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.
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
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: