Salt Rock paddling legend Hank McGregor took silver at last week’s World Surfski Championships.
It capped off two weeks of international competition for McGregor, who was reportedly hoping to add another gold medal to his already overflowing medal cabinet.
A week earlier, he had won gold in the mixed K2 35-49 category at the Canoe Marathon World Championships alongside his wife, Pippa.
Held in Viana do Costelo, a small town north of Porto in Portugal, the surfski race took athletes south along the city’s coastline.
Given World Champion status, the peloton attracted some of the best paddlers from around the world, but South Africa again proved their supremacy in surfskiing.
It was tight between McGregor and fellow countryman and eventual winner Kenny Rice throughout, but there was simply too much left to do on the home stretch for the chasing pack.
“I did my best but lost to Kenny, who finished really fast in the last couple miles,” McGregor said.
Still, the margin of victory was less than 12 seconds, proving just how tight things remain at the top of the paddle pyramid.
McGregor’s time of 1:17.22 was good enough for a comfortable second place, 26 seconds ahead of Australia’s Mackenzie Hynard.
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