South African Hank McGregor claimed his second gold medal of the ICF Canoe Marathon World Championships by partnering Jasper Mocké to victory in the men's K2 race on Sunday, 10 September, at Camps Drift in Pietermaritzburg.

Hungary emerged from the four days of competition as clearly the top nation at the championships with their two silver and two gold medals on the final day's action, taking their total for the competition to an incredible 20 medals (10 gold, eight silver and two bronze).

South Africa were second on the medal table with eight medals (two gold, three silver and three bronze) with Great Britain third on five (one, one and three).

For South Africa, McGregor added a second gold to the one he earned for winning the K1 event on Saturday when he and Mocké added a fourth medal to their personal tally of two golds from 2014 and 2016 and silver from 2015.

The local heroes produced a potent finish sprint to claim their victory, but behind them, in a bizarre photo-finish for second, the Hungarian pair of Adrián Boros and László Solti celebrated their second position before crossing the line.

That allowed South Africa's second boat of Andy Birkett and 18-year-old schoolboy, Jean van der Westhuyzen, to finish just centimetres back in third.

The top three were almost identical to the 2016 finish order when McGregor and Mocke beat Boros and Solti with Birkett and Louis Hattingh third.

This win is also the third time the McGregor/Mocke and Boros/Solti combinations have shared the top two positions with the Hungarians winning in 2015 and grabbing silver last year. V Source: www.sport24.co.za