ASKR (Norway): Sean Rice storms away to win 2nd title

Friday, 29 July 2011 18:53 | Written by  Peter Svensson,
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Sean Rice - ASKR champion for the second time Sean Rice - ASKR champion for the second time Credits: Peter Svensson
In beautiful Vesterålen, Norway, the Arctic Sea Kayak Race has been ongoing for a week with different activities. Today was the final day with the ICF World Cup Surfski race as the main event.
Last year's winner Sean Rice together with Dawid Mocke and Joep van Bakel was the favourites for todays race. Sean reported to be ill for some day and  had some concerns but he felt much better this morning.
Straight from the start Dawid Mocke, Sean Rice and Joep van Bakel paddlers took the top three positions.
Arctic Sea Kayak Race
...and they're off!

Arctic Sea Kayak Race
Mocke, van Bakel and Rice...

The start was really slow but after after a few kilometers Dawid tried to speed up a couple of times to test the others.
Just before the turning point, after 15 km, Joep van Bakel dropped off the bunch. Dawid and Sean stayed together for another  8 - 9 km but Sean noticed that Dawid had had a tough day, increased the speed and dropped Dawid about 6 km from the finish.
Dawid tried a different line to catch up with Sean, but today Sean was the strongest. He was ecstatic at the finis: his plan and tactics worked out perfectly.
Sean Rice
Sean Rice - powering to the finish

Dawid Mocke
Dawid Mocke hit the wall 6km from the finish...

Joep van Bakel
...but managed to stay ahead of a hard-charging Joep van Bakel

Summary Results

  1. Sean Rice 1.49.46
  2. Dawid Mocke 1.53.27
  3. Joep Van Bakel 1.53.51
  4. Gleb Greben 2.02.14
  5. Fredrik Ness 2.05.06

Full results up on soon

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