Post-Rio spotlight on...canoeing


Canoe Sprint

Post-Rio spotlight on...canoeing

08 December 2016 / 16:21



Joe Clarke (Gold: men’s K1)

David Florence/Richard Hounslow (Silver: men’s C2)


Liam Heath (Gold: men’s K1 200m)

Liam Heath/Jon Schofield (Silver: K2 200m)






David Florence (C1/C2)

Richard Hounslow (C2)

Joe Clarke (K1)



Fiona Pennie (K1)




Liam Heath (K1 200m/ K2 200m)

Jon Schofield (K2 200m)



Lani Belcher (K2 500m)

Angela Hannah (K2 500m)

Jess Walker (K1 200m/ K4 500m)

Louisa Gurski (K4 500m)

Rachel Cawthorn (K1 500m/ K4 500m)

Rebeka Simon (K4 500m)



The Rio recap

While no longer holding the advantage of home water, Team GB still managed to match their London tally of four canoeing medals in Rio.

There were once again two gold medals as Joe Clarke and Liam Heath shared the success across the slalom and sprint disciplines.

Clarke claimed Team GB’s second gold of Rio 2016 when, as the eighth of ten finalists to go, he clocked a time of 88.53 seconds.

Thankfully for the Staffordshire lad, his rivals were unable to beat it and the gold was his, ending Britain’s 12-year wait for a medal in the men’s K1.


Sprinter canoeist Heath meanwhile had to bide his time before picking up Team GB’s 25th gold in Rio with victory in the men’s K1 200m.

For Heath, it completed the full set of Olympic medals after he had earlier backed up his men’s K2 200m bronze from London with another podium finish – this time silver – alongside Jon Schofield in Brazil.

The fourth medal of the meet went the way of David Florence and Richard Hounslow who matched their London achievement with silver in the men’s C2.

It means both Florence and Heath join Tim Brabants as Team GB’s most decorated canoeist in Olympic history with three medals apiece.


Did you know? Sprint canoeist Rebeka Simon is high superstitious and collects, among other things, teddy bears


Where to from here?

The Olympics may have passed for another four years but the sporting world, and that of canoeing, rolls on at pace.

Next year sees World Championships for both disciplines, with the sprint global gathering taking place first in Racice, Czech Republic in August followed a month later by the slalom equivalent in Pau, France.

There are also the respective European Championships and World Cups, meaning plenty to keep our British athletes busy.


Did you know? Olympic champion Joe Clarke is a big Stoke City fan and receive congratulatory messages from manager Mark Hughes and goalkeeper Jack Butland


Ones to watch


Bradley Forbes-Cryans

A K1 slalom kayaker, Bradley Forbes-Cryans was a regular in the world’s top 20 throughout 2015 and won silver in the K1 team event at the European Championships and bronze in the K1 team event at the World Championships.

2016 was only his second year on the senior British team too, meaning there is still plenty more to come from the Edinburgh-born paddler.



Kimberley Woods

A member of the 2016 British senior and under-23 teams in both the women’s C1 and K1 slalom canoe, Kimberley Woods will be looking to work towards Tokyo 2020.

She had an outstanding season in 2015, winning bronze at the Under-23 World Championships in both the C1 and C1 team event, and then collecting a silver in the K1 team event at the senior World Championships on her home course at Lee Valley.

Sportsbeat 2016

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