Mackenzie Retains Dusi Lead on Day Two

by | Mar 20, 2021

Christie Mackenzie retained her lead in the MyLife Dusi Canoe Marathon on the tough 46km second stage on Friday, 19 March 2021, but in sharply contrasting fashion.

Mackenzie started the day with an eight minute lead, determined to minimise the mistakes that have cost her valuable minutes in previous Dusi’s, fully aware the chaser Jordan Peek is a skilled river paddler.

Click here to read the Day 1 2021 MyLife Dusi Canoe Marathon race result on gsport

She managed to stick to the plan until a double mishap straight after the Nqumeni Hill portage saw her capsize at Gumtree and Hippos rapids.

That cost her time, but she showed her maturity in staying calm and raced to the finish to preserve her overall lead, as Peek posted the day’s fastest women’s time.

“I manage to make it difficult for myself!” said Mackenzie.

“First I missed the take-out at the Nqumeni portage because I normally take the other route, and I had to stop and back track. Then two swims in ten minutes.

“But I am feeling more relaxed on the water now and more confident in my abilities. It’s all about keeping a calm head and getting through things when they happen,” she said.

The sheer distance on the medium level river, hot weather and afternoon wind on the day combined to make it a very tough day for the paddlers.

 

Results:
1.Christie Mackenzie 6:51:550
2.Jordan Peek 6:59:15
3.Bridgitte Hartley 7:19:57
4.Jenna Ward 7:24:59
5.Tracey Oellermann 7:34:36
6.Tamkia Gandar 7:40:56
7.Saskia Hockly 7:41:24
8.Cara Waud 7:52:09
9.Shannon Parker-Dennison 8:03:36
10.Hillary Bruss 8:06:19

 

Photo 1 Caption: Christie Mackenzie maintained her lead in the women’s race on the second day of the 2021 MyLife Dusi Canoe Marathon on Friday. Photo: Anthony Grote/Gameplan Media

 

With editing by gsport

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