K2 Racing Drama Brings Down Curtain at World Champs

A final day dogged by drama and disappointment for Team South Africa in the senior K2 races brought down the curtain on the 2019 ICF Canoe Marathon World Championships in Shaoxing, China on Sunday, 20 October 2019.

The day started with the crews of Bridgitte Hartley and Christie Mackenzie, and Kyeta Purchase and Jenna Ward both started strongly in a race dominated by the Hungarian and Spanish crews.

Ward and Purchase were in the front bunch for much of the race and were unable to keep up with the intensity in the closing stages. They fell off the lead bunch and joined Hartley and Mackenzie in the chasing pack.

Hartley and Mackenzie were sharper on the vital last portage and finished fourth, while Ward and Purchase ended in sixth place.

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Summary of Results – ICF Canoe Marathon World Championships Day Three:
K2:
1.Zsofia Czellai-Voros/Renata Csay HUN 1:56:30.22
2.Tania Fernandez/Tania Alvarez ESP 1:56:33.99
3.Irati Osa/Arantza Toledo ESP 1:56:56.72
4.Bridgitte Hartley/Christie Mackenzie RSA 1:58:00.57
5.Vanda Kiszli/Noemi Pupp HUN 1:58:08.55
6.Jenna Ward/Kyeta Purchase RSA 1:58:12.98
7.Amelie Kessler/Yseline Huet FRA 1:58:42.96
8.Gaia Piazza/Teresa Isotta ITA 2:04:37.57
9.Rebecca Mann/Hannah Scott AUS 2:04:49.13
10.Xiaolan Gou/Han Jiang CHN 2:05:25.34

 

Photo 1 Caption: It was a solid performance from Christie Mackenzie (right) and Bridgitte Hartley (left) as they finished fourth in the K2 race at the 2019 ICF Canoe Marathon World Championships in Shaoxing, China on Sunday, 20 October 2019. Bence Vekassy/Gameplan Media

Photo 2 Caption: Jenna Ward (front) and Kyeta Purchase (back) had to settle for sixth place after being in the medal mix for most of the K2 race at the 2019 ICF Canoe Marathon World Championships in Shaoxing, China on Sunday, 20 October 2019. Bence Vekassy/Gameplan Media

 

With editing by gsport

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