Durban - Marathon canoeing world champion Hank McGregor jetted home on Monday
evening savouring his sixth title won at the World Marathon Championships,
adding a third successive K1 title to a silver medal with Jasper Mocké in the
K2 race in Gyor, Hungary.
McGregor was met at the airport by a group of friends and supporters led by his
wife Pippa and year old son Thorsten, who was happy to handle the brace of
medals his dad had to show them.
McGregor said that the weekend had been a whirlwind, and he was slowly
appreciating the enormity of this third back-to-back K1 title, a feat that puts
his in the same league as the Spanish marathon icon Manuel Busto Fernandez.
"Look, just to be mentioned in the same breath as Busto is an honour, it’s
just as important to be to be appreciated by my fellow countrymen," said
got a standing ovation from all my teammates when I finally got back to the
hotel on Saturday night, after doing the drug testing and missing the shuttle
"As a team we were on top of the world. I think I inspired a lot of people
for the next day's racing, and obviously a lot of people around the world that
it's not over until it's over."
McGregor has a week to catch his breath and recover before preparing for the
long haul flight to Tahiti for the Surfski World Championships, from where he
has to rush home to make the start of the Hansa Fish River Canoe Marathon in
the Eastern Cape where he is the defending champion.