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British canoeist Ed McKeever made a perfect start to his season by winning gold at the World Cup in Poznan over the weekend. After a blistering start the 28-year-old kept Spain's Saul Craviotto and Russia's Maxim Molochkov at bay to finish as the only man under 37sec.

"As much as it was good to 'get one over' my competitors, it was more a personal test, so we see the areas I need to work on," he said.

"I'm doing everything I can to turn up on the day of the Olympic final and be in the best form of my life."

Team-mates Liam Heath and Jon Schofield claimed silver in the double kayak over the same distance.

What's coming up...

The European Swimming Championships, which began yesterday in Debrecen, Hungary, continue today.

Britain has a team of five, including Michael Jamieson, 23, who faces Hungarian world champion Daniel Gyurta in the 200m breaststroke as he tests out his race plan ahead of this summer's Games. Germany's Paul Biedermann, the world record holder, and Katinka Hosszu of Hungary claimed the first individual golds on the opening night.

The event runs until Sunday.


Savannah Marshall: Having made history at the weekend by becoming Britain's first women's world boxing champion – she defeated Elena Vystropova in the middleweight final in Qinhuangdao, China – the 21-year-old Hartlepool boxer has vowed to claim gold when the sport makes its Olympic debut in London.


Rajiv Ouseph: The British badminton player received a drubbing from Lin Dan, the Chinese Olympic champion. Ouseph, who is ranked 19th in the world, suffered a humiliating 5-0 defeat in front of Lin's home crowd in Wuhan during the opening round of the Thomas Cup finals.

66 Days to go to the Olympics

66 Total of summer Olympic medals won by Argentina. Also the number of swimming records broken at the 2008 Games.