Canadians paddle the distance at Marathon World Championships

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GYOR, HUNGARY – The Canadian Marathon Team went the distance at the ICF Canoe Marathon World Championships this past week in Gyor, Hungary. Doug Ellery of Toronto posted Canada’s top result with an eleventh place finish in the Senior Men’s C1. His race was 26.1 kilometres long and included six portages.

All of the athletes put forth a tremendous effort. Doug Ellery, Eric Ellery, Nick Robson, Fearghus Vincent and Ben Kendall had particularly respectable results and finished within contact of the leaders.

The Master’s Marathon World Cup preceded the World Marathon Championships at the same venue and Canadians won a total of seven medals in single and doubles events. For Master’s doubles, competitors are allowed to pair with an athlete from another country. A full compilation of results is shown below.

Next year’s World Marathon Championships and Masters Cup will take place in Brandenburg, from September 14 to 18, 2016. Events include Junior, U23, Senior and Masters in 5 year age groups starting at 35. Athletes interested in competing for a berth on the Canadian Marathon Team should consult the Selection Criteria and submit an expression of interest form found on CanoeKayak Canada’s website.

Summary of Results – World Championships

Athlete Event Result
Doug Ellery (Toronto, ON) Senior Men’s C1 (26.1km) 11th (2:24:16)
Nick Robson (Toronto, ON) U23 Men’s K1 (26.1km) 21st (1:57:03)
Mark Marschalko (Waverley, NS) Junior Men’s K1 (22.2km) 22nd (1:44:04)
Fearghus Vincent (Regina, SK) & Ben Kendall (Calgary, AB) Senior Men’s K2 (30km) 23rd (2:18:53)
Eric Ellery (Toronto, ON) U23 Men’s K1 (26.1km) 27th (2:04:36)
Michael Thomas (Coteau-du-Lac, QC) Senior Men’s K1 (30km) DNF
Richard MacDonald (Sainte-Marthe, QC) Senior Men’s K1 (30km) DNF


Summary of Results – Master’s World Cup

Athlete Event Result
Marian Nemic (Richmond Hill, ON) Master Men’s K1 (age 70-74) 18.3km 2nd (1:35:04)

Silver medal

Hugh Fisher (Whistler, BC)


Master Men’s K1 (age 60-64) 18.3km 2nd (1:27:29)

Silver medal

Rob Lang (Rothesay, NB)


Master Men’s K1 (age 60-64) 18.3km 3rd (1:27:45)

Bronze medal

Edit Fried (Pointe-Claire, QC)


Master Women’s K1 (age 45-49) 18.3km 3rd (1:45:46)

Bronze medal

Natalia Mokryakova (Halifax, NS)


Master Women’s K1 (age 55-59) 18.3km 4th (1:55:36)
Chris Helyar (Toronto, ON) Master Men’s C1 (age 60-64) 18.3km 6th (2:08:04)


Rob Lang (Rothesay, NB) & Hugh Fisher (Whistler, BC) Master Men’s K2 (age 60-64) 18.3km 1st (1:22:57)

Gold medal

Marian Nemic (Richmond Hill, ON) & Karel Suler (Czech Republic)


Master Men’s K2 (age 70-74) 18.3km 3rd (1:35:38)

Bronze medal

Chris Helyar (Toronto, ON) & Bruno Pieperbec (Germany) C2 Masters Men 55-59 age group (18.3km) 3rd (1:53:49)

Bronze medal

Edit Fried (Pointe-Claire, QC) & Andrea Nagy (Hungary) K2 Master Women (age 45-49)18.3km 3rd (1:38:32)

Bronze medal


Full World Championships Results

Master’s World Cup Results

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