McKeever claims GB gold in 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."
However, what a great achievement!! Brilliant paddling for yet another Gold!!!
Brilliant, anyone who makes sacrifices for 4 years or more, and acheives their dreams must be delighted.
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%.
Well done Ed McKeever fantastic win.
And well done to MSN the muppets in getting a gold for spam.
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.
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.
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.
fantastic win, well done!
is there no way these date sites can be blocked out??