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Racing heated up yesterday in 30 degrees and sunshine for the first half of the Be the Influence - Tackle Binge Drinking Marathon National Championships and team selection. Held yesterday at the Ascot Kayak Club on the Swan River, the event was hosted by the Australian Canoeing Marathon Technical Committee and Canoeing WA. Further racing is occurring today, so stay tuned for updates.
In the Open Men's K1, the fastest time of the day went to Michael Leverett of Victoria, with a time of 2:15:14.37, followed by Trevor Murray (VIC, 2:18:39:46) and Josh Kippin (WA, 2:20:20:44), who was also the fastest in the Under 23s category. The Open and Under 23s men's course was 31.4km with 7 portages.
Leverett claims part of his success was due to his training group.
"I had a really good preparation with my training partners Kate, George & Dom from Footscray who were all paddling well, so we had a good group going with all members of the group winning their races at the Australian Titles."
The provisional results for the Open Women's K1 have Kate McGrath from Victoria in first place with a time of 2:10:42.05, on a 27.4km course with 6 portages. Kate was followed by Marlena Ahrens (VIC, 2:12:30.17) and Jenni Bateman (WA, 2:16:40.88). Rain Metsoja of Queensland won the Open Men's C1 in a time of 2:26:18.83, followed by Attila Kaplan (SA, 2:36:44.77).
McGrath agreed that the competition would be tough, but came through with the goods.
"There were a few girls in the start list that have represented Australia before and looked in good shape."
In the Junior events we saw Penny Young of Victoria take the win in the Women's K1, followed by Kayla Whinray and Bronwyn Martin.
Penny has had to fit her training in around completing year 12 at school, but was still happy with her preparation.
"I was looking forward to having a good race to finish off the summer before coming home and getting used to freezing winter sessions again."
The yougster's positive attitude and strategy paid off for a great race.
"I guess my strategy had really been to give the race the best go I could"
"I’m not the fastest sprinter, so I guess my ultimate aim was to make everyone else work hard too so I would have a little more of a chance in the final sprint!"
Logan Dutton was the leader in the Junior Men's K1, with Casey Haynes in second place and Jak Bain in third.
Competition was strong in the Masters & Veterans classes with over fifty competitors participating, as well as good representation in the under 10s to 16s age groups. This event was a selection race for the senior and junior Australian Marathon National Teams. Team announcements will be made shortly after today's racing.