Brabants in double gold bid

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Tim Brabants will make a double bid for kayak gold this weekend after squeezing into the final of the men's K1 500m final by finishing third in his semi-final at Shunyi today.

The Chertsey 31-year-old grabbed the third and final slot after finishing behind winner Steven Ferguson of New Zealand, and Anders Gustafsson of Sweden.

Brabants will contest the 500m final on Saturday and has also qualified in his favoured K1 1000m, in which he is the reigning world champion and secured bronze in Athens four years ago.

Brabants is ready to do his bit for Great Britain after watching the success of the team at these Games.

He said: "This has been a very successful bit of water for us over the last two weeks. It's time for me to do my part."

Lucy Wainwright followed the lead of Brabants as she also advanced to the semi-finals in the women's 500m K1.

The 30-year-old trailed home in second in her heat behind winner Inna Osypenko-Radomska in a time of one minute 52.580 seconds, just over a second adrift of the Ukrainian.

Jennifer Hodson of South Africa was third.