Hungarian Adrian Boros has confirmed his entry for this year’s Berg River Canoe Marathon, which takes place in Paarl from July 13 to 16.
The 25-year-old international paddling star said he had snapped up the offer to race.
“I am convinced that the Berg Marathon will be a good preliminary event for our selection competition in Hungary, and for the World Championships,” he said.
While Boros concedes he will have the added burden of being a novice on the 240km haul to the Cape West Coast, he said that challenge inspired him.
“The harder the race, the greater is the success. I do not know much about the flow rate or if there are any dangerous areas on the river. I think I will have to improvise,” he said.
Boros finished runner-up to Hank McGregor in the ICF Canoe Marathon World Champs K1 race last year before winning the gold medal in the K2 with László Solti.
He is a regular visitor to South Africa, having raced the Dusi Canoe Marathon three times, and is looking forward to his return to the competitive river racing scene.
“I have absolutely fallen in love with the country. I could not miss one opportunity to go back there to race,” said Boros.
He joins fellow elite paddlers Brendan Rice and Josh Kippen (Australia), and Czech Republic ace Petr Mojžíšek in the international team.