Wednesday, August 08, 2012

Olympics: Kayaker Lee enjoys Olympic debut

SINGAPORE: The Republic's kayaker Geraldine Lee made the semi-finals of the women's K1 500m event on Tuesday before being eliminated.

Lee, 25, is Singapore's first canoeist to compete at the Olympics and the last of the Republic's 23-strong athletes contingent to see action at the 2012 London Games.

Set a target of beating at least one nation in her event, Lee did not disappoint.
She finished fourth in a field of six in her heat with a time of 2:01.037 to make the semi-finals.

Lee then finished seventh of eight paddlers in 2:01.516, in a semi-final field that included medal-favourite Danuta Kozak of Hungary who posted the fastest time of 1:50.469.

Lee was classified 21st of the field of 24 paddlers that competed.

Singapore canoeing head coach Balazs Baballa praised Lee for her performance.

"She did very, very well. If I was offered this result before the Games, I would gladly have taken it. She did better than the target we set her," said Babella.

Lee will see action again on August 10 in the K1 200m event, and said that Tuesday's outing helped in her preparations.

"Being out on the water helped me to understand the conditions better," she said.
"I hope to put in a strong performance on Friday."

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