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

ACA Names Chris Barlow As Sprint High Performance Manager

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The ACA is honored to announce that Chris Barlow has been named as the Sprint High-Performance Manager.

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Chris is a U.S. Olympian competing in Sprint Kayak in 1992 in the 1000m K4. He continues to race today in surf ski races and Sprint National Championships. However, his true passion is coaching athletes. He has been the Head Coach and Founder of the San Diego Canoe Kayak Team since its inception in 1996, but also has national and international coaching experience as the men's coach at the 2009 and 2011 Junior World Championships in Moscow and Brandenburg. Chris was named Head Coach of the USA Junior National Team for the 2010 Pan American Championships in Mexico City. Chris has been a Director with the Sprint Coaches Association since its formation in 2007. Chris is a certified Sprint Coach with the International Canoe Federation (ICF).

Chattajack--3:59:03

Cummins, Borgnes and Mims

Cummins, Borgnes and Mims

This one is in the books.  The 2017 running of the Chattajack will go down as one of the better editions to date, and not for idyllic conditions. As could be expected, weather played a major factor on the outcome.  Sunny, balmy 70-degree pre-race temperatures gave way to bone-chilling rain, wind and even some sleet.  The flow of the river was high, but when factoring the conditions tended to weed out many competitors. In total, thirty-one double-bladed competitors withdrew from the race.  For some, especially the more experienced, the flow despite the conditions likely enhanced their outcome, for others it proved to be more difficult to surmount. All told, several notable stories unfolded.

Poacher and Humberston Fresh As Daisies After Speeding To The Record

Poacher and Humberston Fresh As Daisies After Speeding To The Record

Elusive four-hour barrier falls--twice.

The first to blast through the threshold on the day was the tandem pair of Nate Humberston and Bruce Poacher.  Incredibly, rather than use a faster, skinnier double surfski, the duo opted to paddle the new Epic tandem sea kayak; absolutely lighting the course up on the wider boat.

Finishing time: 3:53:54

 

Iceman Only Smiles When It Dips Below Freezing

Iceman Only Smiles When It Dips Below Freezing

In the solo category, Borgnes proved that the third time is the charm after coming in at a very close 3:59:03.  As if cutting the time close didn’t create enough drama, he conceded a few gut-wrenching moments at the final sprint when the final buoy blew to his left just as he passed by.  Borgnes had to come to a complete stop, back up and redirect himself around the buoy with the clock ticking.  It was at this moment that I lost my voice. One more note: Borgnes completed the day on almost no water, no food and in shorts and a light top.  He stated that he “felt comfortable” throughout. This man clearly has ice running through his veins.  He is “the Iceman”. Eric Mims followed in second at 4:07:20 with Scott Cummins coming in with an impressive performance at 4:09:45.  Side note: first and third position both paddled the relatively new Mcgregor Classic boats.

Gismondi, Dismukes and Boteler

Gismondi, Dismukes and Boteler

Female Surfski Battle Royale

What happens when you place two elite athletes with Navy-Seal-Like-Never-Say-Die attitudes against each other?  You get a clash of the titans. Kata Dismukes and Pam Boteler fought through the elements for 32 miles, using all their focus, grit, tactics and resolve to come into the final sprint nose to nose.  Kata gained an edge approaching the buoy and hit the gas down the stretch.  This was the deepest threat to Kata’s longstanding reign here in the Tennessee Valley and it created an exciting climax on the day.  Pure girl power is a thing of beauty to behold and these two did not disappoint. Racing at it’s finest and congratulations to both. Julieta Gismondi followed in third.

Stroope, Schulte, Marsa

Stroope, Schulte, Marsa

Female Kayak Record Falls--And Then It Doesn’t.   

When first-time Chattajacker Salli O’Donnell approached the final sprint she was informed that she had 6 minutes on the fastest female kayak time.  Her time and placing were revoked, however, when another competitor complained that she had drafted out of category, resulting in a disqualification from the race.  The disqualification marks the first time any ski or kayak paddler has been disqualified from the Chattajack.  The record remains for now and Kimberly Schulte was moved to the top step of the podium in her place, with Myrlene Marsa and Susan Stroope in second and third respectively.

Self, Droppelman and Carter

Self, Droppelman and Carter

 

Male Kayak Record Set

With the new SS20 models entering the race en masse as well as the high flow of the river, it comes as no surprise that the Kayak record would be in jeopardy. Relative newcomer Lee Droppelman put the hammer down on the division from “go”.  Richard Carter fought tooth and nail with Droppelman to the finish, but in the end conceded 50 seconds to the new record-holder.  Finishing time--4:35:39. Russell Self in at third.

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Ross Sets Record On C-1

Top American Canoe Paddler Ian Ross set the record for C-1 with a time of 4:41:34. Ross's entry marks the first time an elite sprint boat was used on the Chattajack course. Although the time set is impressive, the turbulent water, wind and conditions he struggled against on the incredibly challenging C-1 emphasized the effort.  The difficulty of completing 32 miles in a high kneel cannot be overstated.

Tough day on the water for all the competitors.  Congratulations to all who weathered the storm.

 

Full results:   https://chattajack31.itsyourrace.com/results.aspx?id=8347