Triple world marathon champion Hank McGregor has his eye on a fourth title at the N3TC Drak Challenge, especially because it brings with it the SA K1 river marathon title for 2014.
“I want to come back to the Drak Challenge,” said McGregor firmly. “It is SA K1 this year, so it has that extra title attached to it, and I will be on the startline again this time.”
Last year McGregor was prioritising his bid for the first ever ICF World Surfski Championship in Portugal, and opted to head for Australia to race the Perth Doctor Surfski World Cup that falls on the same weekend as the Drak Challenge.
McGregor went on to win a third marathon K1 world title in Copenhagen later in the year after his surfski world crown bid ended in frustration. Now the Ballito star, who won the Drak title hat trick from 2010 to 2012, is eager to add another to his collection, and deny his training partner and best friend a chance at a second Drak title.
“Grant (van der Walt) is the defending champion and I’d love to take the title back from him. He is a close friend of mine but I think this year it will be a very close race.”
McGregor fully backed the decision to award the national river marathon title decider to the Drak Challenge.
“The Drak Challenge is a fantastic technical river and it is a really good decider on who should really take the title.”
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