About 570 paddlers took to the waters today at the Singapore Canoe Marathon 2010 which kicked off at the Marina Reservoir and saw its biggest turnout to date.
The annual Singapore Canoe Marathon saw Youth Olympic Games (YOG) hopefuls put on a good show with Temasek Secondary School’s Wang Nan Feng coming out on top in the K1 Junior Women’s category.
Speaking after her win and timing of 2hr 23.05, 16-year old Wang commented, “The National Team didn’t really get a chance to prepare for this as we have just come back from a training camp in Hungary so this was unexpected but a nice surprise.”
Wang will be attempting to qualify for the inaugural YOG where one female will represent Singapore in the K1 category. Her usual partner Chew Li Julienne from National Junior College had to settle for a 6th placing.
Hailed as one of the most exciting events for canoeing enthusiasts to gain competitive experience, the annual competition saw almost 600 participants vie for the top spots in 12 categories with distances of 22km, 27km and 36km. The Singapore Canoe Marathon is also known for its portage segment, where competitors in the C and K classes had to carry and run with their boats across a 80 to 100m stretch, and a new Masters category was introduced this year.
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