Sawley canoeist Schofield lands gold

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Olympic canoeist Jon Schofield is showing is he well on track for Rio 2016 after picking up sprint gold in Denmark.

Schofield, with his partner Liam Heath, beat Swedes Erik Svensson and Christian Svanqvist by a quarter boat length to win K2 200m gold at the Sprint World Cup 3, being held in Copenhagen.

It followed the Olympic bronze medallists’ third-place finish at last weekend’s race in Duisburg and Heath said the win showed that the pair were going in the right direction ahead of a busy period.

“It’s fantastic to win the gold and it’s a great indication of where we are standing and how our training has been going,” he said.

“Today we had slightly more challenging conditions than in Duisburg and the start wasn’t as good as we would have liked, but we were quite strong through the middle and to the end.”

However, he admitted there was still plenty of work to be done in the coming weeks.

“It highlights areas we need to work on over the next few weeks and months leading into the European Games and World Championships.

“We will work on developing and fine tuning everything, working a lot more on the back end of the race, the fatigue stage, which means a lot more endurance and a lot more longer-paced work.”

The final event of the series will be the World Championships in August in Montemor, Portugal.