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Mighty McGregor makes it three world marathon titles

Another South African has raced his way on to the top of the podium at the Canoe World Marathon Championships in Denmark, writes Mark Etheridge.

After Andy Birkett and Brandon van der Walt had an impressive 1-2 finish in the men’s Under-23 race the previous day it was Hank McGregor’s turn to seize the spotlight.

The veteran paddler added an amazing third marathon title to an already impressive list of global titles to win the men’s K1 race.

“And he did it in emphatic style,” said team manager Peter Cole. “He was always near the front of the race, stayed out of trouble on the portages and when it mattered, made his move on the final portage to win from the defending champion Ivan Alonso of Spain with the French Sprint star Cyrill Carr rounding off the podium.

“The other SA paddler, Grant van der Walt, was also in the mix for a lot of the time and ended a very credible 7th.”

Earlier in the day Alexa Cole raced to 10th in the women’s race, which was won by the Hungarian superstar Renata Csay who won an amazing 12th world title.