Canoe Marathon World Games, Leverett and McGrath
Leverett racing at the World Games
Leverett and McGrath finished 7th & 9th respectively in the Marathon event at the World Games in Colombia and have kindly reported on each other's racing for AC.
The men's semi final was run in the morning. Mick was in semi final 2.
Mick had a good start and grabbed the 1st wash and broke away to a group of 3 after the 1st turn. Mick and the Hungarian broke away from the Portuguese paddler with 2 portages to go and cruised over the line together qualifying for the final.
After only 3 hours recovery Mick lined up for the final in a strong field. He found some difficulty in the early part of the race & just couldn't get back to the lead pack on such a tight course. Mick finished in 7th place. - Kate
Kate drew a very tough semi final in the morning with 1st, 2nd, 4th & 8th places from last years world championship. She had a great start start getting into the v-wash behind Renata Csay but made some tactical errors to lose the front pack of 4, keeping her under pressure to hold off a fast finishing Dane & Sweed to finish in the fastest 5 & qualify for the final.
In the afternoon, a very strong final 10 lined up. Kate again had a great start and after 2k was still in 4th but couldn't hold on and fell back to finish 9th. - Mick
Although Kate and Mick had a challenging travel itinerary, the World Games was a worthwhile race; both were competitive and gained much needed race experience for the upcoming World Championships in September.
There were 90 participants from around the world in the Canoe Marathon event, but the Hungarians showed their strength more than any other country. In the women's K1, Hungary took the lead, with Renata Csay in first place and Vanda Kiszli in second, followed by Anna Alberti of Italy in 3rd.
In the men's K1 Mate Petrovics of Hungary took the lead position, followed by Maria Alfredo (POR) and Joep Bakel (NED).
The C1 event saw a change of colours, with German Yul Oeltze in first, followed by another Hungarian and a Pole - Tamas Kiss and Bartosz Dubiak.
In the men's C2 on the second day of competition, Hungary powered to the front yet again. The team of Kover/Gyore took the lead, with Shemetylo/Shpak (UKR) in second and Amorim/Lacerda (POR) in third.
The Hungarians women's team Bara/Kolozsvarine won the women's K2, with Italians Cicali/Alberti and Morel/Le Sclotour of France taking the next two podium positions.
In the men's K2, the Hungarians took yet another gold; in the lead Noe/Noe, then Mladek/Jezek (CZE) and Rengel/Berberich (GER.)