50 Miler win sets up Birkett and Zondi for 2014 Dusi

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Sbonelo Zondi (left) and Andy Birkett pulled off a stunning victory in the 50 Miler Canoe Marathon on the weekend, as they progress in their Dusi 2014 campaign. Pic and story: Dave McLeod Gameplan Media

Durban – Andy Birkett and Sbonelo Zondi fired a shot across the bows of serious Dusi title hopefuls with an emphatic victory in the 50 Miler Canoe Marathon, which covers two-thirds of the Dusi course but with a strong emphasis on paddling instead of portaging.

The combination, first cobbled together for their victory in last years Non Stop Dusi, is being widely billed as a Dusi Dream Team, but they have not showed all their cards in the current season until this weekend’s victory over a very strong Dusi field.

They took full advantage of a flurry of mishaps to befall the fancied crew of Hank McGregor and Jasper Mocké to post a three minute victory over former world champion Cam Schoeman and his Czech Republic partner Jakub Adam, with 2013 K1 Dusi champ Lance Kime and Thulani Mbanjwa sealing the last spot on the podium.

SUMMARY OF RESULTS
50 MILER CANOE MARATHON
1.Andy Birkett/Sbonelo Zondi 4:06:34
2.Cam Schoeman/Jakub Adam 4:10:20
3.Lance Kime/Thulani Mbanjwa 4:11:03
4.David Chaplin/Mark Mulder 4:20:15
5.Jacques Theron/Shaun Griffin 4:22:31
6.Siseko Ntondini/Thando Ngamlana 4:22:32
7.Murray Starr/Gavin Shuter 4:26:44
8.Ben Biggs/Karl Folscher 4:26:47
9.Josh Kippen/Andrew Adie 4:30:49
10.Kwanda Mhlope/Zonele Nzuza 4:32:55

Women
1.Abby Adie/Anna Adamová 4:40:12
2.Hillary Bruss/Alex Adie 4:47:35
3.Jenna/Ward/Kerry Segal 5:02:38
4.Debbie Germiquet/Carmen Donald 5:03;19
5.Jordan Peek/Brittany Petersen 5:05:45

More info can be found at www.50miler.co.za or www.canoesa.org.za