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Hank McGregor (left) leads Hamish Lovemore (right) and Stew Little (obscured) on the first stage of the Orange Descent in Upington on Saturday. PHOTO: GAMEPLAN
Hank McGregor (left) leads Hamish Lovemore (right) and Stew Little (obscured) on the first stage of the Orange Descent in Upington on Saturday. PHOTO: GAMEPLAN

HANK McGregor romped to another national canoeing title in Upington on Saturday when he broke away from a three-boat bunch eight kilometres from the finish to win the first stage of the Orange Descent.

Racing on good water levels and in hot Northern Cape weather, the 42-year-old 11-time world champion drove the lead group on the 26 km opening stage from Keimoes to Kakemas with his Durban training partner Hamish Lovemore and Underberg speedster Stew Little.

At the portage around the massive Neus weir, McGregor put in a strong run on the 300 metre section that takes the paddlers to a unique 1,3 kilometre paddle down a fast-flowing canal, dropping Lovemore.

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