Adam Burgess narrowly missed out on the podium as he finished fourth in the men’s C1 final on day two of the canoe slalom at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.
After putting down a fantastic run in the final of his first Olympic Games, Adam posted a clean time of 103.86, just 0.16 seconds behind Sideris Tasiadis in third place.
After progressing through the heats the day before in impressive fashion, Adam returned to the Kasai Canoe Slalom course for the semi-finals, putting down a strong run in to qualify to the final in eighth place despite a touch on gate 18.
It was an incredibly tight turnaround for Adam as he returned to the Tokyo waters just one hour later to post a clean, composed and powerful performance which put him top of the leaderboard after three paddlers, with seven still to go.
He then had the nervous wait for the rest of the field to go down, with Lukas Rohan the athlete to put him outside the top three.
It is a competition the Stafford and Stone athlete can be incredibly proud of.
Speaking after his final, Adam said:
I am proud, I did really well to hold the run together and put something down on what is a really difficult course.– Adam Burgess
“I made some mistakes early on. It was getting more and more physical and harder and harder to hold it together. Just not quite good enough there today.
“I was really pleased with my semi-final performance. I had a really good top half and I saw the way the event was going before me and backed off a little bit to make sure I got the job done.
“I wanted the early start in the final. Less pressure and less to think about. No regrets about the semi-finals at all.”
The Olympic Games has been a longer wait than most for Burgess and his British team mates, with the canoe slalom team announced for the Tokyo 700 days ago today, but following the postponement due to Covid-19, Adam was pleased to have the Olympics as a target.
“I have known for a long time I was going to be coming here. October 2019 when we had our announcement. I think it was an advantage that the British team select early, which means we can focus on it.
“The postponement obviously came in. I tend to stay positive and from the word go I really wanted to use this one year better than anybody else. It was great to have something to work towards and I am lucky I had the Olympic Games in my calendar.
“It was a tight turn around. I have made massive improvements on my confidence to put multiple runs down in a short period of time. We were practicing this back in January/February. It was long enough to refuel and try and relax.”
Attention now turns to Kimberley Woods who will be competing in the women’s K1 semi-finals tomorrow morning from 6am.
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Adam Burgess (Stafford & Stone)
C1 Men Semi-final - 106.18 qualifies to the final in 8th place
C1 Men Final 103.86 - 4th place
The full results are available on the Tokyo 2020 website.
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