Hank McGregor and Jasper Mocké surged to victory in the K2 men’s encounter at the Canoe Marathon World Championships in Brandenburg, Germany, on Sunday.
Compatriots Louis Hattingh and Andy Birkett raced to a hard-fought third place, while emerging talents Jenna Ward and Kyeta Purchase claimed the silver medal in the K2 women’s event.
McGregor and Mocké’s feat, together with that of Hattingh and Birkett, capped off a memorable weekend of racing for the South African team after Saturday’s action saw McGregor and Birkett clinch a historic South African one-two in the K1 encounter.
“I managed to pull off the K1 and K2 double in Oklahoma two years ago and again here so I’m very happy,” said Euro Steel/Kayak Centre’s McGregor.
“I thoroughly enjoyed myself out there and it was an honour representing my country and my sponsors.”
Having won in America in 2014 before being pipped to the post by Adrián Boros and László Solti last year, McGregor and Mocké showed their class by turning the tide on the Hungarian pair this time. In the process, McGregor claimed a remarkable eighth world crown.
Ward and Purchase replicated the feat of Alexa Cole and Donia Kamstra in Australia in 2005 as they fought bravely to cling to the tail of marathon racing legend Renáta Csay and her Hungarian partner, Alexandra Bara.
“That was the best race of our lives. Racing with Renáta was an absolute honour and it was just the most amazing thing we’ve ever done,” said Euro Steel’s Ward.
Results: day three
1. Hank McGregor/Jasper Mocké (RSA) 2:06.28
2. Adrián Boros/László Solti (HUN) 2:06.29
3. Louis Hattingh/Andy Birkett (RSA) 2:06.29
1. Renáta Csay/Alexandra Bara (HUN) 2:02.09
2. Jenna Ward/Kyeta Purchase (RSA) 2:02.11
3. Zsófia Giczy/Sára Anna Mihalik (HUN) 2:02.31
K2 junior boys
1. Erik Petro/Ádám Varga (HUN) 1:37:18
2. Luke Harding/Gregory Magnus (GBR) 1:37:20
3. Csaba Erdossy/ Keán Mayer (HUN) 1:37:24
4. Luis Ferreira/Nuno Cruz (POR) 1:38:22
5. Jean van der Westhuyzen/Mark Keeling (RSA) 1:38:31
15. Uli Hart/Zac Preyser (RSA) 1:43:27
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