Le Roux starts to ful­fil po­ten­tial with two golds in Tu­nis

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TEAM SA struck gold on the open­ing day of the African Ca­noe Sprint Cham­pi­onships in the Tu­nisian cap­i­tal, Tu­nis, on Thurs­day when they bagged two wins and two sec­ond-place fin­ishes.

Pi­eter­mar­itzburg teenager Bryan le Roux took the ju­nior men’s 1 000m K1 ti­tle by a com­fort­able seven sec­onds over Egyp­tian Karim Emad Ab­del­samie.

Le Roux claimed his sec­ond gold medal in the ju­nior men’s K2 1000m with un­der-16 Soweto school­boy Siyabonga Tyiki.

They man­aged to power away from the rest of the field and claim the gold by 15 sec­onds over a pair of Tu­nisian pad­dlers.

It was a ma­jor achieve­ment for Tyiki, who lives in the in­for­mal set­tle­ment of Mot­soaledi. The Bona High School stu­dent con­trib­uted to his school claim­ing the Gaut­eng Ca­noe Union School League this year af­ter reg­is­ter­ing the most points through­out the year.

This year, Tyiki and part­ner Jo­han Ub­bink took first place in the un­der-18 sec­tion of the SA K2 Cham­pi­onships at the Vaal River Ca­noe Marathon, sug­gest­ing the Soweto young­ster had a bright fu­ture in the sport.

The gold medals on the first day of com­pe­ti­tion were an added bonus for Le Roux, con­sid­er­ing his strong­est events were still to come. He could dou­ble his medals tally when he gets on the wa­ter for the 200m K1 and K2 events.

It had been a fairly quick rise for the young­ster who had been com­pet­ing in sprint ca­noe­ing for two years, fol­low­ing in his brother War­ren’s foot­steps.

He was in the top two in the coun­try in his age group and, af­ter a slightly dis­ap­point­ing show­ing at the Sprint World Cham­pi­onships this year, would be happy to be on form again at the African Champs.

In the se­nior K1 events, the South African con­tin­gent claimed medals in both their races, with un­der-23 Martin van den Bergh claim­ing sil­ver medal in the men’s K1 1 000m be­hind Tu­nisian Mo­hamed Ali Mra­bet. Mra­bet was tipped by man­ager Phillip van Ton­der as Van den Bergh’s stiffest com­pe­ti­tion and it was the ex­pe­ri­enced Tu­nisian who claimed the gold.

The other sil­ver medal was won by Luke Stow­man and Joseph Wil­liams in the men’s K2 1 000m race. They came in three sec­onds be­hind the Tu­nisian com­bi­na­tion and just ahead of the Al­ge­rian pair. – Sapa African Sprint Cham­pi­onships, day 1 re­sults: K1 Ju­nior Men 1 000m 1 Bryan le Roux 03:46.249 (SA), 2 Karim Emad Ab­del­samie 03:53.656 (Egy), 3 Yas­sine Bel­haj Mo­hamed 03:58.830 (Tun) K2 Men 1 000m 1 M Ali Mra­bet/Jasser Shell 03:23.039 (Tun), 2 Luke Stow­man/Joseph Wil­liams 03:26.304 (SA), 3 N Bagh­dadi/Anis Nouioua 03:27.815 (Alg) K1 Men 1000m 1 Mo­hamed Ali Mra­bet 03:36.187 (Tin), 2 Martin van den Bergh 03:39.135 (SA), 3 Awiwa Yan­nis 03:54.366 (Alg) K2 Ju­nior Men 1000m 1 Bryan le Roux/Siyabonga Tyiki 03:24.784 ( SA), 2 Iheb Bouaab­dal­lah/ Yas­sine Bel­haj Mo­hamed 03:39.163 (Tun), 3 Z Mo­hamed/Ali Has­san Ali 03:42.565 (Egy)

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