Canoeing South Africa
14 Nov 2016
Written by: Dave Macleod
McGregor tames the Dragon Run
Durban – Hank McGregor downed Australian Cory Hill in the closing stages of
the 2016 Hong Kong Dragon Run surfski race and in the process, wrapped up
victory in the 2016 World Surfski Series, while Kiwi ace Teneale Hatton
edged out Hayley Nixon to take the women’s title ahead of a strong women’s
“I am really happy to be able to defend my title here in Hong Kong against
such a top class field,” said Euro Steel/Epic Kayaks star McGregor.
“I managed to get out in front after a couple of kilometres and managed to
“It was a ding-dong battle between myself and Cory (Hill) and I was really
happy to be able pull it off right at the end,” said McGregor.
The win was McGregor’s third title race win in the series and with just the
Perth Doctor later this month remaining, gives the Durban based ace an
unassailable lead in the standings.
“I have always wanted to win the World Surfski Series,” he added after
hearing from series director Dawid Mocké that his series title win had put
the 2016 title out of the other paddlers reach.
Former Surfski World Champ Sean Rice (Think Kayak) stormed home unchallenged
in third to round out the Dragon Run’s men’s podium.
Rice was followed home by South African compatriots Matt Bouman (Epic
Kayaks) and Dawid Mocké, Aussie star Caine Eksteen and two other South
Africans, Kenny Rice (Think Kayak/Varsity College) and Jasper Mocké (Euro
South Africa’s Nixon was thrilled her runner-up performance in the women’s
race. “I am so incredibly happy to finish second!” she gushed on the finish
line. “I was nervous given the strong field of Kiwis and Aussies that were
here and I was desperately hoping to finish in the top three.”
“To finish so close to Teneale (Hatton) and cross the finish line a few
second after her, I couldn’t be happier. I couldn’t think of a better way to
come second!” the Euro Steel/Carbonology Sport racer added.
Behind her there was a tense race for the last spot on the podium which saw
Kiwi Rachel Clarke just edge out Euro Steel/Fenn Kayak’s Jenna Ward while
her Blue Lagoon training partner Nikki Russell rounded out the top five.
More information can be found at
SUMMARY OF RESULTS - Hong Kong Dragon Run - World Surfski Series
1.Hank McGregor RSA 1:32:30
2.Cory Hill AUS 1:32:48
3.Sean Rice RSA 1:34:03
4.Matt Bouman RSA 1:35:21
5.Dawid Mocké RSA 1:36:35
6.Caine Eksteen AUS 1:36:55
7.Kenny Rice RSA 1:38:16
8.Jasper Mocké RSA 1:39:47
9.Austen Kiefer USA 1:39:57
10.Ian Black RSA 1:40:19
1.Teneale Hatton NZL 1:52:47
2.Hayley Nixon RSA 1:53:20
3.Rachel Clark NZL 1:55:05
4.Jenna Ward RSA 1:55:08
5.Nikki Russell RSA 1:58:08
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Euro Steel/Epic Kayaks' Hank
McGregor continued his great ocean racing form when he won the Hong Kong
Dragon Run over the past weekend against a strong international field.
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