Rachel's Superb World Cup Performance
Rachel Cawthorn's performance at the final 2010 ICF Canoe Sprint World Cup has more than earned her position as our Athlete of the Month.
Going into the World Cup...
Claiming no less than two golds and one bronze, Rachel's first 2010 appearance on the international stage went down a storm. Here are some of her reactions to the event:
“It feels like we’ve been waiting a while to race because we [Team GB Ladies] didn’t do the previous world cup races, it meant that I didn’t have a feel for where I would be against the competition, but I was ready to compete and looking forward to it.”
Commenting about her bronze medal in the Women's K1 200m; “I certainly didn’t expect to make the final, our training focuses on the longer distances of 500m and 1000m, so to make the final and then medal, that was a surprise!”
Day Two, Medals: Two
Talking about her 1000m where she was up against strong German competition Rachel said; “I had a good start, got caught up and then accelerated at the 500m mark. I just focused on thinking about going quickly and not the competition.”
The next day, Rachel was to compete in the K1 500m. Going into the race she seemed quite relaxed; “There will be some of the bigger names there, some of which won’t have competed in races beforehand like me, but I’m welcoming the shorter distance – to give my arms a bit of a rest!”
Giving it Her All...
Sure enough, on the third day came her third medal. The 500m was a real challenge after her packed weekend; “I found the semi-final much tougher than I had expected, it was hard to qualify to the final. In the final I couldn’t see [Josefa] Idem or [Katrin] Wagner-Augustin but I did have Henriette [Engel Hansen] nearby, she set off really fast so I just concentrated on chasing her. There were the big names in the 500m, some of which hadn’t competed in individual events yesterday, but I felt confident with what I had to do.”
Commenting on how she felt going into the race, “I felt a bit tired today after Friday and Saturday’s racing, but I achieve personal bests after a heavy week of training, so this was no different really – I knew I could do it here. My coach, Miklos Simon said that I should have saved a bit in yesterday’s 1000m race, after winning by such a margin, but I couldn’t resist speeding to the finish.”
Keep an eye out for our exclusive interview with Rachel which will be online soon.