Date: 6 November 2012
Subject: The Unlimited International paddlers impress in the Vaal Canoe Marathon
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One second separated the first three boats across the finish line of the 2012 edition of The Vaal Canoe Marathon held yesterday (Sunday).
The two day K2 (doubles) marathon was held in near perfect conditions on the Vaal river.
The Unlimited Czech crew, Jakub Adam and Michael Odvarko, continued improving their placing on the South African circuit in their build up for The Unlimited Dusi in February.
“We are very pleased to have our first podium finish in South Africa today” said a happy Adam.
The pair finished less than a second behind the eventual winning pairing of Len Jenkins and Brandon van der Walt and Ant Stott and Cam Schoeman (who finished second).
The two day race went down to the line in what can best be described as one of South Africa’s only genuine canoe marathons.
“For us it was good to be on the river the whole day instead of running through the bush with these crazy South African paddlers” said Adam.
“We race again next week in The Unlimited Ozzie Gladwin, at Albert Falls in KZN, and this is the first Dusi type race” he said.
The last word went to multiple Dusi winner and previous World Champion, Ant Stott. “I can tell you that these guys have really impressed us SA paddlers. They are getting better and better all the time. The Ozzie will be a great tester for them. I pip them for a possible podium finish next weekend” he said.
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Caption: The Unlimited Czech paddlers, Jakub Adam and Michael Odvarko push to the finish at the 2012 Vaal River Canoe Marathon.
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The Unlimited Czech paddlers, Jakub Adam and Michael Odvarko push to the finish at the 2012 Vaal River Canoe Marathon.