The University of Oklahoma women’s rowing teams has won two Big 12 titles, but the Sooners have had to earn a trip to the NCAA Championships by competing in Conference USA. That will change in 2015 as the Big 12 will sponsor a conference championship that will result in an automatic qualifier to...
BY ED GODFREY, Staff Writer | Published: Fri, Oct 3, 2014
The top rower on the Oklahoma City University women’s team will be trying to defend her championship in the OGE NightSprints at the Head of the Oklahoma Regatta on Saturday night on the Oklahoma River.
By Ed Godfrey and Mike Baldwin | Updated: Sun, Sep 28, 2014
The Hungarian squad captured 20 medals including 10 gold, seven silver and three bronze. Renata Csay, 37, of Hungary was the top female athlete, winning her 14th and 15th world championships in senior women’s singles and doubles kayak.
By Mike Baldwin and Ed Godfrey | Published: Sat, Sep 27, 2014
Steve Jourdan, a 65-year-old member of South Africa’s senior team, said one of the perks of being on a national canoeing team is to travel to places around the globe to compete in world championships like the one being held this weekend on the Oklahoma River.
“I've been to some amazing...
By Ed Godfrey, Staff Writer | Updated: Sat, Sep 27, 2014
Hank McGregor’s father, Lee, was once South Africa’s top swimmer but couldn’t compete internationally because of apartheid. Lee turned marathon canoeing instead, and now he coaches his world-champion son.
The most interesting part of marathon canoe racing for spectators is the portage. After each lap following the first one in a race, the competitors are required to get out of the water and carry the boat for 131 yards and launch again.
The athletes sprint from one point to the other and also...
By Mike Baldwin, Staff Writer | Published: Thu, Sep 25, 2014
Since the 1980 Summer Games in Moscow, Hungary has won a combined 164 medals in the summer and winter Olympics. One quarter (41) of Hungary’s medals have been won in canoeing, including 18 gold medals.
The International Canoe Federation’s Canoe Marathon World Championships, which are being held Friday through Sunday on the Oklahoma River, also will double as the same event for the 2014 Pan American Championships.