Updated: 11/08/2012 15:10 | By pa.press.net

McKeever claims GB gold in canoe sprint



Ed McKeever claimed gold for Team GB in the canoe sprint

Ed McKeever claimed gold for Team GB in the canoe sprint

Ed McKeever stormed to gold for Britain in the 200m kayak sprint at Eton Dorney.

The 28-year-old canoeist from Bradford-on-Avon, Wiltshire, led from the start as he powered over the line ahead of Spaniard Saul Craviotto Rivero and Canadian Mark de Jonge.

He punched the air as he crossed the line, splashing water at the side of his boat after winning gold. There was a slight headwind on the lake which meant his winning time of 36.246 seconds was slower than both the times he recorded in Friday's heats and semi-final.

McKeever said he woke up at 5am "like a kid at Christmas wanting to open my presents".

"I am going to get that present in a minute," he told the BBC before his medal ceremony.

McKeever said the race was "really painful" and a headwind made it feel "that bit longer".

"I was really just focused on the first two or three strokes and I wanted to nail those and get out cleanly," he said.

Asked how he was feeling as he crossed the line, McKeever said: "Just relief. It sounds strange. Not elation, more relief and so happy I could do it in front of the home crowd - it's brilliant."

Asked how he felt about being dubbed the "Usain Bolt of the water", McKeever added: "Luckily I have the gold medal to go with it now. I am more willing of that tagline.

"I am just so pleased that I could do well. I was really buzzing, in the zone and wanting to do well. I haven't made any long term plans yet. It could still go either way. I could have a career ahead of me but I am just waiting to see how I feel after this."

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11/08/2012 10:22
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4 minutes and the spammers have struck already! Get a grip MSN! Do something about it
However, what a great achievement!! Brilliant paddling for yet another Gold!!!
11/08/2012 11:22
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Brilliant, anyone who makes sacrifices for 4 years or more, and acheives their dreams must be delighted.

 

11/08/2012 12:27
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The Olympics have proved beyond a shadow of doubt that investment in sport will pay off,so politicians (of all parties) take note and invest in the economy so we have hope for the future...and will the British success in the medals table bring an end to selling off school playing fields to private developers.

 

Well done to every athlete who gave 100%.

11/08/2012 10:17
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A true inspiration. Perhaps every local authority with a park lake capable of even a 50 metre dash should encourage kids to take part in regular events which may "whet the appetite" (no pun intended).
11/08/2012 10:15
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11/08/2012 12:16
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Well done Ed McKeever fantastic win.

 

And well done to MSN the muppets in getting a gold for spam.

11/08/2012 10:19
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i did K1 at amature level for years, its not easy... well done Ed. Never heard of a 200m sprint though

11/08/2012 11:00
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The Spam is annoying as you say Graham but if everyone were to click on the Spam link each time in the bottom right corner it might force Microsoft to do something about it..  Trouble is it's not visible until you hover over the post which is perhaps why more of us don't do this but it only takes a fraction of a seond to do so.

11/08/2012 11:34
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well done, what an inspiration to the young generations!
11/08/2012 11:18
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Hi Spotty Dog, If you click the spam Button  it deletes the porn add, but if you log off for a second and then log back in the same spam will be back in the same place. I can only conclude from this that MSN are being paid for these scams
11/08/2012 13:11
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Well done Ed.  Not often the McKeever name is prominent.  Dennis McKeever
11/08/2012 12:05
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Well done ED,Did us proud,good luck in the future.
11/08/2012 14:50
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Anok, have you ever done a days sport in your life? I bet the only running you have done is a bath.

 

Health is wealth.

11/08/2012 15:08
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I cannot believe some comments, views and beliefs. The Olypic games re-affirm pride in your nation, pride in your world as a whole. Moreover,had anyone had studied ecnomics at all, they would realise the enormous value to the host country. Tut tut. Is everyone out there so limited in intelligence?
11/08/2012 19:00
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Well done!!

 

And to the numpties moaning about sport being detremental to the economy, i guess you are bunch of pre 30 year old idealistic left wing saddos, who are really poor at sport. Sport is an important facet of

a healthy society, you people are not.

