Just returned home with a silver medal from the World Championships
in Poznan, Poland! I've raced here many times and there is always a good atmosphere and a big crowd. Apart from some very windy and bumpy conditions on the first day of racing, the other three days provided perfect and fair racing conditions.
I felt great racing after having a slightly disappointing Europeans in my first season back in the sport since Beijing. I comfortably made the A finals in the 500m and 1000m events. The 1000m final went very well for me and I felt comfortable racing from the front. Congratulations to Max Hoff who retains his World Champion title by getting past me in the last 50m. In the 500m I caught some weed on my rudder after about 200m and from then struggled to get back into the race, finishing 4th. Anders Gustafsson from Sweden took a really well deserved victory to win his first World Championship Gold medal.
I am really happy to be finishing the sprint season with a World Championship medal and feel like I am now back exactly where I want to be in my preparations for London 2012. Thank you very much to all my sponsors, suppliers and supporters who have helped get me back to this level. A special thanks to my coach Eric Farrell who continues to work hard with the same amount of passion and effort as he has done over the last 16 years of coaching me.
I can now relax for a couple of weeks before getting back into the hard winter block of training. First though I am competing in the Nelo Summer Challenge
next weekend in Portugal. It will be a lot of fun racing on the sea again and Nelo always know how to hold an entertaining competition!
23rd August 2010