Pietermaritzburg - After an impressive debut last year, Danish canoeist Martin
Friedrichsen’s hopes of a competitive 2020 K2 Dusi have been dashed after he
was involved in a serious car accident in his home country.
Friedrichsen was the first K2 finisher in the last Dusi, partnering local
paddler Trenton Lamble, and left invigorated by the experience and promising to
return for the 2020 K2 championship race with the Euro Steel team.
However, the Dane was seriously injured when he was involved in a car crash in
November caused by another vehicle swerving to avoid a deer on the road, and
According to his mother, Jane, his recovery has been slow but steady, but any
hopes of paddling the 2020 Dusi have been ruled out.
“Martin got a very powerful concussion with blood collections in the brain,”
“He suffered losses of short term memory, and suffered a stomach
injury, caused by the seat belt. His recovery will focus on his physical health
as well as the cognitive part of the brain.”
Lamble said he had managed to catch up with Friedrichsen earlier this week and
was happy to hear that the popular paddler is making good progress with his
“Martin has regained much of his short term memory and is starting to walk
without the aid of crutches, however he is very disappointed that he cannot
come to South Africa to race the Dusi in February,” said Lamble.
“The doctors believe he will make a full recovery, however this will take a few
“Despite his injuries, Martin remains typically upbeat and mentioned he will
just have to shift his focus to a K1 Dusi in 2021!” Lamble added.
The 2020 Dusi Canoe Marathon takes place for February 27-29, 2020.
Entry details and more information can be found at www.dusi.co.za