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Beijing Olympics 2008

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21 August 2008

Wainwright comeback claims berth in flatwater final

Lucy Wainwright has qualified for the final of the K1 500m flatwater canoe after a strong second half comeback.

The Loughborough graduate showed her grit after a sluggish start left her trailing in the wake of eventual winner Inna Osypenko-Radomska, from Ukraine, and South Africa’s Jennifer Hodson.

Down in fifth pace by the halfway stage, Wainwright produced a blazing second 250m to come through in second place in a time of 1:52.580, more than half a second ahead of Hodson in third.

“I didn’t get a good start again, but then I just kept flooring it all the way to the line,” she said. “It’s really quite tough out there. I guess I came here to make the finals but there’s so many great girls out there.

“I put pressure on myself because I made the finals in Athens (where she finished seventh), but if I can nail my start then who knows where I could finish?

“I’m paddling really well at the moment, but all the other girls seem to be going much faster too.”

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