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Cawthorn ready for canoe sprint

August 9, 2012 07:52 am

Rachel Cawthorn will be looking to add to Team GB's medal haul on Thursday when she races in the women's 500 metre canoe sprint.

The 23-year-old from Guildford, Surrey, showed impressive form in the early rounds on Tuesday, winning her heat comfortably and then qualifying automatically after coming second in her semi-final.

She was concentrating on the K4 event but after finishing fifth in Wednesday's final, Cawthorn will be looking to snatch a medal in the individual race.

The former European champion is in lane seven, which is less exposed to the lake's harsh cross wind, and will hope to make an early impression against Italy's Josefa Idem when the race starts at 10.15am.

The 47-year-old former gold medallist is competing in her eighth Olympic Games, having first raced in Los Angeles in 1984. She beat Cawthorn in the semi-final.

Speaking after Wednesday's K4 defeat, Cawthorn, who prepares for every race with a couple of pilates-inspired headstands to work her core muscles, said: "I have one more chance to go out there and put down my best race and see what happens."

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