Beijing Olympic Gold medallist Ken Wallace has overcome illness and windy conditions to snatch the blue riband K1 1000 title at the National Canoe and Kayak Championships in Perth.
Wallace survived a last-metre lunge from long-time rival Murray Stewart to snatch the race by less than a metre.
Another member of Australia's London gold medal K4 team, Jacob Clear, finished third.
Wallace has set his sights on competing in the K1 1000 in Rio in 2016, which will be his third Olympics.
He won gold in the now defunct K1 500 in Beijing and fourth in the K2 1000 in London.
The Gold Coast paddler was in serious doubt for this week's titles after spending last week in bed battling a chest infection.
"I didn't feel too good. I'm just stoked to get through that race," Wallace said.
"In the warmup I was doing 500 metre efforts and I couldn't even breathe. I just feel a bit weak from the antibiotics and I'm struggling for breath, but if Grant Hackett can win medals at the Olympics on one lung, than I might do alright."
Wallace will be 33 by Rio, but he's confident he'll still be world class.
"For the last six or seven years all I've done is K1 racing. When you're sitting on the start line, all you have to worry about is yourself," he said.
"But we'll take one step at a time."
Wallace's first priority will be the upcoming World Cup events, before returning to the Gold Coast to prepare for another World Championships selection trial in June.
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