Sam Mason and Simone Maier win Coast to Coast

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Sam Mason and Simone Maier have won the men’s and women’s titles in the 2023 Coast to Coast.

Manson secured his maiden victory in the 41st running of the iconic 243km race after overtaking fellow Cantab Ryan Kiesanowski on the kayak leg and powering to a historic result.

Manson had finished runner-up on multiple occasions. However, he cemented this year’s win in 11 hours, 40 minutes, and 15 seconds.

In the women’s race, Simone Meier was dominant throughout the day. Maier reached Gorge Bridge for the kayak leg in second place, just a couple of minutes behind Deborah Lynch. It didn’t take her long to take the lead in the kayak and there was only victory in her sights from there.

Former All-Black captain Richie McCaw and his Olympic gold medal rowing mate Nathan Cohen won the men’s two-day tandem race in 13:41:17, while Hannah Buchanan and Courtney Hawke took the honours in the women’s equivalent in 15:50:04.

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