Liam Heath sprints to Olympic gold in K1 200m


Sprint canoeist Liam Heath powered his way to Olympic gold in the K1 200 metres in Rio.

The 32-year-old made it third time lucky after winning silver alongside Jon Schofield in the K2 200m, to go with his bronze in the same class from London 2012, as he swept past France's Maxime Beaumont in the closing stages to take victory at the picturesque Lagoa.

He crossed the line in 35.197 seconds, with the Frenchman 0.165secs behind.

Heath won silver with Jon Schofield in the double kayak canoe sprint (Martin Rickett/PA)

Heath described the feeling as "absolutely incredible", after being told he had become the most successful Olympian when it comes to canoe sprint athletes for Britain.