Clitheroe’s Jon Schofield takes bronze in Olympics kayak sprint: photos

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PRIME Minister David Cameron was in the crowd as Sawley’s Jon Schofield became a medal-winning Olympian over the weekend.

The Conservative Party Leader cheered Schofield and K2 partner Liam Heath to the line as the pair scooped Bronze in the 200m sprint, a discipline seen for the first time at the Games.

The European champions had looked set for silver as they approached the final few strokes but were pipped to the line by the fast-finishing Belarus crew of Raman Piatrushenka and Vadzim Makhneu. Dominant Russian duo Yuri Postrigay and Alexander Dyachenko deservedly took the gold medal.

Schofield said: “That was a long race and I didn’t think we were going to make it to the line. The last few days have been horrible. We weren’t happy with our heat and we were worried. But that start was amazing and we just about held on to get a medal.”

After finishing second in the heats to Belarus, the British pairing endured another slow start in the semi-final as the powerful physiques of their Russian rivals stormed to victory. But they made a vastly improved start in the final, rising to the support of the vociferous home crowd and ploughing ahead of the French double world champions duo to take a Bronze medal, creating history in the process.

The duo commented: “We were just glad to finish, the head wind was strong and we just held on as long as we could, we’re delighted with the result.”