11/08/2012 17:41
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fantastic win, well done!

 

 

is there no way these date sites can be blocked out??

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McKeever claims GB gold in canoe sprintEd McKeever stormed to gold for Britain in the 200m kayak sprint at Eton Dorney.pa.press.net2012-08-11T15:10:082012-08-11T15:10:08Ed McKeever claimed gold for Team GB in the canoe sprintEd McKeever stormed to gold for Britain in the 200m kayak sprint at Eton Dorney.The 28-year-old canoeist from Bradford-on-Avon, Wiltshire, led from the start as he powered over the line ahead of Spaniard Saul Craviotto Rivero and Canadian Mark de Jonge.He punched the air as he crossed the line, splashing water at the side of his boat after winning gold. There was a slight headwind on the lake which meant his winning time of 36.246 seconds was slower than both the times he recorded in Friday's heats and semi-final.McKeever said he woke up at 5am "like a kid at Christmas wanting to open my presents"."I am going to get that present in a minute," he told the BBC before his medal ceremony.McKeever said the race was "really painful" and a headwind made it feel "that bit longer"."I was really just focused on the first two or three strokes and I wanted to nail those and get out cleanly," he said.Asked how he was feeling as he crossed the line, McKeever said: "Just relief. It sounds strange. Not elation, more relief and so happy I could do it in front of the home crowd - it's brilliant."Asked how he felt about being dubbed the "Usain Bolt of the water", McKeever added: "Luckily I have the gold medal to go with it now. I am more willing of that tagline."I am just so pleased that I could do well. I was really buzzing, in the zone and wanting to do well. I haven't made any long term plans yet. It could still go either way. I could have a career ahead of me but I am just waiting to see how I feel after this."seo_keywordsGB canoe McKeever Sa10Ed McKeever claimed gold for Team GB in the canoe sprintEd McKeever claimed gold for Team GB in the canoe sprintEd McKeever claimed gold for Team GB in the canoe sprintEd McKeever claimed gold for Team GB in the canoe sprintEd McKeever claimed gold for Team GB in the canoe sprintEd McKeever claimed gold for Team GB in the canoe sprintEd McKeever claimed gold for Team GB in the canoe sprintEd McKeever claimed gold for Team GB in the canoe sprintEd McKeever claimed gold for Team GB in the canoe sprintEd McKeever claimed gold for Team GB in the canoe sprintEd McKeever claimed gold for Team GB in the canoe sprintEd McKeever claimed gold for Team GB in the canoe sprintEd McKeever claimed gold for Team GB in the canoe sprintEd McKeever claimed gold for Team GB in the canoe sprintEd McKeever claimed gold for Team GB in the canoe sprintEd McKeever claimed gold for Team GB in the canoe sprintEd McKeever claimed gold for Team GB in the canoe sprintEd McKeever claimed gold for Team GB in the canoe sprintEd McKeever claimed gold for Team GB in the canoe sprintEd McKeever claimed gold for Team GB in the canoe sprintEd McKeever claimed gold for Team GB in the canoe sprintEd McKeever claimed gold for Team GB in the canoe sprintEd McKeever claimed gold for Team GB in the canoe sprintEd McKeever claimed gold for Team GB in the canoe sprintEd McKeever claimed gold for Team GB in the canoe sprintEd McKeever claimed gold for Team GB in the canoe sprintEd McKeever claimed gold for Team GB in the canoe sprintEd McKeever claimed gold for Team GB in the canoe sprintEd McKeever claimed gold for Team GB in the canoe sprintEd McKeever claimed gold for Team GB in the canoe sprintEd McKeever claimed gold for Team GB in the canoe sprintEd McKeever claimed gold for Team GB in the canoe sprintEd McKeever claimed gold for Team GB in the canoe sprintEd McKeever claimed gold for Team GB in the canoe sprintEd McKeever claimed gold for Team GB in the canoe sprintEd McKeever claimed gold for Team GB in the canoe sprintEd McKeever claimed gold for Team GB in the canoe sprintEd McKeever claimed gold for Team GB in the canoe sprintEd McKeever claimed gold for Team GB in the canoe sprint

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