Ed takes another leap towards Olympic gold
Kingston alumnus Ed McKeever is on top form this season. He's Britain's fastest sprint kayaker over 200 metres and his aim of an Olympic gold is getting closer...
Ed started his season in April by beating every other British sprint kayaker at the first national regatta in Nottingham. He then raced at the first World Cup in Poznan, Poland, where he won convincingly over his international rivals.
Last weekend Ed was racing in Duisberg, Germany, for the second World Cup event. Ed blasted out the blocks like a bullet, stamped his authority on his opposition and went on to claim victory for the second weekend in a row.
Commenting on his World Cup performance Ed said: "It was a comfortable race for me, but a few of my main rivals were missing. It's still early days and although I am happy with my performance over the last few weekends, there is plenty more work to do over the next 10 weeks."
Even though Ed won the World Championships in 2010 and qualified a 'boat' to race at the London Olympics, he hasn't officially been selected yet. To be part of the team he will have to keep performing at his best until selection, in June.
If Ed gets selected he will be one of 550-strong Great Britain team to compete at the London 2012 Games, the largest British contingent since 1908.
Watch a video of Ed racing (he's in lane five, the white boat with the red tip).
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