Rachel gets a head start

KAYAK SPRINT

Midweek Sport - - THURSDAY AUG 9 -

RACHEL CAWTHORN has re­vealed how a head­stand helped pro­pel her into to­mor­row’s sprint kayak fi­nal.

The 23-year-old is on course to claim a medal in the 500m event af­ter a strong dis­play to fin­ish sec­ond in yes­ter­day’s semi-fi­nal.

And Cawthorn claims her suc­cess is down to ditch­ing her su­per­sti­tions and per­form­ing two head­stands be­fore she hits the wa­ter.

She said: “I don’t re­ally have any lucky stuff any more. I used to have a lucky hair­band and a lucky penny, but I aban­doned them a cou­ple of years ago when I thought I didn’t ac­tu­ally need them.

“But be­fore the race cou­ple of head­stands.

“I just do a bit of pi­lates be­fore I go be­cause it’s part of my rou­tine.

“It switches on my core and pre­pares me to go out.”

Cawthorn could go into her solo fi­nal with a medal al­ready around her neck af­ter to­day’s K4 women’s 500m fi­nal.

Cawthorn will be joined by Jess Walker, An­gela Han­nah and Louisa Saw­ers as GB’s women go for gold.

Bei­jing win­ner Tim Bra­bants will try to se­cure an­other suc­cess for him­self and Team GB in to­day’s 1,000m solo sprint.

But Bra­bants heads into the fi­nal stages as an out­sider af­ter miss­ing the whole of the 2010 sea­son with a shoul­der in­jury.

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