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McKeever wins gold to justify billing as Bolt on water

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Ed McKeever is described as Usain Bolt of the canoe world © PA Photos
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Ed McKeever lived up to his status as 'the Usain Bolt of the canoe world' as he blazed to Olympic gold in the men's K1 200m at London 2012.

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McKeever, the lightest man in the final, got off to a blistering start and never relinquished his advantage as the field battled a headwind at Eton Dorney.

The 28-year-old crossed the line in 36.246 seconds to add Olympic gold to his 2010 world and European titles. Spain's Saul Craviotto Rivero took silver and Mark de Jonge of Canada completed the podium.

"That headwind made the race a little longer. That was hard," McKeever said. "I was concentrating on the first few strokes, and then the rest of the race sorted itself out.

"I feel relief, not elation. I'm so happy I could do it in front of the home crowd. It's brilliant, I woke up at 5am like a kid this morning."

Jess Walker was unable to emulate McKeever's feat as she finished seventh in the women's event. Walker, who produced a superb performance in the semi-finals to qualify for the final, finished seventh in a time of 46.161 as New Zealand's Lisa Carrington took gold ahead of Ukraine's Inna Osypenko-Radomska and three-time Olympic champion Natasa Douchev-Janics.

Liam Heath and Jon Schofield were rewarded for their exertions in the men's double kayak 200m final with a bronze medal. Team GB started strongly and led with 50m remaining, but were overhauled by Russia's Yury Postrigay and Alexander Dyachenko who powered to victory in a time of 33.507 seconds, while the British duo hung on to claim bronze behind Belarus.

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