Paddling couple Hank and Pippa McGregor win Portugal gold


North Coast canoeing legends Hank and Pippa McGregor once again proved they are a formidable team, winning their only duet event at the ICF Canoe Marathon Masters World Championships the week last.

The husband and wife paddlers raced together on the final day of the Masters (Over 35s) event, which preceded the main world championships held in Ponte de Lima, Portugal.

Facing 25 teams from six countries last Tuesday, the McGregors worked in sync like only a true couple could, providing a compelling paddle on their way to the top of the podium.

They finished in 1:11.13, 39 seconds ahead of the Portuguese team in second and 47 seconds ahead of the Spanish team in third.

It was Pippa’s second piece of silverware at the event after winning second place in the K1 event 35-39 a few days before.

Both McGregors were also back in action in the main event, but despite a strong paddle throughout, they couldn’t get another medal.

Hank was just 66 fractions of a second from the bronze medal in the men’s K1 short course race last Thursday after coming through the qualifying race.

As one of 20 finalists from 11 countries, he once again showed his ability to compete among the true elite of world paddling.

His time of 13:09.26 was good enough for fourth place, behind Spaniard Ivan Alonso who finished very close in 13:08.60.

Pippa was back for the women’s K2 final on Sunday, finishing ninth out of 17 with partner Jenna Nisbet.

Hank closed the event with the men’s K2 final, also on Sunday, where he and partner Jasper Mocke took seventh place out of 23 teams.

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