Khwela makes intentions clear ahead of Dusi

Canoe stock image. Image courtesy of Stock.xchng

Canoe stock image. Image courtesy of Stock.xchng

Sbonelo Khwela bagged two wins in key Dusi Canoe Marathon seeding races at the weekend ahead of the main race in Pietermariztburg later this month.

Khwela grabbed overall honours in the TWK Dash ‘n Crash race on Saturday which takes in the first eight kilometres of the Dusi course, before winning Sunday’s Campbell’s Farm to Dusi Bridge race which covers part of the Dusi route.

Having won his first Dusi title last year, in the K2 race with Andy Birkett, Khwela would be out to clinch the Dusi K1 title taking place from Camps Drift in Pietermaritzburg to Blue Lagoon in Durban from February 19-21.

In the TWK Dash ‘n Crash K1 race, Khwela was locked in a tussle with defending Dusi K1 champion Lance Kime and the duo entered the tight Musson’s Weir rapid side by side. Kime got entangled in vegetation in the exit, paving the way for Khwela to scamper away to the finish line less than a kilometre away and claim the win.

On Sunday a big field of Dusi hopefuls took advantage of the Henley Dam water release from the day before to race the Campbell’s Farm to Dusi Bridge race, which was a good pre-Dusi form indicator as it included hallmark portages and some technical river sections.

Khwela managed to hold off Thulani Mbanjwa, a potential Dusi champion, to claim his second scalp of the weekend.

The racing on the weekend did not include five times World Marathon Champion Hank McGregor or four times Dusi Champ Birkett who opted to skip these races.

On the women’s front, Laura O’Donaghue showed how far advanced her Dusi training had come by also winning both races.

Mpilo Zondi took the TWK Dash ‘n Crash K1 junior’s race ahead of Michaelhouse’s Alan Houston while Msawenkosi Mtolo took the under-18 honours in Sunday’s longer race with Houston again runner-up.




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