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British medal hopes: Ed McKeever

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Dubbed the 'Usain Bolt of the water', sprint canoeist Ed McKeever is one of Great Britain's biggest medal hopes for the London Olympics.

Selected to compete in the 200m category for Team GB, the 28-year-old from Bradford-upon-Avon, has an abundance of pace on the water and an intense training regime to make most people wince.

McKeever won gold at the world championships in 2010 and topped the podium twice at the 2011 world cup series after having already record one of the fastest-ever times over the distance — 34.2 seconds.

The canoeist could be Team GB's last gold medallist of the Games due to the scheduling, and he is being widely tipped to be a gold medallist given his prowess over the short distance.

McKeever began canoeing at the age of just 11 after a school friend suggested that he take up the sport, simply because he stood out in terms of being athletic and strong.

But it was in 2003 that he made his name in the sport, racing with distinction at the first senior world championship in Gainesville, USA. He has been a regular in the British team since then, and will be expected to at least medal in the event, held at Dorney Lake.

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