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Canoe Sprint: Cawthorn to contend for medal
Team GB sprint canoeist Rachel Cawthorn qualified for Thursday’s A final after finishing second in the semi-final of the K1 kayak 500-metre race at Dorney Lake this morning.
The 23-year-old safely secured a place in the medal race after recording a time of 1:52.542 seconds and was beaten only by 47-year-old Josefa Idem of Italy.
Cawthorn commented: “I was so happy, I felt so up for that race. I had a few nerves, but just thought, ‘whatever happens happens. My arms feel like they’re going to fall off!
“The crowd helped me out so much down that last bit there though, I’ve never experienced anything like that before.”
Unfortunately Cawthorne’s team mates Abigail Edmonds and Louisa Sawers missed out on qualifying for Thursday’s A final in the K2 kayak 500-metre event after they came seventh in their semi-final.
Although they are no longer in with a chance of a medal, the pair’s time of 1:46.025 seconds does see them through to Thursday’s B final.
Edmonds commented:“Going from the heats, there were a few things to learn. This race, I think we nailed it. I really enjoyed it, we’ve been training on this lake for three years now and I haven’t seen it like this.
Sophia Smith, Sportsister
The Women’s Sports Magazine