Brabants heads sprint canoe team
Tim Brabants is among the nine athletes selected by the British Olympic Association to represent Team GB in the flat-water Canoe Sprint.
Brabants, Edward McKeever, Liam Heath, Jonathan Schofield, Jessica Walker, Rachel Cawthorn, Angela Hannah and Louisa Sawers will compete in the kayak across six events at London 2012, with Richard Jefferies racing in the canoe in two events.
Brabants, competing in his fourth Games, will be defending the K1 1000m crown he won in Beijing four years ago.
London-born Brabants also picked up a bronze in the K1 500m event but he became the first Briton to win a gold medal in either the sprint or slalom kayak discipline after leading from start to finish.
Team GB chef de mission Andy Hunt said: "The Canoe Sprint team has really progressed since Tim Brabants won the first ever medal for Team GB by taking bronze in Sydney back in 2000.
"Having a veteran and defending Olympic champion like Tim in the team will be a huge inspiration to everyone involved, and it is a chance for the younger competitors and the debutants to use that kind of motivation to create their own Olympic legacy."
The 35-year-old had to come through a best-of-three race-off with compatriot Paul Wycherley to secure his place in this year's Games, however.
He said: "I am really excited to be selected for my fourth Olympic Games. Now the selection process is complete, I can really focus on defending my Olympic title in London 2012."
This year's Olympics marks the first time 200m events have been included, with Heath and Schofield expected to shine in the men's K2 after winning two silver medals in their World Cup events as well as a silver medal at the 2011 World Championships in Szeged.
McKeever and Walker line-up in the individual 200m men's and women's events respectively, while sole British canoeist Jefferies will also compete in the shorter format as well as the C1 1000m.
Rachel Cawthorn became the first British woman to win a medal at the world championships with bronze in Poznan two years ago and will compete in the women's K1 500m in London.
The two individual female kayakers will combine their efforts in the women's K4 500m alongside Angela Hannah and Louisa Sawers, both of whom are making their first appearance in an Olympic Games.
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