finishing behind Hartley.

Kyeta Purchase also asserted herself impressively in her women’s’ Under-23 race and secured her place in the national team with runner up Kerry Segal.

The attention shifts to K2 racing on Sunday when the full programme of races cover aspirant paddlers from Under 8 Guppies to the Great Great Grand Masters vying for national titles and places in the national team to the World Champs in September.


Leading Results at the SA Marathon Canoe Championships, at Camps Drift in KwaZulu-Natal on Saturday, 12 August 2017:

Leading Women’s K1:
1. Bridgitte Hartley 2:02:28
2. Melanie van Niekerk 2:10:27
3. Nikki Russell 2:11:06
4. Hayley Nixon 2:20:21
5. Bianca Beavitt 2:20:54

U23 Women’s K1:
1. Kyeta Purchase 2:00:34
2. Kerry Segal 2:01:09
3. Donna Hutton 2:08:50
4. Morgan Ziervogel 2:09:25
5. Holly Spencer 2:09:29
6. Nokukhanya Shange 2:22:09
7. Asanda Ndlovu 2:31:15

U18 and U16 Girl’s K1:
1. Christie MacKenzie 1:39:12 U18
2. Caitlin MacKenzie 1:42:10 U16
3. Keegan Kieser 1:43:02 U18
4. Sabina Lawrie 1:43:59 U18
5. Katie Croudace 1:46:05 U18
6. Cayleigh Shaw 1:50:12 U16
7. Megan Oelofse 1:50:30 U16
8. Lisa Meyer 2:07:56 U18
9. Jessica Behrens 2:09:09 U16
10. Sinazo Mnqokoyi 2:16:17 U18

U14 Girl’s K1:
1. Lizanne Conradie 1:02:47 U14
2. Melonie Croeser 1:10:05 U14
3. Jo-Ane Prinsloo 1:10:23 U14
4. Nicole Abrahams 1:15:29 U14
5. Kamilah Hank 1:16:00 U14
6. Georgina Howard 1:16:22 U14
7. Sisanda Mthabela 1:19:51 U14
8. Nicqu-Linn August 1:22:47 U14
9. Jessica Erasmus 1:24:40 U14
10. Tinyiko Mahwayi 1:25:10 U14

More information can be found at www.canoesa.org.za


Photo 1 caption: Bridgitte Hartley romped to a comfortable victory in the women’s K1 race at the South African Canoe Marathon Championships Women’s at Camps Drift on Saturday. Photo: Louis Hattingh/Gameplan Media


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