2010 Wildwater World Championships – Day 5

The Australian Wildwater Team confirmed their position as one of the best teams in the World today, following outstanding results in the Classic Teams and Rapid Sprint Teams events at the 2010 Wildwater World Championships in Sort, Spain. Racing on new rapid sprint and classic courses due to continued high water, competitors enjoyed the sun and simply getting back on the water to race after two days of sitting in the rain with competition postponed. Although less technical than the original courses, fast flowing water and large waves still provided challenges for competitors.


The Rapid Sprint team of Dan Hall, Ben Maynard and Stewart Bennett finished 5th in the Rapid Sprint Teams race after holding 4th place after first runs. This result was a huge improvement on their 9th placing in 2008.


The Classic Team race was held late today after having been postponed for two days due to flooding, resulting in two championship races on the same day for many paddlers. The team of Stewart Bennett, Ben Maynard and Matt Dalziel again finished 5th, but closing the gap on the leaders and staying ahead of strong rivals Italy, Austria and Great Britain.


Australia continued itÕs good day on the water in the World Masters event. Matt Dalziel  (aged a youthful 38) won the MenÕs Masters (35-44 years) with the fastest time of the day, while Andrea McQuitty won the WomenÕs (45-54 years) and had the second fastest womenÕs time overall. The large Masters field with 60 competitors from 12 nations showed the strength of the sport for all ages.


The Wildwater World Championships will conclude tomorrow with the Rapid Sprint race.


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