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World Marathon Champion Hank McGregor entrenched his status as the continent's premier paddler by mastering the icy Highveld weather and a large and very powerful field to claim his eighth South African Marathon K1 title.
The Durban duo of Hank McGregor and Grant van der Walt claimed a record fourth successive K2 title in the Hansa Fish River Canoe Marathon on the weekend, while Abby Adie and Anna Adamova captured the womens' title.
After bagging his third Marathon World Championship title in Copenhagen over the weekend, South Africa's Hank McGregor will join a horde of world-class local and international paddlers in Cradock on Friday for the 2013 Fish River Canoe Marathon.
Hank McGregor paddled his way into the history books on Sunday by becoming the first canoeist to win three back-to-back K1 titles in the Drakensberg Challenge, one of South Africa's premier canoeing marathons.
Hank McGregor won the men's title and Abby Adie took the women's honours as the defending champions successfully defended their crowns in a tough, testing Global Trader Drak Challenge Canoe Marathon on Sunday.
Hank McGregor and Grant van der Walt retained their Fish River Canoe Marathon title with a stunning come-from-behind victory on the final day of racing on Saturday.
Hank McGregor won a spirited end-sprint to clinch his fifth Isuzu Berg River Canoe Marathon title on a river swollen by the heavy rains that had flooded the region for the past fortnight.
South Africa confirmed its status as surf skiing's world power on Sunday, with Hank McGregor paddling a perfect race in testing conditions to win his second Durban Surf Ski World Cup, and Oscar Chalupsky, at age 45, being crowned the Surf Ski World Series champion.