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Ed McKeever Sets New Olympic Best in Men’s Kayak Single (K1) 200m

British paddler, Ed McKeever robbed Canadian Mark de Jong of his shortly held Olympic Best title after the Brit set a new record moments after de Jong. The action continues at Eton Dorney tomorrowBritish kayaker, Ed McKeever, has set a new Olympic record today in the opening Heats of the Men’s Kayak Single (K1) 200m event and he did so minutes after Canadian, Mark de Jong had done exactly the same. With a finish of 35.396, Mark shaved time off the original Olympic record, but only got to enjoy the title for a few minutes thanks to an epic performance from Ed McKeever.
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Following their record breaking success in the Heats, both Mark de Jong and Ed McKeever went on to finish top of their semis (with slightly slower times). Many pundits and commentators are now billing the final as a battle between the Brit and the Canadian. The final is due to take place tomorrow at Eton Dorney.
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McKeever is a former European and World Champion with an impressive haul of medals to his name. This year saw the 28-year-old former accountant take triple gold at the Canoe Sprint World Cups. Marc de Jong, also 28-years-old, is making his Olympic debut, having taken silver and bronze in the Pan American Games in the K4 1000m and the K1 500m (respectively).
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Words By A.L.Cuin

Tags: Ed McKeever, K1 200m, Kayak, London 2012, Mark de Jong, Olympic Games

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