Nelo Winter Challenge 2013 Report
Today took place in Montemor the Nelo Winter Challenge 2013, one more time over 4 continents, 18 countries, 600 paddlers joined in Portugal for the first race of the season.
First day saw the 2 km time trial for all classes, in the main categories:
- K1 Men, Pimenta POR with a solid 7.40 took the win, in front of Ilya Medveded RUS (same 1 and 2 as last year) and Silva POR link results
- K1 Women, Beata Mikolaszik POL 8.48 ( silver medalist from London in K2 500) took the win in front of Vera Sobetova RUS and Antonija Nadj SRB
- C1 Men, Mathieu Goubel FRA took the win, in the closest race of all the open classes, by just 3 seconds to Leonid Tish RUS and 3rd was also from RUS Dmitry Petrov.
Many others came down the line some famous some or other less famous, but all got an idea of where they stand leading to their preparation for bigger races later this year.
The sun came out for 2nd day and the 200 mt were on, as expected the level was high, and pointless to name all the great Olympic and World Champions that lined up in the different classes.
K1 Men: Arnaud Hybois (double World Champion K2 200) took a close win in front of a strong spanish presence with Carlos Arevalo, Isaac Toro and Saul Craviotto that took the 2nd, 3th and 4th, all in less than 0.13!
K1 Women: Natasa Douchev Janic does not require introductions she is a one of the best of all times, and she took one more win to her credit in Portugal in front of Sarah Guyot FRA and of the 18 year old Francisca Laia POR one of the good surprises of this first race of the year.
C1 Men: Andrii Kraitor RUS (European U23 champion) won in front of the great champion Maxim Opalev RUS and Alfonso Benavides ESP ( 4th C1 200 London 2012), in yet another close race.
The trademark of this race is the overall placing and for the 2nd time in a row it was Maxime Beaumont FRA ( 4th in London 2012 K1 200) that took the men’s crown, K1 Women a new winner Antonia Nadj SRB and C1 Men Dmitry Petrov RUS.
It was great to welcome all these paddlers in Portugal, and looking forward to the start of the season in May!
From the Nelo point of view is very rewarding to see the dimension this race has reached, and that our cooperation with the Portuguese Canoe Federation has been able to help our sport and Portugal to be the center of the world of canoeing for 2 days.
In a technical note the renewed C1 Quattro XL took the win with Mathieu Goubel in the 2K and with Andrii Kraitor in the 200 mt, so a GREAT start for this model!