The 67th edition of the iconic FNB Dusi Canoe Marathon looks set to live up to all the pre-race hype as the country’s finest river marathon paddlers fight it out from Pietermaritzburg to Durban from Thursday. In what has been seen as one of the most exciting K2 Dusi combinations in the modern era, the K1 marathon gold medallist and two-time Dusi winner Hank McGregor has teamed up with K1 marathon silver medallist and seven-time Dusi winner Andy Birkett. The duo will undoubtedly carry the favourites tag onto the start line at Camps Drift. Euro Steel’s Birkett has won seven of the last eight Dusis, his only blemish being a fourth in 2013 in the K1 showdown that was won by Lance Kime. McGregor’s last triumph came in 2006 when he won with Martin Dreyer to go with his K1 victory the year before. With nine Dusi gold medals between them — the second most in 2018 being Ant Stott with four wins — and a punishing training programme, the smart money will be on them to reach Blue Lagoon first.<...

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