South African paddling star Hamish Lovemore wins bronze medal in Hungary

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Leading marathon paddler Hamish Lovemore added a bronze medal at the world sprint championships to his list of accomplishments by finishing the ICF Under-23 men’s 5000m final in Szeged on Sunday.

Lovemore showed his solid form ahead of the next ICF Canoe Marathon World Championships with his result this weekend at the Junior and Under 23 Sprint Championships.

Hamish Lovemore misses gold satisfied with work

His target was the overall victory, but things didn’t quite pan out throughout the race, but he did well to finish on the podium and win a first men’s under-23 medal at the world sprint championships.

“I was a little disappointed but had to race,” Lovemore said.

“I missed the buoy on the third lap and had to spend all my energy to catch up but that’s how it is.

“It’s not the end of the season for me yet. I have two more big races and I will do what I love and run marathons in Portugal.

Lovemore’s performance brings down the championship curtain for the South African team.

It was a good week of racing for Lovemore who also raced in the 1000m A final in the under-23 category and finished eighth.

The race of the week has been a significant learning curve for the next generation of South African sprinters.

Hamish Lovemore Photo: Gameplan Media

Encouraging displays

Canoeing South Africa Chairman Kim Pople was encouraged by the team’s performance throughout the week’s action.

“I think the best thing about the team has been personal bests,” Pople said. “We may not have made it out of the waves, but for paddlers to achieve personal bests, that’s all we can ask for.

“Hamish raced in the A final of the 1000m, which is an Olympic discipline, and then finished with a bronze medal, which was a great way for the team to finish.

“We can’t wait for the World Championships next year and we can’t wait to come home with new ideas as we head into 2023.”

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