Eight-time Canoe Marathon World Champion and Hansa Fish River Canoe Marathon defending champ Hank McGregor will be chasing his seventh K1 Fish title today.
Day one, which started at Grassridge Dam yesterday, ended with a nail-biting finish between Andy Birkett and McGregor, who were neck-and-neck as they paddled towards the finish line.
After crossing the finish line at Knutsford Bridge on the outskirts of Cradock, McGregor, originally from Durban, said he had had an incredible day on the water.
“Andy and I have just come back from the World Marathon champs, where we got gold and silver for South Africa. We know each other quite well so everybody looks after each other,” he said.
“Today I was feeling quite strong. I was quite happy we had one stretch about a kilometre before the finish where we settled who was going to win.
“It just happened to me today. Maybe it’s not me tomorrow, but we will see.
“It was a fantastic day of racing with topclass guys. I had a fantastic day out there, so I am very happy.”
McGregor, who is leading by only a second, is determined to keep his nose in front during the final leg today.
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