Olympics: PMB competitor Jen Hodson in two finals

2008-08-22 00:00

Beijing — Jen Hodson, who was schooled in Pietermaritzburg, has two kayak finals in two days, after she added the women’s 500 m K1 final tomorrow to the K4 final today, which the team qualified for earlier this week.

“I can’t believe it … I made the Olympic final,” said an ecstatic Hodson after yesterday’s K1 semi-finals.

“I don’t know how I held on. My whole body just went dead. I pushed so hard in that last section, and gave it everything I had. It was just vasbyt.

“I felt that I was a bit behind at halfway and I knew that I had to come through at the end,” she added. “I thought qualifying for the Olympics would be the hard part and this would be the fun, but these races have been something else altogether.”

Hodson heaped thanks on the band of vocal South African supporters in the grandstands. “It felt like all my supporters in the crowd were in the boat with me pushing me on. It’s been like that all week, with messages of support — e-mails and SMSes. In that last 100 metres, everyone’s energy was pushing me on.

“I am so excited for the K4 final!” she enthused. — OC.

TV TIMES: When to watch local heroes

The women’s 500 m K4 final (featuring Jen Hodson and Carol Joyce) will be broadcast live on DStv’s channel 206 from 9.30 am today. Hodson will be in action in the K1 500 m women’s final tomorrow, broadcast live from 9.30 am on the same channel.

The delayed men’s BMX semi-final (featuring Sibusiso Nhlapo) is at 4.40 am today.

Olympics: pages 28, 30, 31 & 32

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