Canoeing South Africa
22 May 2017
Strong start for SA sprinters in Europe
Durban – South African sprint paddlers Esti van Tonder and Chrisjan Coetzee
returned excellent results at the first ICF Canoe Sprint World Cup of the
season, signalling their hunger to assert themselves at the start of the
2020 Olympic qualification cycle.
Van Tonder was the stand-out paddler as she powered her way into the A Final
in 500m K1 event where she finished in eighth place. She also just missed
out on the 200m A Final where she finished fourth in the semi-final with
only the top three advancing.
“This is my first Olympic distance A-final on senior level,” a proud Van
Tonder mentioned. “It is definitely a nice milestone to have finally
“I think there are areas in my race that I am capable of executing better
already, and that’s what I will be focussing on in Szeged.”
Van Tonder’s performances in both her races is a testament to how hard she
has been working, as well as a showcase of her natural ability.
"I am happy with how all my races went and how I raced my own plan.
“I will now just take on the next World Cup in Szeged and try and achieve
those personal goals and targets I've set for myself,” a focused Van Tonder
On the men’s front, Chrisjan Coetzee also performed admirably by finishing
first in his 200m B Final, especially after having a horror start in his
“I am happy with my end result because when everything comes together I am
fast enough to compete with the top paddlers, but it's all about avoiding
any small problems at any point which I'll work on now.
"I missed the start and then had to play catch up in my semi-final and this
threw my race plan.
"I am looking forward to the Hungarian World Cup to try and reproduce a race
like my B final in Portugal,” Coetzee commented.
Team manager and coach Craig Mustard is upbeat heading into the second World
Cup this weekend in Hungary. He feels that both paddlers are in a good space
as they continue to improve with the World Championships coming up in
"Both athletes are really positive and excited for the next World Cup and
it's really good to see that are achieving their goal they have set for this
"This will be essential as we build toward the world championships later
this year," Mustard said.
The next ICF Canoe Sprint World Cup takes place in Szeged, Hungary this
coming weekend from 26-28 May.
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SA Sprint star Esti van Tonder
showed her worth at the recent ICF Canoe Sprint World Cup in Portugal
where she finished eighth in the 500m K1 A Final. Her and chrisjan Coetzee
will head to Hungary to take part in the second World Cup this weekend in
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