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Star-Bulletin Sports

Friday, September 15, 2000


Special to the Star-Bulletin
U.S. kayaker Kathy Colin of Honolulu will
paddle in the K-1 race after all.

Honolulu’s Colin
will paddle solo

Kayaker Kathy Colin of
Honolulu is given the K-1 spot
by her teammate

By Pat Bigold

HONOLULU'S Kathy Colin remembers being in shock while her sister, Mary McIntosh of Arizona, cried on the dock.

It was June 8, the day Colin was upset by athlete-model Tamara Jenkins by four-tenths of a second at the Olympic K-1 kayaking trials in Chula Vista, Calif.

Colin had been ranked as high as No. 1 in the world after winning six gold medals in Brazil in the first world cup event of the year.

Olympic Rings Now that doesn't matter, because Jenkins has given the K-1 berth to Colin.

The 26-year-old Punahou graduate will race the 500-meter solo for America on Sept. 27 at the Sydney International Regatta Centre.

Her K-2 500-meter race, in partnership with Jenkins, will be run about an hour later.

Colin said last night in a phone interview that U.S. coach Jerzy Dziadkowiec had decided to have a race-off on Sunday between the two women to determine who would take the K-1.

"We talked and figured it was too soon before the competition to be racing against each other, and that one of us would be very disappointed," Colin said. "So, she said since I've been racing faster this summer, I should take the K-1 berth."

Colin had won all four of the head-to-head K-1 races she's run with Jenkins since the June trials.

She said she and Jenkins made their decision Sept. 8, as they were leaving for Australia.

"I'm relieved to have it be decided, but I think I was feeling confident that I would get it anyway (in the race-off)," Colin said.

She said they told Dziadkowiec about the switch after they got to Sydney.

"Jerzy was very supportive about it," Colin said.

Even though the decision has yet to be announced by Dziadkowiec, Jenkins' boyfriend posted a note about it on her Web site,

It reads: "The spot for the K-1 in the Olympics was granted to Kathy Colin by Tamara."

The Jenkins Web site displays her modeling photo gallery as well as kayaking updates.

Colin said last night that her coach actually said in June he was leaving the door open to a change.

The Kailua native was the kayaker who earned the U.S. an Olympic berth in the K-1 500-meter event at the 1999 World Championships in Milan.

Colin also proved her strength at the 1999 Pan Am Games in Winnipeg, Canada, where she won three medals. She placed second in the K-1, second in the K-2 with Jenkins, and third in the K-4.

Her most recent world ranking this summer was No. 5.

"I always liked the K-1 because there's nobody to blame but myself in that race, and it's what I've been training for all these years," said Colin, who left for the Opening Ceremonies right after her phone interview.

Colin said she and Jenkins, who has received added attention for her photogenic looks, are getting along very well.

"I think we will surprise some people in the K-2," she said.

Colin's main competition in the K-1 will come from reigning K-1 gold medalist Rita Koban of Hungary, 1999 world champion Caroline Brunet of Canada, Katrin Borchert of Australia (who won silver for her native Germany in 1992), and Josefa Idem of Italy.

Poland, Canada and Germany pose the biggest competition for the Colin-Jenkins kayak.

Colin is a full-time computer engineer for Logicon in San Diego.

Hawaii’s Viloria gets
glimpse of golden path

Waipahu light flyweight boxer Brian Viloria's path to the gold medal round is strewn with familiar faces.

Faces his gloves have crushed.

The Olympic boxing draws announced yesterday have Viloria facing Russia's Sergei Kazakov in the first round on Sunday at the Sydney Exhibition Center.

Viloria defeated Kazakov in a 1998 dual match.

"He said don't worry, Dad, I'm in shape and this is what I trained for and dreamed about," said Viloria's father, Ben, today from his hotel in Sydney.

Brian visited his family at the hotel after learning the draw.

"I told him I love him and I'll still love him no matter what," Ben said.

If he gets through Kazakov, Viloria would face Thailand's Suban Pinnon, a 1999 World Amateur Championships bronze medalist. Viloria stopped Pinnon en route to the world title.

Viloria would probably face Cuba's Maikro Romero in the semifinals.

He beat Romero in the world championship finals.

Pat Bigold, Star-Bulletin

Hawaii's Olympians

Competing today, times HST

Bullet Women's basketball: New Zealand (Tania Brunton) vs. Poland, 12:30 p.m.

Bullet Men's swimming: 4x100 freestyle (Nick Folker, South Africa, and Luis Rojas, Venezuela), 100 breast (Matt Kwon, Hong Kong), 1 p.m.

Bullet Women's volleyball: U.S. (Robyn Ah Mow, Heather Bown) vs. China, 11:30 p.m.

Bullet Women's water polo: Canada (Marie-Luc Arpin) vs. Russia, 9 p.m.; U.S. (Maureen O'Toole) vs. Netherlands, 10:15 p.m.

All athletes listed are either current or former Hawaii residents, or current or former University of Hawaii athletes.

When to watch

Bullet Today: 4:30-9 p.m.

Opening ceremonies,

KHNL (Channel 13, Cable 8)

Bullet Tomorrow: 10:30 a.m.-3 p.m., 4-9 p.m., 9:30-11 p.m. KHNL (Channel 13, Cable 8)

1-6 p.m. CNBC (OC16/Digital 116)

7 a.m.-1 p.m. (repeats 9 p.m.-4 a.m., MSNBC (OC40/Digital 107)

Today's schedule

All Times HST


Women's individual and team ranking, Noon
Men's individual and team ranking, 5 p.m.


Women's singles and mixed doubles first round, 5 p.m.


At The Dome


Poland vs. New Zealand, 12:30 p.m.
Brazil vs. Slovakia, 2:30 p.m.
France vs. Senegal, 5:30 p.m.

Beach volleyball

Women's eliminations, Noon
Women's eliminations, 5:30 p.m.


54kg, 67kg first round, 4 p.m.


Team Three-day Event Dressage, 12:30 p.m.


Men's individual epee

First round, second round, third round, quarterfinals, 12:30 p.m.

Field hockey


Netherlands vs. Britain, 4:30 p.m.


South Korea vs. Argentina, 11:30 a.m.
Germany vs. New Zealand, 1:30 p.m.


Men's qualifying, 1:30 p.m.


Women's 10m air rifle qualification, Noon
Men's trap qualification
Women's 10m air rifle final
Men's 10m air pistol qualification
Men's 10m air pistol final


Women's 400m individual medley heats, 1 p.m.
Men's 400m freestyle heats
Women's 100m butterfly heats
Men's 100m breaststroke heats
Women's 400m freestyle relay heats
Men's 400m freestyle relay heats

Table tennis

Men's and women's doubles qualifications, 1 p.m.

Team handball


Germany vs. Cuba, 12:30 p.m.
France vs. Slovenia, 2:30 p.m.
Yugoslavia vs. South Korea, 5:30 p.m.


Women's final, 1 p.m.



At The Dome Pavilion
Germany vs. Cuba, 1 p.m.
Peru vs. Russia, 3 p.m.

At Sydney Entertainment Centre
Brazil vs. Kenya, 3:30 p.m.
Croatia vs. Australia, 5:30 p.m.

Water polo


Kazakstan vs. Australia, 4 p.m.


Men's 56kg snatch; clean & jerk, Group B, 5:30 p.m.

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