The first paddlers have begun to come through at the finish line in the 2019 FNB Dusi Canoe Marathon.

Saturday’s final leg was a reverse start, with the lead paddlers hitting the water from Inanda Dam.

This enables the elite athletes to come into a full house of supporters and paddlers at the finish.

The excitement is expected to follow the women’s race on Saturday as the front runners Christie Mackenzie and Tamika Haw have been neck and neck over the last two days.

Eight time Dusi champion Andy Birkett has maintained his five minute lead over Sbonela Khwela.

The leaders are expected in at the finish at Durban’s Blue Lagoon around one o’clock on Saturday afternoon

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