Robertson - As entries for the Breede River Canoe Marathon on August 25-26 continue to arrive at the race headquarters following the extension of
the normal entry deadline, one K2 entry signals the return to competitive
canoeing for one of the sports former world champions, Shaun Rubenstein.
Rubenstein has entered with strong Port Elizabeth youngster Jordan Zeelie as
his partner, but fans of the sport will note that the entry signals a return to
paddling for the former Johannesburger, now living in Cape Town, who raced
sprints and flatwater marathons for South Africa with great distinction,
culminating in his dramatic K1 world title at the 2006 World Marathon
Championships in Tremolat in France.
“I am super amped to get back on a river and race a bit,” said Rubenstein ahead
of the two-day race from Robertson to Swellendam that will also double as the
national K2 river champs.
“I am not sure I am going to be challenging the leaderboard at all, but yes
I’ve been training a bit and actually quite enjoying being fit again,” he said.
Rubenstein, 34, was excited to have paired up with the strong Eastern
Cape youngster Zeelie for the 70km race.
“I got some young blood
pulling me along, which should help,” he quipped.
The Beijing Olympian and three times world marathon champs medallist
said that he was forced to do some of his conditioning off the water to fit in
with his busy work schedule, but felt that he would be ready for the popular
two stage race.
“Most of my training is done on my ergo at home as it’s hard to get on the
water in winter with work and family time constraints,” he said.
“I only get on the water on the weekends, so I honestly have no idea what I
will be like in the river again,” he joked.
They will race in the senior field against what is always a strong field,
spearheaded by the defending champions Stu MacLaren and Kenny Rice, and several
other elite racers preparing for the 2018 edition of the world marathon
championships in Portugal in September.
For Rubenstein, his focus will be far from the nervous anticipation for
competing for the global showcase podium but rather on enjoying the sport that
took him to the top of the world 12 years ago.
The 2018 Breede River Canoe Marathon takes place from Robertson to Kam'bati River
Resort outside Swellendam on August 25-26.
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