• Short Summary

    INTRODUCTION: Two men were seriously injured at the start of this year's Duzi canoe marathon in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa, on Wednesday (12 January).

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    INTRODUCTION: Two men were seriously injured at the start of this year's Duzi canoe marathon in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa, on Wednesday (12 January).

    SYNOPSIS: About 500 competitors from as far away as Australia began the gruelling 177 kilometre (110 miles) race but by the end of the first stage, about 90 of them had been eliminated. South Africa's Minister of Sport, Dr. Piet Koornhof started the race. Disaster struck soon after at the first weir.

    Thirty-year-old Graham Wilson, in a double canoe with his brother Rob, broadsided into the victoria bridge rapid and was rammed from behind by Allan Armitage. Graham received a deep gash in his back and it's though Allan broke a leg. Both later underwent emergency surgery in hospital.

    But other canoeists fared better. After a close battle Andrew Hawrden finished second in the singles even at the first overnight stop. Last year's doubles winners, Peter Peacock and Graham Pope-Ellis, also won the first leg in their class.

    The race finished in Durban on Friday (14 January) and spectators were treated to some exciting canoeing during the event.

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    Film ID:
    VLVAQYVFKFWIRFYYI1QMBYBPUQK9
    Media URN:
    VLVAQYVFKFWIRFYYI1QMBYBPUQK9
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    15/01/1977
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:13:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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