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Van Tonder heads SA quartet at Sprint Worlds

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Headed by Esti van Tonder, a team of four South African sprinters are in action at the 2017 ICF Canoe Sprint World Championships in Račice, Czech Republic.

The competition swings into action on Thursday and carries through to Sunday.

Last year there were no sprint world championships due to the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, but there are a few campaigners still around from South Africa’s world championships efforts in Milan, Italy, two years ago.

Van Tonder took part at the World Champs in Milan, and the Pretoria-based racer will be taking part in both the K1 200m and the K1 500m races, with her heats on Thursday and Friday morning.

Cape-based Chrisjan Coetzee is the other paddler with experience from the 2015 world championships, and will be focusing specifically on the 200m K1 race at this year’s international showpiece.

The two other members of the squad are no strangers competing for South Africa, but will get their first taste of a senior sprint world championships.

Surfski ace Sean Rice will be doing battle in the longer distance events, namely the K1 1000m and the K1 5000m.

The latter event sees over 30 paddlers lining up for a one-time shot at glory, as opposed to other events that require heats, semi-finals and then a final.

Young Stuart Bristow will be making his senior sprint world championships debut this weekend. Bristow has come through the ranks, having taken part in both the 2015 and 2016 Junior and U23 World Championships.

He’ll will have his work cut out for him as he takes aim at the 500m K1 men’s heats on Friday. This race will be his sole focus during the world championships.

Picture of Van Tonder courtesy of Anthony Grote/Gameplan Media



SA paddlers’ heat schedule (SA time)

Thursday
Esti van Tonder (500m K1 – 9:00am); Sean Rice (1000m K1 – 9:49am)

Friday
Van Tonder (200m K1 – 9:48); Chrisjan Coetzee (200m K1 – 10:13am); Stuart Bristow (500m K1 – 11:44)

Sunday
Sean Rice (5000m K1 – 15:40)

 


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