Hanhart sponsors Extreme Kayak World Championship for 5th time
By Romit Jethwaney — February 22, 2013
For the fifth time in a row, Hanhart has supported World Class Kayaking at Austria’s Wellerbrucke course in the Oetztal Valley. The event took place between the 4th and 7th of October 2012, with global recognition and more importantly, the World Champion belt being at stake.
Since 1924, Hanhart has delivered high quality craftsmanship and artistry in the form of watch making. Known for its extreme reliability and engineering, Hanhart watches draw their inspiration from aviation, marine and motor sports. Their association with sporting events includes the Kayak World Championships, being the perfect reflection of speed and precision. Therefore, it is no surprise that they are Official Timekeepers of the event.
Extreme Kayakers’ battle their way to find what is called the ‘Sickline’ – the absolute quick flowing stream down river. An ideal match for the watch giant’s values in accuracy and measuring time.
The Wellerburcke is a solid class 5 course; dangerous and highly exhilarating for kayak spectators. 150 Professional athletes from over 26 diverse countries participated in the event, so as to test their strength and potential. The top 25 were automatically seeded, with the remaining slots allocated on pure merit to class 5 masters.
24-year old Sam Sutton from Rotorua in New Zealand impressively demonstrated that for the third year in a row he is the fastest extreme paddler in the world. At the fifth anniversary of the Extreme Kayak World Championship in Tirol’s Ötztal Valley, Sutton defended his title once again with a winning time of 56.92 seconds, which was not as fast as the course record he had set in 2011 (55.84), but fast enough to win the gold medal ahead of Dejan Kralj from Slovenia (57.81) and New Zealand’s Mike Dawson (58.38).
Sutton was also awarded the Hanhart Primus diver watch worth USD 5,750
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