ICF Worlds: Hill Delivers--Repeats For The Title

Cory Hill

Cory Hill

Cory Hill put on a master class at the ICF World Championships in Hong Kong.  Hill took a flyer from leader Hank Mcgregor and the rest of the main pack about 2 Kilometers after the start. He took the hotspot and maintained the lead throughout the entire race.  Big conditions created a dynamic setting as competitors plowed forward through the headwinds to the turnaround at the nine pins sea stacks.

Once around Nine Pins the racers turned up the pace going blow for blow on the ripping downwind.

It was during the downwind that Hank Mcgregor heroically bridged back up and threatened Hill for the top spot--creating a nail-biting finish.  Hill maintained composure and kept up the relentless pressure, successfully staving off Mcgregor's threat.  Jasper Mocke was able to slot in at third, cooling off a surging Kenny Rice and displacing him on the podium in the final section.  Consolation for Kenny Rice as he finished the day in a respectable fourth place and newly crowned Under-23 World Champion.

Sean Rice in at fifth.

Jeremy Cotter sixth,

Matt Bouman Seventh,

Mackenzie Hynard eighth. 

Austin Kiefer finished as first American in tenth place. 



ICF Worlds: Nixon makes most of ocean race that became a marathon

Source:  https://www.canoeicf.com/news/nixon-makes-most-ocean-race-became-marathon

South Africa’s Hayley Nixon has broken through to become the third ICF Canoe Ocean Racing World Champion in as many races, mastering the flat conditions in Hong Kong to storm to an impressive title.

Nixon took the lead after the first turn and never looked back, firstly beating back the challenge from early race leader, Teneale Hatton of New Zealand, and then withstanding a late challenge from South African teammate, Michelle Burn.

“World champion – I think I’m going to cry. I’ve been waiting to hear that all my life. It sounds amazing,” Nixon said.

“I had to talk to myself quite a lot. There was never room for complacency. I was looking over my shoulder every 200 metres.

“I couldn’t be more proud. I’ve finished next to a previous World Champion, and Michelle Burn, who was almost a World Champion. I couldn’t be prouder, but I’m exhausted.”

The race turned into more of a marathon event than an ocean race, the flat still conditions in complete contrast to conditions in Hong Kong earlier in the week.

Nixon, who came to ocean racing from a rowing background, said although she would have preferred more challenging conditions, the flat water worked to her advantage.

“I think a lot of these girls come from surf lifesaving and big wave backgrounds, so they’re really lethal in the runs. That’s where they’re efficient.

“I’m really efficient when it’s long and hard. For me, the harder the better. That’s where I really get to thrive.”

She also attributed her strength in the water to her decade in rowing.

“I owe a lot of my conditioning and my engine to rowing,” she said.

“The training we did then was ruthless, it was smart, and it was ten years of pure conditioning.

“I’ve basically spent the past four years trying to paddle a ski, and mastering the downwind.”

The U23 world title went to Sweden’s Linnea Stensils, a World Cup 200 metre gold medallist earlier this year.

“I didn’t know when I crossed the finish line that I was first in the U23,” Stensils said.

“I need to improve my aerobic capacity so this is very good training for me. It’s been good for me, motivation for going out at home in the cold.

“I’ve done three ocean races, and all have them have been flat. Hopefully next time there will be some waves.”

The U18 title went to South Africa’s Sabina Lawrie.



  1. NIXON Hayley  (RSA)     1:55:25
  2. BURN Michelle (RSA)    1:55:41
  3. HATTON Teneale (NZL) 1:56:16 


  1. STENSILS Linnea (SWE)         2:00:51
  2. PURCHASE Kyeta (RSA)         2:04:17
  3. MARIE SAINTE Laury (FRA)  2:09:04 


  1. LAWRIE Sabina      (RSA)      2:05:25
  2. SINCLAIR Georgia (AUS)      2:06:13
  3. WOOD Zara           (RSA)       2:18:29

Pic by Graham Daniel

Ukraine's Trunov suspended for doping violation

Trunov, front--on four-year suspension

Trunov, front--on four-year suspension

The International Canoe Federation has announced the four-year suspension of Ukranian sprint paddler Igor Trunov following a positive drug test earlier this year.

Trunov returned the positive test during an in-competition test at the opening ICF Canoe Sprint World Cup event in Montemor-o-Velho, Portugal, in May.

As a result, Trunov and his teammates will be disqualified and will be required to return the gold medals they won in the K4 500 and K2 500 in Montemor, along with the K2 500 bronze medal they won in the second ICF World Cup in Szeged.

He will also be disqualified from the K1 200 metres and ordered to return the silver medal he won in Montemor.

Trunov returned an elevated testosterone reading, and after careful consideration by the ICF Doping Control Panel, a decision was taken to apply the full force of the law against the Ukranian.

“The International Canoe Federation is determined to wipe out cheating in our sport,” ICF President Jose Perurena said.

“There is no place for doping in any sport, and we will continue to take a strong stand until the message gets through to athletes; cheat and you will be caught, and you will suffer the consequences.

“We have so many tremendous athletes in canoeing, all clean and working hard to be the best they possibly can. We owe it to them, the fans and the sport to maintain our zero-tolerance of doping, and we make no apologies for cracking down hard on athletes who break the rules.”

Source:  https://www.canoeicf.com/news/ukraines-trunov-suspended-doping-violation