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Andrew Daniels happy with World Championship results

Andrew Daniels
Daniels was the K2 1000M Youth Olympic Champion in 2007

Berkshire's Andrew Daniels has returned from the Canoeing World Sprint Championships happy with his efforts.

Daniels raced in the 200 metre relay in Hungary and was pleased with how he and his team-mates performed.

"We worked really hard in the final and ended up finishing 9th in the world," he told BBC Berkshire.

"The atmosphere was really good and we all put down our personal bests, which is all you can really expect from a final in a World Championships."

The British squad had a successful championship, picking up three silver medals and qualifying ten boats for the next year's Olympic games.

Daniels hopes to compete at Dorney Lake next year with Team GB and believes that if the crowds are as good as those in Hungary, it will be a very special event.

"You put your paddles up in those few seconds before the start happens and 25,000 people just go silent," he said.

"I think if that happens at Dorney come 2012 it's going to be electrifying, either to race there or watch as a spectator."

In order to be in the boat next year Daniels will have to maintain his good form and hope that he is selected as one of the four - a challenge he is looking forward to.

"We are quite a small team, but there's still going to be an element of competition.

"It's down to everyone individually now to make sure they do everything they can. It'll be up to the selection committee to fill those spaces coming into August next year."

This Thursday sees the start of the Olympic sprint canoeing test event at Dorney Lake. The invitational event is being staged in order to give competitors the chance to experience the venue ahead of next year's games, and will run until Sunday.



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