Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) student Ed McKeever has won gold for Team GB in the Kayak Single (K1) 200m at the London 2012 Olympics.
McKeever, who has been dubbed the ‘Usain Bolt of the water’, beat rivals, Spaniard Saul Craviotto Rivero, who took silver and Canada’s Mark de Jonge, who took bronze, on Saturday to take the 26th gold medal for Team GB.
The 29-year old accounting student crossed the line at 36.246 seconds to win the second only canoe sprint medal in Britain’s Olympic history.
McKeever told the BBC the moment he crossed the line he felt “relief”.
“Not those kinds of other things like elation but relief and so happy I could do it in front of the home crowd,” he said.
“It was really painful in the last bit – that head wind making the race that bit longer. I was really just focused on the first two or three strokes and I just wanted to nail those cleanly and then hopefully the race would sort it self out and it did.”
The London Olympics has now come to a close with McKeever’s medal helping to seal Team GB’s position as third overall with 65 medals behind China, which came in second with a total of 87 medals and the US, which came in first place with 104 medals.