Schofield’s future is undecided

Liam Heath (left) and Jon Schofield pose with their silver medals on the podium at the Olympic Games in Rio
Liam Heath (left) and Jon Schofield pose with their silver medals on the podium at the Olympic Games in Rio

Double Olympic medalist Jon Schofield is unsure what the future holds after reaching the “pinnacle” of his career at the Games in Rio.

Alongside K2 200m sprint partner Liam Heath, the Sawley paddler secured a silver medal finish on the Lagoa Rodrigo de Freitas to upgrade the bronze accolade earned at London 2012 on Lake Dorney.

Rio is the pinnacle of my career so far but we’ve achieved so much in the sport

Jon Schofield

The pair culminated a frenetic race behind Spanish duo Cristian Toro and Saul Craviotto in August and edged ahead of the Lithuanian crew of Aurimas Lankas and Edvinas Ramanauskas by the narrowest of margins.

“It was pretty amazing and I think that I managed to enjoy it a little bit more second time around,” said Schofield.

“When we crossed the line I can remember it feeling like an eternity as we were awaiting the results. It felt like forever even though they were revealed within about 15 seconds of the race finishing.

“When we crossed the line we didn’t have a clue about where we’d finished. It was so close, it was ridiculous.”

He added: “The whole race was so compressed. The margin from third place was nothing and that just made things really tense.

“At the end we were just praying for good news and everything just slowed right down.

“It was a strange sensation and difficult to explain that feeling when it was revealed that we had won a silver medal.

“It was a much bigger result than London and we had been training hard for four years for that moment.

“It went from one extreme to another, from one emotion to another. We moved from that tension to sheer elation and relief.”

Preparing for the “Greatest Show on Earth” on two occasions has certainly taken its toll on the Team GB athletes and they’ll meet in the near future to discuss whether they’ll be a third installment.

“Our achievements in Rio has to be the best moment of my career,” Schofield said. “It’s got to be top. Like in many sports, the saying goes that you’re only as good as your last race or competition.

“We’ve progressed a lot over the last four years and I’m really proud to be at the top of our sport.

“Rio is the pinnacle of my career so far but we’ve achieved so much in the sport. We’ve succeeded across the board in the sport in every competition.

“Not many people can claim to have won silver at the Games and now we’re both Olympic double medalists.

“We’ve proved to be one of the best and most consistent crews in the sport and we became the first paddlers to medal at successive Olympic Games.

“I’m really proud to have achieved that and it feels quite surreal.

“I’m proud to have represented the sport like that. We’ve shown much more longevity than other crews in the world and we’ve continued to progress and develop as a partnership.”

He added: “The question of competing at another Olympics is one that I don’t know the answer to yet.

“It takes an incredible amount of hard work to prepare for something on that scale but we haven’t really addressed that yet.

“I would never say ‘never’ though. I’d compete every four years if I could. I guess you’ll just have to watch this space.

“We’ll come to a decision over the next couple of months. We’ll just reflect on Rio and enjoy that moment for the time being and have a bit of a break. We’ll just have to see how our bodies feel and then come to a decision.

“Everything is up in the air at the moment. Getting ready for the Euros and the World Championships is the aim but we’ll have to see.”