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Liam Heath clinches 25th gold for Britain

Liam Heath brought home Britain's 25th gold medal, winning the men's canoe sprint in a neck-and-neck battle with France's Maxime Beaumont.

By: Reuters | Rio De Janeiro |
August 20, 2016 8:29:25 pm
Liam Heath, Liam Heath gold medal, Liam Heath britain gold, Liam Heath rowing, Rio 2016 Olympics, Olympics, Rio Liam Heath, 32, claimed victory in 35.197 seconds, just 0.165 seconds faster than silver medallist Beaumont. (Source: AP)

Liam Heath brought home Britain’s 25th gold medal on Saturday, winning the men’s K-1 200-metre canoe sprint in a neck-and-neck battle with France’s Maxime Beaumont.

Heath, 32, claimed victory in 35.197 seconds, just 0.165 seconds faster than silver medallist Beaumont.

Spain’s Saul Craviotto and Germany’s Ronald Rauhe tied for bronze, with identical finishing times down to the thousandth of a second.

Heath said he was overjoyed by the results.

“I could be up with Jesus Christ looking down,” said Heath. “It’s an absolutely incredible feeling. Hard to put into words.”

The British paddler won silver in the men’s K-2 200m race on Thursday. In the 2012 Games, he took bronze in that same event.

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