The 2017 ICF Masters World Cup kicked off in a sweltering Pietermaritzburg on Monday.
Australia opened our World Cup medal tally in the men’s C1 event where Rain Metsoja proved to be far too strong for the rest of the field when he powered away to an impressive victory. Roger French also paddled his way to a gold medal finish in his C1 event. Team Australia then followed with another two gold medals in the K1 events with Laura Lee (35-39) and Margi Bohm (55-59) taking out their events. Cathy Venning (40-44) fought a hard battle against South Africia’s Megan Kelly for silver, with less than a minute in it Cathy took out the bronze medal.
In tough tussle, a finish line sprint between Australian Michael Leverett and South African Graeme Solomon saw Michael just sneak out in front for a memorable victory.
“We had a great fight out on the water and I am happy that I was able to get the win in the end,” the Australian mentioned.
In the Paracanoe classes, Glenn Pyne took out the silver medal in his classification with Higinio Rivero (ESP) taking out the event.
After their gold medal wins on day 1; Rain and Roger backed up on day 2 to compete in the C2 event and paddled their way to their second gold medals for the World Cup.
The medal tally for the World Cup has Australia in second place behind the host country.
South Africa – 70
Australia – 11
Canada – 4
Congratulations to all our medalist and competitors for the Marathon Masters World Cup.