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Kime wins Avon Descent
Water levels were higher than usual for the Avon Descent. Picture: Nic Ellis/The West Australian

South African Lance Kime has taken out the Avon Descent solo title ahead of West Australian paddler Josh Kippin.

Kime crossed the finish line in 9:07:48, Kippin came recorded a time of 9:09:05.

Kime, 22, was touted as the man to beat earlier in the week and keeps the crown in South Africa.

His countryman Hank McGregor, who did not compete this year, has won the past four Avon Descents.

The first female paddler across the finish line was West Australian Jenni Bateman on 11:15:09.

Last year’s power craft winners Tom Hodgkinson and Dennis Peach won the event once again, recording a time of 2:33:49, ahead of Michael Prosser and Perrin Franks in 2:38:18.

Despite water levels higher than they have been in years no records were broken.

More than 550 paddlers and powerboat riders took part in the 42nd Avon Descent.


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