Five-time Olympian, twice for Australia, Martin Marinov added to Australia’s gold medal tally with a victory in the men’s 50+ sprint race at the ICF stand up paddling world championships in Qingdao, China, on Saturday.
It was an otherwise low-key day for the Australian squad after Michael Booth’s gold medal on the opening day of competition (see here: https://paddle.org.au/2019/10/26/world-champion-michael-booth-makes-icf-stand-up-paddling-history/ )
Ty Judson (NSW) is looking forward to a big finish in Sunday’s technical race to follow his fifth placing in the long distance event on Friday.
Judson missed the final of Saturday’s sprint event, and immediately turned his focus to Sunday’s finale.
“I got into the semis and felt stoked, but then missed a stroke at the start of the semi, and finished a couple of seconds outside of the top six,” Judson said.
“But that’s racing. I’m stoked to be here, it’s an amazing venue. Technical race tomorrow, I’m feeling good but a little bit sore from yesterday, but that’s all part of it and tomorrow will be good.”
The teenager had a good start to Friday’s long race, but came unstuck in the challenging conditions.
“Being able to deal with the wind, trying to navigate that was tricky,” he said.
“I did have a fall during the race, and that’s when the pack of three split from us, so I was a bit unfortunate, but that’s racing. I’m still happy to come in fifth.”
Jackson Maynard (QLD) also missed the sprint final, finishing 11th in his semi-final.
Australia’s canoe marathon paddler Reka Abraham (VIC) is making the most of her opportunity to compete at her first stand up paddling world championships, with three races so far and Sunday’s technical race still to come.
Abraham didn’t make Saturday’s sprint final, but came in ninth in the women’s inflatable SUP race.
“It’s a lot of fun, I’m really enjoying it, learning a lot of new skills,” she said.
“The development camp was also fun, the coaches were awesome, they really looked after us. I can’t wait to get to the beach tomorrow. I’ve practiced my starts, but not my turns, so that should be fun.”
Racing continues on Sunday with the Technical Races and with Michael Booth back in action.
Racing can be followed live via the ICF website: https://www.canoeicf.com
Or on the ICF Planet Canoe youtube channel here for the technical racesheats & semi-finals: https://youtu.be/UB-sgbu1T7Y
LONG DISTANCE OPEN MEN
- BOOTH Michael (AUS) 01:37:23.72
- HASULYO Bruno (HUN) 01:37:37.22
- HASULYO Daniel (HUN) 01:37:57.18
Rewatch the long-distance races here:
SPRINT MASTER MEN 50+
- MARINOV Martin (AUS) 00:00:59.62
- SACH Frithjof (GER) 00:01:03.88
- RAM Ofir (ISR) 00:01:04.65
Team Australia in Qingdao
Long Distance Open Men
- Michael Booth (NSW) – 1st
- Ty Judson (NSW) – 5th
- Lincoln Dews (QLD) – 8th
Sprint Open Men
- Ty Judson (NSW)
- Jackson Maynard (QLD)
Technical Open Men
- Jackson Maynard
- Michael Booth
- Lincoln Dews
- Ty Judson
Long Distance, Sprint & Technical Open Women
- Reka Abraham (VIC)
Inflatable SUP Men & Sprint Masters 50+
- Martin Marinov Sprint Masters 50+ – 1st
Schedule – 2019 ICF SUP world championships, Qingdao, China
Sunday, October 27 – Technical races (local time, AEDT +3hrs):
- 9.00 am – Heats technical races
- Afternoon – Semi finals, repechages and finals technical races
- 5.00 pm – Medal Ceremonies