Tokyo 2020: Team GB's Liam Heath adds FOURTH medal to his collection with bronze – but rues slow start in 200m kayak

Tokyo 2020: Team GB's Liam Heath adds FOURTH medal to his collection with bronze – but rues slow start in 200m kayak

August 5, 2021

LIAM HEATH'S Olympic crown was stolen off his head but he still grabbed a 200m kayak sprint bronze.

In a thrilling race, the 36-year-old from Guildford gave every last drop of sweat as he tried to retain his title.


But it was not quite enough in an astonishing blanket finish that saw Hungarian Sandor Totka take gold despite leaving the water on his final stroke, ahead of Italy’s Manfredi Rizza.

Heath, in 35.202, was third and will be disappointed as he paddled more quickly in the semi-final.

Yet that should not diminish his efforts as he got on the Olympic podium for the fourth time in three Games.

Starting in lane three, with Hungarians Kolos Csizmadia and Totka to his left, Heath knew there was no margin for error.

He did not make an obvious mistake and was just short.

It was perhaps no surprise that Heath was not quite able to repeat his Rio wondershow on the Sea Forest Waterway.

Heath needed to go through the quarter-finals after only coming third in his initial heat, although he then responded by setting an Olympic record.

He was only second – albeit by just nine thousandths of a second – to Hungary’s Kolos Csizmadia in his semi-final.

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And despite giving it everything, Heath was forced to settle for third and take his fourth Olympic medal after picking up gold and silver in Rio and bronze in London.

He admitted afterwards he was uncertain about competing at the next Olympics.

But despite what he admitted was a "hesitant" start Heath insisted he was "happy" with bronze.

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