The ICF Canoe World Championships took place over the weekend of 17 and 18 September, in Bradenburg, Germany
Competing against the world’s best, Hank McGregor from Jeep Team SA claimed two gold medals after retaining his titles as world champion in both K1 and K2 canoe marathon racing classes, and adding to his six previous World Championships titles. Despite initial fears that he may be unable to defend his title due to the cost of participation, McGregor overcame a powerful field in tough conditions to win both the men’s K1 and K2 crowns. Racing in rainy, windy conditions on Saturday in the K1 championship final, McGregor timed a tactically superb race to stay in command of a threatening nine-boat front bunch, which included Portugal’s Jose Ramalho and Hungary’s Adrian Boros. McGregor, then partnered with Jasper Mocke, to set the pace in the K2 final and power to a sprint finish, seconds ahead of Hungary. The South African team of Andy Birkett and Louis Hattingh put in a solid performance to take third.