Ed McKeever wins gold in kayak sprint at Eton Dorney

Gold: Ed McKeever

Gold: Ed McKeever

First published in London Olympics 2012 - Latest News

A canoeist dubbed the Usain Bolt of the water claimed a gold medal for Britain today.

Ed McKeever stormed to victory in the kayak sprint getting Team GB off to a glorious start on the last full day of Olympic competition.

Today's action could see Mo Farah become Britains greatest track and field athlete as he goes for gold in the 5,000m.

Victory in the event in which he is already world champion, seven days after he set the Olympic Stadium alight by winning the 10,000m, would top a golden Games for Team GB.

McKeever, from Wiltshire, led from the front watched by yet another packed crowd at Eton Dorney.

He punched the air as he crossed the line, splashing water at the side of his boat after winning gold.

After his victory the 28-year-old told the BBC he felt "not elation, more relief and so happy I could do it in front of the home crowd - its brilliant."

He said he woke up today at 5am "like a kid at Christmas wanting to open my presents.

"I am going to get that present in a minute, he said before his medal ceremony."

Asked how he felt about being dubbed the Usain Bolt of the water, he said: "Luckily I have the gold medal to go with it now. I am more worthy of that tagline.

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