Schofield takes bronze in latest World Cup race as Olympics in Brazil loom large

Jon Schofield and partner Liam Heath.
Jon Schofield and partner Liam Heath.
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Sawley’s Jon Schofield believes he and partner Liam Heath are heading firmly in the right direction after grabbing bronze at the canoe sprint World Cup in Racice.

The duo, who also won the same colour at the London 2012 Olympic Games, finished on the podium in the K2 200m, a vast improvement on their seventh-placed finish at last week’s World Cup in Duisburg, finishing just half a second off gold.

Schofield, who has already guaranteed his place at this summer’s Olympics in Rio, said: “The nature of racing at the high level these days is that if you execute a tiny bit off perfection then you are off the podium.

“And today we refined lots of little bits, the same as the other guys who also made it onto the podium.

“It feels like we are going in the right direction but we’re not going to get complacent. We know we are one of the world’s best and it’s all about getting it right on that one day in Rio.

“We will assess what we can improve on from here and how we can work on it over the next four weeks then assess it again at the Europeans.”

The former Clitheroe Royal Grammar School pupil and partner Heath set a new course record at the National Water Sports Centre, Nottingham on day two of the British Canoeing Sprint Olympic selection trails as they sealed their spot in Rio last month.

There was more success for Great Britain in Racice as Rebii Simon also won silver in the women’s K1 1000m.