U.S. Marathon Team Completes World Championships in Singapore

Oct. 24, 2011, 10:50 p.m. (ET)

The US National Team completed a successful week of training and competition at the Marathon World Championships in Singapore. The athletes had to cope with high temperatures and humidity throughout the week, but all performed admirably. The team, led by Coach Claudiu Ciur, was comprised entirely of Lanier Canoe and Kayak athletes who qualified during Marathon Trials held in Raleigh, N.C. earlier this year.

In the Jr. Men’s K-1, Stanton Collins and Aaron Mullican represented the U.S. Aaron finished 18th while Stanton had to retire from the race due to boat and heat issues. James Watson competing in the Jr. Men’s C-1 race also had a strong finish coming in 6th place.

The Women’s U-23 race had two U.S. representatives, Macy Dwyer and Morgan Smith. They not only combated high temperatures, but had to fight a torrential downpour for the last two and a half laps.  Dwyer finished an impressive 8th place, followed by Smith in 9th.

Senior Men’s K-1 representative, John DePalma, followed up his 6th place finish in the Masters category with a 24th place finish in the extremely competitive Senior Men’s category.

The final race for the U.S. team was the Sr. Women’s K-2.  Alex McLain and Anne Blanchard finished 11th in a strong field.

On a side note, one of the highlights of the trip was a personal invitation to the U.S. Embassy by Ambassador David Adelman. The team visited with Ambassador Adelman the day before competition began.