Hodson ends on a high with a competitive K1 final

2008-08-25 00:00

Beijing - Jen Hodson ended the South African canoeing squads challenge at the Beijing Olympic games on a high note with a very competitive race in the final of the prestigious women's 500 metres K1.

Hodson ended eighth in a flurry of boats that crossed the line together at the end of the fast paced final that was sensationally won by the Ukrainian dark horse Inna Osypenko-Radomska.

"It was so hard," said Hodson. "It was faster than I have ever experienced before because everyone stepped up their game for this race. I was quick off the start and went quickly, but maybe I relaxed a little in the next 100 metres remembering that in the semi-final I went out harder and blew in the last 10 metres."

Hodson's race provided a highlight for the seven-strong squad of South African sprinters, and she echoed the same sentiment expressed by the other athletes.

"I need a little more experience. For a lot of the girls in the final, it was their third or fourth Olympics, and it makes a huge difference in this sport."

"It is disappointing to finish eighth, I was aiming at sixth. But there was hardly any time between first and ninth. Everyone was very close. When I went over the line, I looked and I didn't know where I was," she said.

"I think my performance was important to the team because we needed something to boost everyone's confidence."

Hodson was also part of the women's K4 crew that raced superbly in the final on Friday.

Hodson was non-committal about her plans for the future.

"That's the other thing that is so difficult about the Olympics because it is the end of a four-year block. I am not too sure what's coming next."



1.Inna Osypenko-Radomska UKR 1:50.673

2.Josefa Idem ITA 1:50.677

3.Katrin Wagner-Augustin GER 1:51.022


8.Jennifer Hodson RSA 1:53.353.

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