A spectacular three days of paddling culminated in two dram-atic final-stage races unfolding with pre-race favourites Andy Birkett and Hank McGregor and sisters Cana and Jordan Peek claiming the men’s and women’s FNB Dusi Canoe Marathon crowns at the finish at Blue Lagoon on Saturday.The outcome of the final day’s racing was far from certain with the men’s race a tussle between four boats grouped together at the start.The four continued to jostle for position until McGregor and Birkett as well as Sbonelo Khwela and Siseko Ntondini managed to open up a slight gap before the Burma Road portage take out.The portage, which has made and broken many in the past, proved a decisive part of the 2018 showdown, with the leading two boats pushing the pace, leaving the chasing crews of Ant Stott and Banetsa Nkhoesa and Carl Folscher and Adrian Boros feeling the pinch at the put-in for the final stretch to the coast.In what proved a decisive mistake, Euro Steel/ADreach’s Khwela and Ntondini unfas...

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