Tribute to the ultimate Dusi legend

2014-01-04 00:00

THE man was given a number of names that became synonymous with the Dusi over his decades of dominance, but Graeme Pope-Ellis was the ultimate Dusi Canoe Marathon legend and none can boast a record like his. It spanned a mammoth 45 years from his first to his last trip down the uMsunduzi and uMngeni Rivers.

“The Pope” dominated the race for two decades, during which time he won an incredible 15 titles that included three K1 titles and 12 K2 victories. One of his most impressive feats came in 1986, when at the age of 38 Pope-Ellis not only won the Dusi Canoe Marathon but broke his own record that had been standing for 10 years.

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