Heath wins Silver as successful World Cup series concludes in Belgrade

Published 4 June 2017

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Update from British Canoeing

Olympic Champion Liam Heath ended the ICF World Cup series in Belgrade today with silver in a closely fought men’s K1 200 A final.

This event produces the tightest racing in canoe sprint and it doesn’t come much closer than today’s final.  A mere hundredth of a second separated Heath from race winner, Maxime Beaumont of France, who crossed the line in 35.422 seconds.

A gold last weekend in Szeged and a silver today is a fine start to the season for Heath, although the intense spell of racing has taken its toll.  

Now he is looking forward to easing back slightly next week before the next block of training leading into the European Championships in Plovdiv (23-27 July).

“I don’t think I was firing on all cylinders today,” Heath continued.  “It’s been quite a long trip out here with last weekend and this one, so I’m happy to walk away with silver today.

“It’s been a very good start to the season and it shows that our training is in the right place and we’ve got a good block of training now before the Europeans.

“Next week I’ll drop down with a bit of gym work, then I’ll have a little break with my wife before getting back to hard training for a kind of microcycle.”

In the day’s other action Britain’s Rio Olympian Jess Walker finished sixth in the K1W 200m A final.  

The new pairing of Hannah Brown and Angela Hannah raced well to finish fifth in the K2W 200m A Final, racing just half an hour after they competed in the K2W 500m B final where they came fourth.

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