Andy Birkett and Matthew Fenn Dominate Day 2 of Dusi Canoe Marathon, Snuffing Out Rivals’ Hopes

Andy Birkett and Matthew Fenn Dominate Day 2 of Dusi Canoe Marathon, Snuffing Out Rivals’ Hopes

On Day 2 of the Dusi Canoe Marathon, a pivotal mistake by competitors Msawenkosi Mtolo and Sbonelo Khwela provided the opportunity for former world champion Andy Birkett and Matthew Fenn to seize control of the race.

The error at Gauging Weir set the stage for Birkett and Fenn to assert their dominance.

Birkett and Fenn’s Commanding Lead

Despite the initial setback, Birkett and Fenn showcased their prowess by extending their lead over the closing kilometers of Day 2.

This commanding performance positions them with a significant five-minute advantage heading into Day 3, creating a formidable challenge for their competitors to overcome.

Podium Battle and U23 Paddlers

The battle for the final podium spot remains intense, with Bongani Ntinga and Sandile Mtolo losing some ground to Banetse Nkhoesa and Siseko Ntondini.

The rivalry for the third position sets the stage for an intriguing competition on the upcoming day.

U23 paddlers Scott Little and Jeremy Maher are also in contention for a top-five finish, adding another layer of competition.

Women’s Race Dominance

In the women’s race, former champion Abby Solms and partner Jessica Behn continued their dominant run, adding another minute to their already substantial lead.

McGregor Duo’s Expected Lead

The mixed doubles race unfolds as expected, with Hank and Pippa McGregor substantially increasing their lead over Brad Boulle and Emma Hatfield.

The McGregor pair’s dominance in the sub veterans category further highlights their exceptional performance.

Birkett’s Confidence and Caution

Andy Birkett acknowledges the unpredictability of the race, emphasizing the need to stay focused and avoid mistakes.

Despite their strong position, Birkett remains cautious, recognizing that any significant error could alter the outcome.

The determination to maintain concentration underscores the challenges of the demanding competition.

Anticipation for the Final Stage

The stage includes potential challenges such as a portage around the Dam Wall and significant rapids.

Paddlers are expected to face a thrilling yet demanding conclusion to the marathon.

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