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Kayaking doctor fails to make waves at Olympics

Kayaking doctor Tim Brabants was unable to defend his 1,000m title — but has insisted he will race on.

Dr Brabants put his career as a Nottingham SpR in emergency medicine on hold while he trained for London 2012.

But he was dogged by injury in the run up to the Olympics and only just made it through qualifying into this morning’s final of the K1 kayaking sprint.

He came last in the race at Eton Dorney in a time of 3:33.833. The race was won by Norwegian Eirik Larsen in 3:26.462.

Not done yet

Dr Brabants said he was really happy just to have been in the final.

He told the BBC: ‘I feel bad as there was lots of British support. This morning I felt good. I felt like I could be Olympic champion again so I’m sorry.

‘It’s been a fantastic build-up to these Games seeing how well we’ve done.

‘I’m not done yet, you can’t go out with an eighth place at the Olympics.’

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