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ROCKHAMPTON'S Fitzroy River has proved the perfect training ground for a group of canoeists preparing for world titles.

The 2005 Queensland Canoe Marathon Championships on the weekend attracted paddlers from throughout Queensland including Indooroopilly's Ian Muir and Brisbane's Grant Cook who are preparing for the 2005 Masters World Canoe Marathon Championships in Perth next month.

Muir won the 20km veteran 45 men's K1 event from the Sunshine Coast's Bryn Davis with Cook in third place.

Another competitor preparing for the world stage was Indooroopilly's Lani Belcher who will represent Australia at the World Canoe Marathon Championships.

Belcher finished third in the 20km under-18 K1 event with Greater Logan's Nathan Casford first across the finish line in 1:36.14.04. Among Rockhampton's Fitzroy Canoe Club's best performers was Justin Wright (2:04.39) who collected a third placing in the 24km open men TK1 race which was won by the Sunshine Coast's Alex Morgan in 2:03.58.

Morgan had his problems on the start line when he was caught up in wash and was slightly deviated by another boat.

Greater Logan's Andrew Appleton (2:34.45) won the 36km open K1 event.



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