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World Championships golden crown for Ed McKeever

Article Date: 22/08/2010

European Champion Ed McKeever continues his domination of the 200m K1M class as he is crowned World Champion at the Malta regatta course in Poznan.

With the sun blazing down the conditions were near perfect as McKeever sat on the start line of the 200m final.  Full of confidence and ready to add another title to his ever growing collection, McKeever exploded out of the start to take an early lead leaving his opposition behind to cross the line in first and take the crown. 

Ed McKeever comments on his World Championship title:

 “I am lost for words really; I just want to thank whoever made the 200m an Olympic discipline. I am so happy with my performance and am looking forward to doing it again next year.”

Team mates Jon Schofield and Liam Heath fellow European Champions K2 200m were ready and waiting to follow in McKeever footsteps to take another title for Great Britain. In an extremely tight race the pairing gave it their all. Neck and neck with France and Spain Liam and Jon had to wait for a photo finish to determine their position finishing in 3rd taking the bronze medal. 

Rachel Cawthorn (21 years old) European bronze medalists in the WK1 500m, was the first final of the day for Britain. Cawthorn was eager to get the day off to a strong start and determined to get back on the podium, after finishing 4th yesterday.  Focused on a medal Cawthorn pushed hard to close the gap to leaders,  with a final hard push with 100m to go Cawthorn crossed the line in 3rd claiming the bronze, finishing just behind the Olympic Champions from the Ukraine and Hungry.

Rachel Cawthorn comments:

 “I was really pleased with myself for turning it round from yesterday, I didn’t feel very well yesterday or this morning when I woke up, but I just decided that I just need to give it my all. I didn’t wear my lucky hair bands or do any of my usual lucky stuff, just decided I could do it. I knew I was down a long way, but I just wanted to know I had done everything I could in the race, so I focused on that. When I crossed the line I didn’t know where I had finished then it came up and I was so chuffed.”

Trevor Hunter women’s coach comments:

“She is just so gutsy there was no way she wasn’t going to get a medal after missing out yesterday in the 1000m. We are so proud of her for coming back so strong.”

In the MK1 500m final Olympic Champion Tim Brabants was to go for Great Britain in pursuit of another medal. 200m in Brabants caught some weed around his rudder adding extra resistance and drag to the boat, Brabants crossed the line in 4th.

 Tim Brabants comments:

“I was feeling really good and thought I was on for another medal until I felt a drag on the boat, at the end I noticed I had a lot of weed wrapped around my rudder. It’s really disappointing when that happens, although I am still delighted with my silver yesterday.”

Cawthorn was soon back in a boat to chase for another medal with team mates Edmonds, Manson and Sawers in the K4 1000m. As the boats blasted from the start Hungry and Poland drew away, leaving the British crew battling it out for bronze with Poland and Spain, finally crossing the finish line in 5th place.

The final racing of the day was the fast and furious 200m relays – Great Britain were eager to continue their medal success and finish the day off on the podium. Both the men’s and women’s relay teams made it through to the finals. The women were off first - Walker, Cawthorn, Manson and Edmonds raced hard but couldn’t quite find the medal winning pace finishing 6th.

The Mens 200m relay was the closing event of the Championships - with the new MK1 200m World Champion Ed McKeever and MK2 200m bronze medalists Heath and Schofield in the team it seemed inevitable that the British would be challenging for a podium finish. McKeever, Schofield, Heath and Cox used every ounce of power they had to battle for the gold against the Spanish just missing out by 0.4 sec taking the silver medal; making it a full house of medals for the 200m Men.

Brendan Purcell head coach Comments:

“It’s been such an exciting Championship; we made 5 Olympic A finals one more than last year, medaling in 4 out of the 5.  As a year its put us in a really strong position for securing Olympic places next year.  We also now have another World Champion which is awesome, we are now seen as a serious threat across multiple events, and are really starting to challenge the pecking order. Our group of athletes now believe and expect to be in the final and challenging for medals.”

Results can be found at the official event website -http://www.kayak2010.com