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Rio Olympics: Jon Schofield and Liam Heath exorcise disappointment of 2012 to win silver

By Robert Jones

Four years ago in London, Great Britain's Jon Schofield and Liam Heath were marginally beaten to silver by a Belarussian duo in the men's kayak double.

Yesterday, they eased that pain somewhat when they did the exact same thing to nick their own silver from the Lithuania pair by just 0.03 seconds.

Schofield and Heath surged to the finish following a thrilling display of power from all eight crews in a race that was done and dusted in just 33 seconds of brute force.

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"It was fast and furious. We gave it a bit of a lunge for the line," said Heath. "We hit it as hard as we could. You just put your head down and go for it and pop your head up at the end."

A frantic finish meant just 0.12 seconds split second and fifth and there was a nervous wait for the British duo while they wondered if they had done enough.

Meanwhile, Chris Langridge admitted he felt like a kid at Christmas after helping Great Britain win a first Olympic badminton medal since 2004.

Langridge teamed up with Marcus Ellis to win the men's doubles bronze medal match, seeing off China's Biao Chai and Hong Wei 21-18 19-21 21-10.

"This will give us the belief that we shouldn't be 22 in the world, we should be top 10 -and we will get to top 10. This will spur us on," said Langridge.

"You just can't put it into words. It's like a kid at Christmas. You can dream of having 100 presents and you wake up on Christmas Day and they are all there!

"From the age of 10, I have been dreaming of an Olympic medal, and now we have done it. It is insane."

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