09:24AM, Thursday 05 August 2021
Maidenhead’s Liam Heath added to his Olympic medal collection this morning (Thursday), winning bronze in the men’s kayak single 200m.
Defending champion Heath, who trains at Dorney Lake, recovered from a poor start to edge out Hungary’s Kolo Csizmadia for third place but he couldn’t quite catch Hungary’s Sandor Totka, who took gold in 35.035secs and Italy’s Manfredi Rizza who won silver.
The 36-year-old GB athlete couldn’t match his Olympic-best time of 33.985secs in qualifying, however, he clocked 35.202 secs to claim a medal at his third consecutive Games.
"I was maybe a bit hesitant off the start and didn't reach my potential in terms of peak speed," Heath told BBC Sport.
"I am still happy with the performance. It is hard [another medal] to put into words. It is what you work towards to be at your best for these events.
"It's hard to put into words, it's what you're working towards, to be at your best for these events and I've learned so much along my journey. You learn more about yourself, your competitors and the people you work with day in, day out. It's them working tirelessly behind the scenes which provides the support for me to be able to achieve my dreams.
"A massive thanks to everybody that's watching at home. Not quite the gold, but I'm happy with my performance so I hope you guys can be happy too.
"This is my first Olympics as a dad. That was an education in 2018, she was born in 2017 but the year after is when the work starts. She's absolutely incredible, my wife's amazing and their support is unwavering. Their love for me is more than I deserve. It's incredible.
"My future is something I have to think about a lot more seriously now, it's a joint decision for me, my wife and my whole family because of the effort that goes into each cycle. It's only a few years away now, it'll be a short cycle to Paris."
There was further good news in the Olympic Stadium as Windsor, Slough, Eton & Hounslow (WSEH) athlete Morgan Lake comfortably qualified for the women’s high jump final on Saturday.
Lake cleared 1.95m at her second attempt to make the automatic qualifying height for the final.
She tweeted: “Thank you for all the support so far. Second Olympic final pending.”
Her training partner Emily Borthwick equalled her pb with a clearance of 1.93m.