Belcher misses world gold but sees silver lining
Canoe Sprint

Belcher misses world gold but sees silver lining

23 August 2015 / 18:16

Lani Belcher says it’s been a mixed bag at the Canoe Sprint World Championships in Milan after she claimed silver in Sunday’s K1 5000m.

Belcher was disappointed not to come away with gold after she finished almost four seconds shy of Maryna Litvinchuk of Belarus.

However there was plenty to cheer as she took second and the women’s K4 500m also secured their spot at Rio 2016.

There was also another Rio place for Belcher and K2 500m partner Angela Hannah who provisionally qualified pending official confirmation.

"I'm pleased to come away with a medal although it would have been nice to get the gold,” said Belcher.

"I think we've had an up and down regatta, to be honest. For the girls the main focus was to come away with six athlete quota places.

"We've definitely got four so we're hoping to get those other two as well."

Elsewhere there was disappointment for Olympic champion Ed McKeever who finished eighth in his K1 200m B final.

That result means McKeever still needs to qualify his boat for Rio and he admits that recent weeks have been testing.

"It's really frustrating because training over the last few weeks has been really good," McKeever said.

"It's difficult to explain. I felt a bit flat. I was motivated but just didn't perform."

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