Sawley’s Schofield qualifies for K2 200m Olympic final in Rio

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)

Sawley’s Jon Schofield and K2 partner Liam Heath have qualified for tomorrow’s kayak sprint final in Rio after winning their semi-final.

The pair finished ahead of World champion German duo Tom Liebscher and Ronald Rauhe at Lagoa Rodrigo de Freitas while the Serbian crew of Nebojša Grujić and Marko Novaković came third.

Schofield and Heath, who won bronze at the Olympic Games in London four years ago, crossed the line in a time of 31.899 just 0.162 seconds ahead of their rivals.

Prior to jetting out to their holding camp in Belo Horizonte, Schofield said: “All we’re going to Rio to try and do is win because we’ve got a bit of unfinished business from London even though we were quite happy with it.

“Any time you race against the best guys in the world you’re aiming for the top and that means, ultimately, that you have to beat them. “We’ve got an Olympic medal, become Olympians, and now the only improvement would be to become Olympic champions. That’s what we both want.”