The 45th international Waterland Marathon in Amsterdam was the first marathon of the season for brothers Marcel and Sven Paufler and offered an informative comparison with the competition due to the high-class starting field. A total of more than 140 athletes from twelve nations were at the start. For the men, the course was 24 kilometres in total, with two portages to cover. We followed the competition with excitement and kept our fingers crossed for them. It helped.


In windy conditions, Marcel had a rather mixed start, but was able to position himself in the leading group of twelve boats during the first kilometres. Due to some intermediate sprints on the partly very narrow canal, this group split during the race and Marcel rode most of the time together with the Frenchman Quentin Urban in the first chasing group, only close behind the first three riders. Despite the high basic speed, it was unfortunately not possible to catch up with the leaders again, but in the end Marcel finished in a very good fifth place in a time of 1:38:23 hours. The winner was Sean Rice from South Africa in 1:36:52 hours, which was the new course record. Behind him, the reigning European champion Leonel Ramalho (Portugal) and last year's runner-up in the kayak double, Adrian Boros (Hungary), took second and third place. The complete list of results can be found here, as well as a video with a few impressions of the race.

Sven did not start due to illness, as the German Championships on the Ems in Rheine will take place in just under two weeks. These will also be the qualification for this year's European Championships in Portugal and World Championships in South Africa. In any case, we are ready and looking forward to it ...

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