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[From the Sunshine Gold Coast Daily by Steve Zemek]

JEREMY Cotter and Ben Allen have been neck and neck throughout the Australian Ocean Racing Series, and yesterday’s King of the Coast was no different.

Gold Coast-based Cotter took yesterday’s race, the seventh leg of the AOR series, by one second in front of Burnside’s Allen in a thrilling sprint finish.

Cotter controlled the early going of the Moffat Beach to Mooloolaba race, opening a 70m gap over Allen as the pack rounded Point Cartwright.

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However, as they entered the Mooloolah River mouth, Allen closed the gap and the two went stroke for stroke through the Moololaba Marina until Cotter finally touched the bank one metre in front of his rival.

Cotter completed the 16km race in one hour, eight minutes and nine seconds for his second win of the series, leaving him one victory behind Allen.

“I had a big lead the whole way. I knew that Ben was going to charge coming into the flat,” Cotter said.

“I was hurting and I thought, ‘I’ll just try to control it. If he comes up to me I’ll try to sprint then’. That’s how it worked out, so it’s been a good result.”

Cotter said his race went pretty much to plan, always intending to open up a big lead in the open seas and hold on for victory in front of noted sprinter Allen.

“I left something in reserve. I knew he was coming. There was no point losing it early and getting flogged at the end,” he said.

“I didn’t want it to be that close but it worked out how I planned, in the end.”

Allen paid credit to his winning rival.

“We’ve been neck and neck for the whole season so far,” he said.

“We’ve had four races where it’s been a sprint finish to the end, so it’s sort of to be expected. He just had the better of me today.”

Beijing Olympics gold medallist Ken Wallace finishing third and backed up to win the Dash for Cash.

In the women’s event, Maroochydore’s Alyce Burnett won in 1:23.11 ahead of Hailey McGinty and Chantelle Ellis. Alexandra Head

land’s Danielle Allen and Noosa’s Hayley Lemarseny warmed up for Saturday’s Coolangatta Gold with wins in the female under-20s’ footcraft and female under-20s’ paddle respectively.


Results from yesterday’s King of the Coast.

Open Men’s: 1. Jeremy Cotter, 2. Ben Allen, 3. Ken Wallace

Open Women: 1. Alyce Burnett, 2. Hailey McGinty, 3. Chantelle Ellis

Dash For Cash: Ken Wallace

Female U20: Hayley Lemarseny

Male U20: Michael Booth

Male Over 40: Geoff Lemarseny

Male Over 50: Rod Taylor

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