Sawley canoe ace lands two World Cup medals

MEDAL WINNERS: Jon Schofield and partner Liam Heath
MEDAL WINNERS: Jon Schofield and partner Liam Heath
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SAWLEY’S Jon Schofield claimed silver and gold at the Canoe Sprint World Cup in Duisburg.

Schofield and Liam Heath – who will compete at the Olympics – qualified for the K2 200m final having produced his second fastest time in the semi-final, and then replicated that performance.

In a tight fight for the line, the Russian pairing of Postrigay and Dyachenko sneaked in front, leaving the British with the silver medal ahead of French World champions Jouve and Hybois.

Satisfied with their race, Schofield said: “We had a perfect race and were really happy to beat the French who have been the bench mark for the last two years.

“The Russian crew have re-formed this year, and were on great form this weekend.

“We are satisfied we are getting faster, we just need to peak again now for the Europeans.”

The pair were then joined by K1 200m winner Ed McKeever and Ed Cox for the Men’s K1 200m relay final.

Confident in their ability as a foursome, having won medals at previous races, a podium finish seemed almost certain.

A great start from McKeever saw the Brits in the lead, which was held by Heath and Schofield in the middle.

In the lead with the final leg to go, Cox took over to bring the Brits the gold.

Cox said: “We are really pleased – it was a great race on bumpy water.

“We were just in the lead as I was handed the final leg, so I dug deep and focused on the finish line, which we got to first.”

Team GB performance director John Anderson said: “It’s been a very good day, and we are really pleased with the 200m medals.

“Ed in the K1 and Jon and Liam in the K2 have showed a great level of consistency over the World Cups.

“They have had a great winter of training and gone faster along with the event, which bodes well for the Europeans. The gold in the relay topped the day off.”