|Maxime Richard will paddle the K1 200 for Belgium|
Yesterday, at the olympic venue itself, the nine paddlers (by the way, this morning the Team GB has confirmed one more quota place given to their women team) selected to compete for the Union Jack were introduced to the media and public audience. Belgium too has already got an official list of three paddlers for just two boats qualified, but with a very high level.
The British team seized the sunny day yesterday at Eton Dorney to present their Sprint team, which so far, waiting for the fifth woman place, to be announced on June 25th, is composed by:
|Team GB, yesterday at Eton Dorney|
K1 1.000: Tim Brabants
K1 200: Ed McKeever
K2 200: Liam Heath
C1 200 & 1.000: Richard Jefferies
K1 500: Rachel Cawthorn
K1 200: Jessica Walker
K4 500: Rachel Cawthorn
A very high level squad, most of all regarding the Men Kayak, where I think there should be at least two medals out of three potential. Tim Brabants is facing his fourth (and probably last) olympic games after a hard trial where Paul Wycherley made him squeeze until the last drop of his world-class quality. On the other hand, the C1 Richard Jefferies, under the coaching of a great veteran like Andrew Train, at his 25 years could be far from the medals, but getting the highest experience to go for the future with true guarantee at Worlds and next Olympics in Rio 2016. At Women, maybe the closest to the medals could be Rachel Cawthorn, maybe more specialized in 5.000 than in 500, but the absence of current World Champion Nicole Reinhardt, due to a shoulder injury, could open a bit more the chances for those entering the A Final and Cawthorn would have then a plus counting on the cheering of the British crowd.
For those interested in reading the wise expertise of former World Champion Ivan Lawler on this topic, you can read at this link his thoughts after World Cup 2 in Duisburg, where Brabants got the British spot by beating Wycherley.
|Olivier Cauwenbergh and Laurens Pannecoucke in action|
K1 200: Maxime Richard
K2 1.000: Olivier Cauwenbergh