Ramalho and Broughton too strong in Amsterdam

Portugal’s Leonel Ramalho and Great Britain’s Lizzie Broughton have won the men’s and women’s titles at the 46th Amsterdam Waterland Marathon on the weekend.

Ramalho finished in 01.37.28.36, just one minute above last years track record. He took the win in the final sprint staying just ahead of France’s Stephane Boulanger and Hungary’s Adrian Boros.

The mass start with over 100 people turned out rather chaotic, even killing the chances to win the race for one of the favourites, South Africa’s Sean Rice, who capsized at the starting line.

Despite this bad luck Rice managed to get the eighth place as one of the first coming in from the chasing group.

Broughton won her fifth edition of the Amsterdam Waterland Marathon in the final sprint, setting the first ever senior ladies long distance time at 01.47.52.54.

Only one of the master men, Joep van Bakel, has been able to beat this time.

“The start was interesting, super wavey,” Broughton said.

“The narrow section just behind the tunnel I had to turn to survival mode to get through the waviest section I’ve ever raced on. Zsofi (Czellai-voros) took the lead in the first bit, but I managed to catch up after four kilometres by using the waves of some of the guys.

“I’m a happy kayaker now to race along with the men and taking home yet another win!”

Find the full results from the Amsterdam Waterland Marathon here.

The latest ICF Canoe Marathon World Cup ranking list can be found here.

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