Hank McGregor is eyeing further K1 and K2 titles at the Canoe Marathon World Championships in Brandenburg, Germany, from September 16 to 18.
The South African paddling icon already has six world championship titles to his name.
The venue for the 2016 event will be a new experience for McGregor.
“After all the years of racing international marathon championships, the German course is still one that I haven’t raced on,” the Euro Steel/Kayak Centre ace said.
Despite his age qualifying him for the precursor to the World Champs – the Canoe Marathon Masters World Cup – McGregor’s focus remains firmly on another senior gold medal in the K1 clash and another shot at adding a K2 gold medal to the one he won in 2014.
“I have raced in enough world championships to know what the pace will be and how intense the front of the race is going to be, so I am not concerned about how the race is going to play out.”
McGregor’s partner Jasper Mocké is also in good form following his recent win at the Breede Canoe Marathon.
“Having narrowly missed out on gold in the K2 last year in the end sprint, we have got more than enough motivation to rectify that this year and we are going out there to do our best,” said McGregor.
The world’s best marathon paddlers will be out to dethrone McGregor.
“Andy Birkett will also be there and he has been going really well with his World Cup win recently.
“The field is going to be incredibly strong and I will need to make sure I am in good shape to be in with a chance,” he said.