Nelo Winter Challenge 2012 | Day 2 Report
Day 2 saw the semis and finals in the 200 mt, the front wind stayed up all day, but still fair conditions for high level racing.
It is great to have an event where the youth and juniors have a chance to go and warm up next to their idols, and even get their medals in front of them.
In the Ladies class , it was a “golden” podium with 3 athletes that will be aiming to be at the podium in London, and that have been collecting medals in the last few years in this event. This time around it was Marta Walczykiewicz POL (2nd in Szeged) that took gold in a close finish with Natasa Janic Douchev in 2nd and Teresa Portela in 3rd.
C1 200 was another good race, Ukraine won again the C1 200, in the first year it was Yuri Cheban this year his team mate Oleksandr Maksymchuk to take gold in front of Alfonso Benavides (3rd in Szeged) and Thomas Simart (2nd in Poznan) with Mathieu Goubel in 4th place, a great final and again an awesome field, with top 5 all coming in the same second.
K1 200 we had 3 finalists from Szeged, 1 Relay World Champion, 1 U23 European Champion, and a 3 times medalist in this event running this final, the result was obviously unexpected, but to have a 0,003 in between the first 2! Mark de Jonge CAN and Maxime Beaumont, left it all out there into the head wind to present us all with a great finish, where Mark “shooted” a bit better to the line to get gold. Ekaitz Saez was right up there with them to claim bronze in a close finish with the European U23 Champion Erik Svensson from Sweden.
Nelo presented gift vouchers to the overall winners (over 2500 Euros), and Bracsa and Jantex also presented paddles to the best overall.
This year winners of the Nelo Winter Challenge was Natasa Janic Douchev HUN, Mathieu Goubel FRA and Maxime Beaumont FRA.
This event also closed the Winter Series that gathers the best paddlers from this race and the International Race of Nord Pas de Calais, the winner was Maxime Beaumont from France that won a NELO boat and the runner ups were Marie Delattre and Thomas Simart that assured an entry to the Summer Challenge.