Jon just misses out on bronze in Baku

Bronze medallists Britain's Liam Heath (R) and Jon Schofield stand on the podium during the victory ceremony for the men's kayak double (K2) 200m final at the Eton Dorney during the London 2012 Olympic Games August 11, 2012.  REUTERS/Jim Young (BRITAIN  - Tags: OLYMPICS SPORT CANOEING)

Bronze medallists Britain's Liam Heath (R) and Jon Schofield stand on the podium during the victory ceremony for the men's kayak double (K2) 200m final at the Eton Dorney during the London 2012 Olympic Games August 11, 2012. REUTERS/Jim Young (BRITAIN - Tags: OLYMPICS SPORT CANOEING)

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Sawley’s Jon Schofield was agonisingly denied a bronze medal at the first European Games in Baku on Tuesday.

Competing in the Canoe Sprint Men’s Kayak Double (K2) 200m with long-time partner Liam Heath, the pair finished equal fourth, 0.006 of a second behind third place.

The event was won by Serbians Nebojsa Grujic and Marko Novakovic in 31.910, ahead of Germans Ronald Rauhe and and Tom Liebscher (31.983).

Third were Sandor Totka and Peter Molnar of Hungary in 32.512.

They narrowly edged out 2012 Olympic bronze medallists and European Champship winners Schofield and Heath, who were tied for fourth with Yury Postrygay and Alexander Dyachenko of Russia.

Former Clitheroe Royal Grammar School pupil Schofield said on his Twitter account: “Gutted with 4th place today by narrowest of margins!

“However it was a pleasure as always to race such great athletes and represent @TeamGB.”