The Reign of Dane: Dane Takes K1 Worlds Crown for Men, Britain’s O’Hara Nabs Top Spot for Gals

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For today’s top freestyle kayakers, the reign of Dane is proving to be a pain. Dane Jackson wrapped up his first-ever Men’s Kayak World Freestyle Championships gold medal at the Nantahala Outdoor Center this weekend, with a blistering, high-flying, high-scoring performance leaving other competitors in his wake. For the women, Britain’s Claire O’Hara proved equally domineering, securing the title for the second time running…

In all, the U.S. team fared quite favorably on its home-field Nantahala court, winning a combined six out of a possible eight gold medals on the newly built wave in the Nantahala Gorge near Bryson City, N.C. O’Hare, meanwhile, added to her K1 tally with a win in the women’s Squirt boat event as well. At age 19, Jordan Poffenberger came away with two gold medals in the OC1 and C1 Men’s events.

For the men, it was Dane’s day with three medals overall, including a gold in the K1 Men, thanks to a series of 1,500-plus point rides, a silver in the Squirt boat and bronze in the C1. In the K1 event, he bested pops EJ, brother-in-law Nick Troutman and 2011 champion James Bebbington of Britain, who missed the cut for semi-finals by a mere 26 points. Taking second for the men was Slovakia’s Peter Csonka and Poland’s Tomasz Czaplicki.

Clay Wright won the Men’s Squirt boat, edging out Jackson by 160 points. In the Junior events four different nations made the podium — USA, France, Spain and Great Britain — with the USA’s Rowan Stuart winning the K1 Junior Women’s Gold and Hunter Katich taking the K1 Junior Men’s title.

Results

K1 Women
1. Claire O’Hare (GBR) 708
2. Hitomi Takatu (JPN) 650
3. Adriene Levknecht (USA) 326

Squirt Boat Women
1. Claire O’Hare (GBR) 1,153
2. Motoko Ishida (JPN) 603
3. Yoshiko Suematsu (JPN) 286

OC1 Men
1. Jordan Poffenberger (USA) 283
2. Dane Jackson (USA) 103
3. Jez Jez (AUS) 100

C1 Men
1. Jordan Poffenberger (USA) 1,066
2. Tad Dennis (USA) 843
3. Dane Jackson (USA) 840

K1 Men
1. Dane Jackson (USA) 1,240
2. Peter Csonka (SVK) 1,233
3. Tomasz Czaplicki (POL) 1,208

Squirt Boat Men
1. Clay Wright (USA) 1,340
2. Dane Jackson (USA) 1,160
3. Max Karlsson (SWE) 860
Saturday 7th September 2013

K1 Junior Women
1. Rowan Stuart (USA) 423
2. Nuria Fontane (ESP) 380
3. Kinberlee Aldred (USA) 200

K1 Junior Men
1. Hunter Katich (USA) 1,200
2. Richard Thomas (FRA) 1,006
3. Alec Voorhees (USA) 953

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