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McGregor to challenge for Dusi

Durban's double world champion Hank McGregor says his main priority for next year will be the World Championships, but will still add his name to the list of title contenders for the Dusi Canoe Marathon in February.

McGregor aimed to make the first World Championships title his own at the mid-year event in Portugal next year.

"It's going to be tough trying to balance everything next year with all the races that are coming up," said McGregor.

"I am definitely prioritising next year's Surfski World Champs as I would love to win that title and there are a lot of races all around the world in the build-up to that.

"If my body doesn't fall apart and I can make the start line for Dusi in one piece then obviously that will be great."

McGregor would however have a hurdle to overcome when he challenges for the Dusi title.

He would have to go through a strong field of competitors that are expected for next year's clash with teammate and triple defending champion Andy Birkett set to once again lead the charge.

"Obviously Andy (Birkett) has been phenomenal these past three years and I'm sure he will definitely be the one to beat come race day next year," said McGregor.

The clash will also see a new wave of young talent looking to put their hands up to take over from the old guard and McGregor admits the threat they pose is a concern for him.

"For me the guys who haven't won the Dusi, particularly in a K1, are the ones to keep a very careful eye on next year," said McGregor.

"The likes of Lance Kime, who I'm sure would desperately love to finish on the podium let alone win it, will be right up there."

The Dusi starts in Pietermaritzburg on February 14, ending in Durban on February 16.


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