Schofield on the podium

TOP TEAM: Jon Schofield and partner Liam Heath

TOP TEAM: Jon Schofield and partner Liam Heath

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OLYMPIC hopeful Jon Schofield enhanced his London 2012 ambitions with two podium finishes at the Great Britain Selection Regatta in Nottingham for the start of the Sprint Racing season.

The canoeist, from Sawley, a former pupil of Clitheroe Royal Grammar School, came first in the K2 200m event with partner Liam Heath, ahead of current world champion Ed McKeever, who had teamed up with Andy Daniels.

The top three British 200m athletes then battled it out for individual selection.

Having been beaten by Heath on Saturday, McKeever took to the water with nothing but focus in his eyes and led the race from the start, winning with a comfortable gap. Heath took second with local lad Schofield finishing third.

The regatta, coupled with a progressive winter’s training in Australia and Spain, sets up the trio well for this year’s international season with World Cup Races in Poznan, Poland, held between May 6th and May 8th, and Racice in the Czech Republic.

They will miss the third World Cup at Duisburg, Germany, to prepare for the European Championships in Belgrade, Serbia, in June, and the World Championships at Szeged, in Hungary.

Schofield already has a wealth of experience on the world stage, securing gold medals in the K2 200m events at Szeged and Duisburg in 2010, as well as a second-place finish in the K1 200m relay.