Team GB’s Liam Heath misses retaining his K1 200m title after hampering a poor start in the final, but he does claim bronze at the Tokyo Olympics with Hungary’s Sandor Totka taking gold
Liam Heath took bronze in the men’s K1 200m event on Thursday morning after a slow start reduced his chances of successfully defending his Rio title.
The 36-year-old from Guildford previously qualified second in the semi-finals at the Sea Forest Waterway, but a poor start – his weakness during this week – meant he couldn’t beat Hungary’s Sandor Totka, who took gold in 35.035 seconds. .
Heath finished just behind with 35.202s. Manfredi Rizza from Italy took silver.
Liam Heath gave himself too much to do after a disappointing start in the K1 200m final
Heath, who set an Olympic best time of 33.985 seconds in Wednesday’s qualifying, was bidding for a fourth Olympic medal after previous K2 sprint success at the Rio and London 2012 Games.
Team GB’s Deborah Kerr, a women’s K1 200m finalist, returned to action in the K1 500m semi-finals.
However, the 23-year-old Scot was unable to threaten to qualify for the final, finishing seventh as Hungary’s Tamara Csipes and Belgium’s Hermien Peters progressed.