The Amsterdam Waterland kayak and canoe Marathon celebrated its 49th edition this year, with the event attracting top paddlers from around the world. The senior men’s race was particularly exciting, with the breakaway happening after only 1 km right after the start, and the top racers maintaining a fast pace throughout the 24 km course.
In the endsprint, South African Hamish Lovemore emerged as the winner. As he announced before the race, if he would win it had to become a endsprint. They completed the race in an impressive time of 1 hour, 37 minutes, and 45.90 seconds, staying above theset track record. Lovemore led a close pack that included British James Russel, French Jeremy Candy, and Quentin Urban. Ultimately, Russel and Candy finished second and third, respectively, with Urban taking fourth place.
The senior women’s race saw Hungarian Panna Krisztina Sinko take first place with a time of 1 hour, 53 minutes, and 34 seconds. Basque paddler Irati Osa Irureta took second place with a time of 1 hour, 53 minutes, and 47 seconds, while Hungarian Zsófia Czéliai-Vörös finished third with a time of 1 hour, 55 minutes, and 1 seconds even after a unfortunate second portage where she fell in the water after trying to board the boat too swift.
In the masters men’s race, Torben Thomsen of the Aarhus Å Kajakklub came in first, completing the course in a time of 1 hour, 49 minutes, and 25 seconds. Dries Corrijn of KCCG took second place, with a time of 1 hour, 49 minutes, and 27 seconds, while Klaus Gieres finished third with a time of 1 hour, 49 minutes, and 35 seconds.
The junior men’s race saw Ben Higgins from the Salmon Leap canoe club take first place with a time of 1 hour 48 minutes and 2 seconds. In the junior women’s race, Italian paddler Beatrice Candela five minutes ahead of Hjördis Sommer and Nina Callebaut.
Overall, the Amsterdam Waterland kayak and canoe Marathon was a thrilling event, with top paddlers from around the world showcasing their skills and pushing themselves to their limits. Being challenged by the sudden change of weather, with a sunny morning but cold and rainy afternoon we can only have respect for all paddlers that made the finish line. Congratulations to all the winners and participants.
The 49th Amsterdam Waterland Marathon is gearing up to be a thrilling event, with a strong field of competitors set to take on the challenge. Athletes from around the world have been preparing for this event, and expectations are high for some fast times.
In the senior men category, there are a number of top contenders, including Jeremy Candy, Quentin Urban, and Hamish Lovemore. Jeremy Candy has tipped Hamish as the top favorite as he witnessed great strength in their training of last week.
Adding to the excitement, the weather conditions are predicted to be record-breaking, with low winds and moderate temperatures. This could potentially lead to some incredibly fast times, so the top athletes will be pushing themselves to the limit in order to beat the track record of 1:38:11.17 set Mads Brandt Pedersen.
In the senior women’s category, the favorite is undoubtedly Zsófia Czéliai-Vörös, the winner of the last edition of the Amsterdam Waterland Marathon. However, she will face strong competition from Anne-Sofie Winther, Lisa Gras, and Cathrine Rask, all of whom have been training hard in preparation for the race and have a high reputation.
As the athletes prepare to take on the challenge of the Amsterdam Waterland Marathon, the excitement is in the air. With a strong field of competitors and record-breaking weather conditions, this promises to be an unforgettable event for both athletes and spectators alike.