– via ICF, Sportscene, pics courtesy ICF, video courtesy SportScene
– The 42nd edition of the Amsterdam Waterland Marathon has been won by José Ramalho. In a time of 1.42.15 José was the first paddler to sprint across the finish line in a very compact race.
Right after the mass-start of 100 athletes it looked as if a small group of paddlers was going to escape from the rest of the field. But with this ‘classic style of marathon racing’ comes a very demanding course with different water conditions.
The narrow channels after the second portage gave the pursuing group a chance to catch up with the leading group of the race. This made the race exciting and close all the way to the end as the winner had to be decided in the last kilometers of the race.
It was the last 500 meters of the 23 km course that fourteen paddlers sprinted for the final victory. Portugese José Ramalho that won the sprint of four Spanish rivals Emilio Merchan, David Rodriquez, Ivan Alonso and Alexandro Sanchez.
Portugal and Spain that now take home the top 5 points for the ICF Classic Canoe Marathon ranking. Belgian athlete Dries Corrijn finished in 6th place , an excellent performance of Dries in this though world class race!
The first Dutch athlete to finish was Viking member Bram Brandjes, just in front of last years winner Joep van Bakel. With this victory over last years winner Bram Brandjes has claimed the Dutch marathon championship title.
A look at the results shows that it has been a very close race with fourteen athletes finishing within a minute from winner José Ramalho, these statistics show the excellence of the competitors that fought for this year’s honor of winning the Amsterdam Waterland Marathon.
The organization of the Amsterdam Waterland Marathon looks back at the 42nd edition with great pride. The ‘old style’ of racing attracts paddlers from all over Europe. This 42nd edition of our classic marathon race yet again attracted a larger number of paddlers than previous editions. The enthusiasm of all competitors joining our race gives us great confidence in the future of the Waterland Marathon and classic marathon racing in general.
The organization of this event has been made possible by the royal support of our volunteers and sponsors Foundation techniques ‘ de Coogh’ www.decoogh.com, Canoe Centre Arjan Bloem www.kajak.nl and Nelo Kayaks http://www.mar-kayaks.pt.
More pictures, results and videos can be found on www.amsterdamcanoemarathon.com