London 2012 bronze medallists Jon Schofield and Liam Heath set a new course record at the GB selection regatta.
British canoeist Jon Schofield admits he would relish the opportunity of competing at his first foreign Olympic Games after he and partner Liam Heath guaranteed their nomination for a spot on Team GB at the selection trials in Nottingham.
The pair, who won bronze at London 2012, set a new course record of 32.31 seconds in the K2 200m to put them firmly in the hotseat ahead of the Rio team being announced in June.
Heath had earlier taken the win in the single kayak event, pushing Olympic champion Ed McKeever into second place with Schofield in third.
Heath’s Olympic berth is already secured in the K2 after finishing fifth in the 200m at last year’s World Championships in Milan, but he remains confident he can push himself up in the rankings ahead of competing in Rio.
“This is one of the first races I have done this year, so it is just nice to get out and enjoy some good conditions following a bit of taper in and see what you can do,” he said.
“It was a great race, I tied up towards the end, so there is a little bit more work to do but I am quite focused on the K2 which is my priority, but I am enjoying the K1 and seeing what I am capable of.”
The duo of Angela Hannah and Lani Belcher also set a new course record in the women’s K2 500m, but will have to wait until May to book their place on the Olympic squad at the second round European continental qualification event in Duisburg, Germany.
Elsewhere, Chris Calvert took the win in the canoe discipline and hopes to be rewarded with a place to contest second round Olympic qualification.
Following the two days of selection trials the British Canoeing International Panel will confirm the team later this week to compete at the second round European Continental Olympic Qualification event in Duisburg 18-19 May.
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