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Renata Csay seems to have no limit after winning her
12th gold medal this morning at the Marathon World Championships with her
team-mate Ramóna Farkasdi. On a sunny morning in Rome, again the start was very strong by the
Hungarians, who clearly wanted to tighten the gap to avoid a pile-up of boats
going into the portage at the same time. Only the South African crew, Alexa
Cole and Eloise Van Gysen, seemed to be able to follow the terrific pace, but
were finally caught again by the onslaught behind.
Italians Stefenia Cicali and Anna Alberti were not in the trailing
group, but slowly started to come back. After two laps leaders Csay and
Farkasdi decided to wait for the main group and fellow Hungarians
Hagymási and Kiszli, perhaps due to team tactics.
The race was fought over the next few laps. At the fourth portage, when
a bad decision by the two South Africans split the race, both kayaks
tried to pull out of the portage on the same side crossing positions,
alas no one was able to recommence paddling.
The Hungarians and Italians then seized the opportunity given and
pushed very hard, deciding the medals. At the last portage, Csay and
Farkasdi broke away and crossed the finish line as world champions,
while Cicali and Alberti claimed silver and Hagymási and Kiszli took
From the start it was clear that this race would only be about Hungary
and Spain. The two Hungarian crews led the whole first lap, with the
both Spanish boats only a few seconds behind.
Lap after lap, the second Hungarians, Varga and Sarudi, started to lose
more and more distance from the leaders and at the half-way mark the
medals were decided.
Graña/Ferro (ESP) and Kövér/Györe (HUN) completed a quick portage, but
the Spanish were more skilful at the put out and managed to open up a
20-metre gap. They managed to keep their lead; Oscar Graña and Ramón
Ferro became new world champions. A few seconds later, Márton Kövér and
Attila Györe valiantly gained silver, bronze went to Campos and Manuel
At 12:30 it was time for the K2 Senior Men's race. Many good
partnerships and experienced specialists were at the starting line, but
surprisingly it was Simon van Gysen and Jasper Mocke (RSA), surfski
specialists in only their second marathon ever, who lead at first. With
lots of collisions between kayaks behind them, everybody had to paddle
the main favourites, Spanish Walter Bouzán and Álvaro F. Fiuza, as well
as Emilio Merchán and Iván Alonso, managed to get good positions. Hank
McGregor and Grant Van der Walt were not that lucky and remained at the
back of the 20-K2-pack. Frenchmen Romain and Marcaud, current European
champions, did not look comfortable at any moment. Hungarians Salga and
Ceiner were also pushing hard at the front. Many young crews were
showing case their best talent: Thele/Sletsjøe and Minde/Hamar (NOR),
the Noe brothers (HUN), Tye/West and Farrell/Simmons (GBR),
Borekx/Saelens (BEL) and Dal-Bo/Cáceres (ARG).
Arriving at the first portage, the two Spanish boats, Czechs Jakub
Adam/Michael Odvarko and South Africans Van Gysen/Mocke were in the lead
with a 50-metre gap.
Shortly after, drama came for the Czechs when they capsized as they got
their paddles stuck on cables on the starting pontoons. There is only
room for four boats on the pontoons; there was chaos when 8 to 10 boats
arrived. The two Spanish crews and Van Gysen/Mocke managed to stay in
the lead and they didn't let anyone close the gap, in fact expanding it
by ten seconds on every lap.
The chasing pace set by McGregor, Van der Walt and Argentinians
Dal-Bo/Cáceres slowed, they eventually got swallowed by the main pack.
Portages were then a mess, Broekx and Saelens fell in the water and lost
one paddle under the pontoon at the put out, Jonathan Tye swam after
being pushed from behind by another kayak, Ceiner (HUN) literally lost
where his K2 was at the start of the portage and his partner Salga ran
the whole portage alone until Ceiner arrived. A real mess.
Finally, everybody knew that the last portage would be exciting. The
two Spanish pairs attempted it leading. A great run by Van Gysen and
Mocke didn’t allow Merchán and Fiuza to break away. Bouzán and Fiuza
took a bit longer to arrive, but they did it. Everything was set up for a
Appearing at the last corner, just 300 metres from the finish line,
Merchán and Alonso were leading with Bouzán and Fiuza on their left
wash. Simon Van Gysen and Jasper Mocke couldn’t stand the pace and were
already 20 metres behind with no chance of getting anything but bronze. Merchán took a very wide line on the corner to approach the starting
pontoon leaving no room for Bouzán and Fiuza, who had to move to the
other side from behind. That space was seized by the leaders who
started to powerfully sprint so that the current world champions
So, Emilio Merchán and Iván Alonso claimed gold (Merchán for the fourth
time, Alonso's second after yesterday’s title in K1) and Walter
Bouzán/Álvaro F. Fiuza took silver. Impressive Van Gysen and Mocke
gained bronze in their first international marathon ever. 4th position
went to one of the main favourites at the start, Hank McGregor and Grant
Van der Walt, who couldn’t manage to come back after a bad start, and
5th went to Jakub Adam and Michael Odvarko (CZE); a great come back
after their capsize on the first lap.
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