Kayaker Mike Dawson wins Great Falls Race

IAN ANDERSON
Last updated 14:53 07/07/2014
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EXTREMELY GOOD: Kiwi kayaker Mike Dawson added another whitewater extreme race title to his collection with victory in the Great Falls Race in the United States.

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Kiwi kayaker Mike Dawson added another whitewater extreme race title to his collection with victory in the Great Falls Race in the United States.

The 27-year-old Olympic slalom paddler excelled in the short-boat race on the Potomac River in Washington DC, capturing the title by almost five seconds.

Dawson's time of 65.1 seconds down the section of the river that features a series of six-metre waterfalls was easily ahead of the 69.9s recorded by Geoff Calhoun (United States), with American Olympian Scott Parsons third in 70.8s.

"It was a pretty hectic trip just to make the start-line after competing in Ekstrem Sport Veko in Norway last week but I'm stoked to have raced here," Dawson said.

"Because it was Independence Day, there were huge crowds lined up on the banks and this area is one of the birth places of extreme kayak racing so I was pretty buzzed to be able to take the win."

The Tauranga kayaker also finished third in the Norway event, with fellow Kiwi Sam Sutton capturing his second consecutive title, ahead of Frenchman Eric Deguil.

After taking a short break from the world cup circuit, Dawson will now put his extreme ambitions on hold again.

He will spend the next month in Maryland concentrating on slalom training at the site of September's canoe slalom world championships.

Dawson, who made the semifinals at the London Olympics, has enjoyed a strong start to his world cup slalom campaign, qualifying for the semifinals in London and Slovenia and registering his best finish at the latter event when ninth.

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