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Tim Brabants Finishes Eighth in K1 1000m

Veteran Team GB paddler finishes 8th in the final of todays K1 1000m Canoe Sprint eventHopes that Team GB Canoe Sprint competitor Tim Brabants would add another medal to the growing pile of British 2012 trophies were dashed today when the veteran paddler finished eighth in the Final of the Kayak Single (K1) 1000m race at Eton Dorney. Brabants, who took gold in Beijing 2008, is the most successful kayaker the United Kingdom has ever produced, with a distinguished sporting career that stretches back to the 2000 Athens Olympic Games.
Speaking to the Guardian Newspaper after the race, Brabants conceded that London 2012 was probably the last time he will represent Great Britain at the Olympics. The esteemed paddler will be 39-years-old by the time Rio 2016 is with us, making it unlikely (but not impossible) that he could compete effectively against the younger international field. Indeed, there had been some doubts as to whether Brabants would compete this year, but his appearance at London 2012 never really seemed in doubt.
Tim Brabants has three Olympic medals to his name – one gold and two bronzes. His gold medal was for the 2008 Kayak Single (K1) event. Incredibly, Brabants also won a bronze medal at the same Olympics in the Kayak Single (K1) 500m, securing his reputation as an international elite paddler. In 2007 he took the World Champions title in the K1 1000m.
Words By A.L.Cuin.
Photo courtesy of NHS Employers (Flickr Creative Commons)

Tags: K1, Kayak, London 2012, Olympics, Team GB, Tim Brabants

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