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SA'S MCCANN MOTORS TO WORLD CHAMPS GOLD
Rio Olympian Kirsten McCann rowed her way into history on Friday, 29 September, as she became the first South African woman to win World Championships gold.

The blonde bullet from Pretoria's High Performance Centre won the lightweight women's singles at this year's World Champs, held in Sarasota-Bradenton, Florida (United States).

She clocked 7 min 38.780 sec for the gold. After 2 000 metres of power-rowing, her victory margin was surprisingly comfortable as she beat Netherlands rival Marieke Keijser by 2.22 seconds.

Having turned 29 just over a month ago, McCann was the second-oldest starter in the A-final, with only American Mary Jones being older at 31. Jones got bronze on Friday, and fittingly she and McCann share the same birthday.

"I had an ideal race plan for today,' she told the FISA website. "I knew in the last 250 m it would be really, really tight. So, I am happy to have been able to sprint effectively. It's really cool." V Source: SASCO


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