South African paddlers wrapped up Sunday’s third and final day of competition at the Sprint World Cup in Duisberg, Germany with a second, fifth and 21st spot.
London Olympics bronze medallist, Bridgitte Hartley and Louis Hattingh were the only SA competitors in action, Hattingh racing on two occasions.
Hartley was up first in the B final of the women’s K1 200-metre event and she was only beaten by Bellarussian paddler Volha Khudzenka who clocked 43.134sec to Hartley’s 43.369.
Hattingh then went off in the men’s 500m C Final where he was seventh after the halfway mark (51.19) before a ger second half saw him end fifth in a race won by Slovakian Peter Gelle in 1:41.879. Hattingh clocked 1:44.212.
Less than an hour later, Hattingh was out on the water again in the one-off men’s K1 5000m race.
He ended a credible 21st of 42 entered boats in a time of 21min 27.729sec. It must be noted though that all the paddlers ahead of him were older, with more years of experience than 20-year-old Hattingh, pictured above.
The race was won by Aussie Kenny Wallace in 19:14.043.
Said team manager Craig Mustard: ‘Bridgitte had a very good start in her final. There’s no doubt she has come away from these two World Cups a lot more positive and consistent than last year.
‘After Louis’s C final where he finished fifth he was in a very competitive 5000m. And, yes a look at the dates of birth of the finishers ahead of him you can see the years they have on him.
‘We now all head back home for the world championships selection regatta that will be raced on the 13-14 June at Nagle Dam, KwaZulu-Natal.
Source : South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee