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British paddlers in action at SUP World Championships

British paddlers Blue Ewer, Ben Moreham and Holly Pye have been competing at the 2021 ICF Stand Up Paddling World Championships in Hungary.

The World Championships hosted at Lake Balaton in Balatonfured is the largest stand up paddling championships ever, with more than 480 athletes from 50 countries competing for titles in the technical, sprint, long distance and inflatable events.

In the technical open event all three British competitors made it through the heats and quarter finals to qualify for the C Finals, and secure a top 25 finish.

In the Technical Open Men 1000m C Final, Blue Ewer was in second place, in a time of 5 mins 13.74, his fastest time of the Championships.

Ben Moreham took fifth place in the C final, in a time of 5:21.77.  Holly Pye also made the C final in the Technical Open Women 1000m, taking fourth place in 6:08.79.

In the Long distance Open Men event Ben Moreham was the first Brit to cross the line after 18 kilometres of paddling, securing 19th place in 1 hour 58:49.02, with Blue Ewer 26th place in 2 hrs 03:08.02.

Holly Pye was 13th in the Long distance Open Women event in a time of 2hrs 21:30.56.

Holly was also in action in the Sprint Open Women 200m event, where she comfortably qualified through the heats, to claim another C final place in the quarter finals.

In her fastest time of the Championships, Holly was in third place in the C final in 1 min 09.63, which followed her victory in the women’s SUP 200m national championship at Holme Pierrepont last weekend.

In the Sprint Open Men 200m event Ben Moreham reached the quarter finals, posting a best time of 1 min 03.90.

Full details about the Stand Up Paddling World Championships is available on the International Canoe Federation website.