Liam Heath added more medals to his record-breaking collection, winning silver in the K1 200m on the final day of the European Canoe Sprint Championships, being held in Poznan, Poland.
Sunday 6 June 2021
The reigning Olympic champion qualified straight through to the A Final having won his heat on Friday.
Facing a world class field and headwind, Liam powered out of the blocks and was always in the mix as the field crossed the finish buoys en masse. After a nervous wait, the photo finish confirmed the race winner as Sandor Totka of Hungary in a time of 35.385, with Liam just 0.02 second behind in 35.407 and Petter Mennings of Sweden claiming the bronze (35.537).
Liam was happy with the result as he looks to build towards the rescheduled Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games next month.
“Obviously we all go into our races with the aim to win but it’s really exciting when it’s that tight,” he said. “You know you’re going fast when you’re in the mix in such a quality field.”
“I knew it was a close finish and we had a wait at the end to see what the final results were and I just got pipped on the line by Sandor.
“It’s always good to race in high quality fields, the best in Europe, to go through the routine and fine tuning the things we’ve been working on in training.
“Every good performance at this level provides another layer of experience to learn from and it helps to build confidence.
“Everyone has very different training strategies so it’s amazing we can all finish within such a small margin, but that’s what makes it really exciting. It keeps the pressure on, keeps the drive to push harder in training and more motivation to push myself to the limits.
“The standard of racing hasn’t diminished across the world this year so it’s back to the next hard block of training and full steam ahead to Tokyo now.”
Saturday 5 June 2021
Best ever European result for Emily Lewis in Poznan
Emily Lewis raced to a best ever result at the European Canoe Sprint Championships being held in Poznan, Poland this weekend.
Emily Lewis powered to seventh place in the K1 200m at the European Championships today, her best ever finish at the event.
Having comfortably come through her semi-final this morning, she lined up in lane 1 in the final against a world class field.
In the race, which was eventually won by reigning Champion Emma Jorgensen in 41.746, Emily came home in seventh place with a time of 43.431.
Despite the personal best result, the Worcester Canoe Club member, who now trains with Liam Heath, admitted that she was a perfectionist and can always see room for improvements.
"I really enjoyed racing here this weekend, without the pressure of selection," she said.
“It was a tough race into a headwind and it would have been nice to have picked off a few more of the girls. I’m never fully satisfied and I’m always looking for improvements.
“We’ve got a big training block ahead of us now ahead of the rest of the season and I’m looking forward to seeing where I can go from here and what improvements I can make, particularly in the back end of my races.”
Having qualified straight through to the final, Liam Heath sits out of the action today and will be back in the start buckets for the final of the Men's K1 200m at 1100.
Friday 4 June 2021
Heath and Lewis through to next stages at European Championships
Liam Heath and Emily Lewis will take part in the next rounds of their respective events having delivered strong performances on day one of the canoe sprint European Championships in Poznan, Poland.
Off the back of a World Cup gold in Szeged last month, Liam Heath returned to the water once again as part of his Tokyo preparations for the upcoming Olympic Games, racing the men's K1 200m heats.
It was another strong heats delivery from the current Olympic Champion as he powered to victory and straight into Sunday's A final with a time of 36.14, leaving over a second difference between him and the runner up of the heat.
He will next line up in the A Final on Sunday.
Emily Lewis got the day off to a strong start, with a strong run putting her into the semi-finals of the women's K1 200m after a fourth place finish in Heat 2.
It was a strong field that Emily was part of and narrowly missed on a place direct into the A final with a time of 42.70, just 0.2 off the third place needed.
She will line up in the semi-final at 8:40 on Saturday.