Brabants and Sawers make final cut
5:38pm Monday 6th August 2012 in Sport
Reigning Olympic champion Tim Brabants qualified for Wednesday’s ‘A’ final after finishing fourth in his semi-final of the K1 kayak 1000m at Dorney Lake this morning.
Brabants, 35, was handed a tough semi-final lane draw when he was given the outside lane, but he managed to finish in a time of 3 minutes 30.769 seconds, after earlier qualifying for the semi-final
by finishing fifth in his heat.
Reigning world champion Adam van Koeverden of Canada looked in control as he powered to victory, and will be the favourite for Wednesday’s medal final.
"Unfortunately I drew the outside lane and I knew I'd have my work cut out because of the way the wind blows across the lake but the crowd gave me a lift,” said Brabants.
“It was a tight race and I'm pleased I made the final. I'm not in Beijing shape but you've got to be in the final to compete for Gold.
"Any guy could win, they are all such good athletes and I feel good, anything could happen in the final."
Team GB’s women’s K4 kayak 500m crew of Angela Hannah, Louisa Sawers, Jessica Walker and Rachel Cawthorn also qualified for their ‘A’ final after finishing fourth in the semi-final in a time of 1 minute 32.550 seconds.