PRADO VILA VERDE, PORTUGAL (September 9, 2018) – The best Canoe Marathon paddlers in the world lined up this week for the 2018 ICF Canoe Marathon World Championships. Eight Canadian athletes took part in the competition that was held in Prado Vila Verde in Portugal from September 6 to 9. Nova Scotian Marlee MacIntosh won gold in the Junior Women’s C1 event.
“We are very proud of our new World Champion,” expressed Canoe Kayak Canada’s Marathon Committee member, Darryl Bohm. “Marlee had a close race with Portugal’s athlete Adrianna Antos. The two paddlers exchanged leads a few times over the 4 laps course of 11.8 km and Marlee finished first, becoming World Champion in this event!”
MacIntosh crossed the finish line with a fast time of 1:07:26,31 followed by Portugal and Ukraine. The last Canadian Junior athlete to have won a gold medal at a Marathon World Championships was Olympian Adam Van Koeverden at the 2000 Worlds held in Halifax, Nova-Scotia.
In the Junior Women’s K1 event, Canada was represented by Samantha Morse, also from Nova Scotia. She placed 25th in a time of 1:46 min on the 6 laps course of a distance of 19 km.
The U23 team completed their races on Saturday. Emma Mitchell of Manitoba and Michael Lanyon from British-Columbia squared up against a strong field of athletes in both the U23 women and men races. Mitchell placed 12th while Lanyon finished 22nd.
The Canadian Senior team concluded the competition on Saturday and Sunday. Maddy Mitchell (Manitoba) placed 8th in the Women’s C1 15.4 km with a time of 1:33 minutes. On the men’s side, Mateus Braga (Manitoba) and Florian Haskerkehrer (Manitoba) took part in the Men’s C2 26.2 km race where they placed 12th in a time of 2:16 minutes.
You can find all results on the International Canoe Federation Website.
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