Johnson, Hornsby reach semifinals in 200m Olympic debut
TIM HORNSBY, Men’s Kayak Single (K1) 200m
Place: 8th out of 8 boats in his Semifinal
Advance: Yes, to the B Final. The Top 8 K1 boats across the two Semifinal races advance to Thursday’s A Final. The Next 8 boats qualify for the B Final.
Semifinal Time: 37.660
Behind Leader: +2.041 seconds behind the Semifinal’s first place finisher Ed McKeever of Great Britain
CARRIE JOHNSON, Women’s Kayak Single (K1) 200m
Place: 8th out of 8 boats in her Semifinal
Advance: No. The Top 8 K1 boats across the three Semifinal races advance to Thursday’s A Final. The Next 8 boats qualify for the B Final.
Semifinal Time: 43.321
Behind Leader: +2.793 seconds behind the Semifinal’s first place finisher Lisa Carrington of New Zealand
What: Day 5 of Sprint Racing at the London 2012 Olympic Games
When: Friday, August 10 beginning 9:30 am GMT (4:30 am ET)
Where: Eton Dorney, just west of London
How can I watch? Taped highlights can be found on the NBC Sports Network beginning 11:00 am ET, with additional coverage at 11:45 am ET. Click HERE for local listings. Saturday’s racing can be streamed LIVE or On-Demand at NBCOlympics.com beginning 4:30am ET.
Attendance: More than 18,000
Hornsby will advance to the Saturday’s B Final, which takes place at 9:30am GMT (4:30am ET). No medals are awarded in the B Final. It's for finishers ranked 9-16 after the Semifinals. Watch LIVE or On-Demand at NBCOlympics.com.
He finished his Semifinal with a time of 37.660, +2.041 seconds behind the first place finisher - Ed McKeever from Great Britain. Hornsby’s ranked 6th in his first round heat with a time of 36.560.
For Johnson, the Semifinal marked her final race before she begins a four-year veterinary program at UC-Davis on Monday. The three-time Olympian needed to finish at least 6th in her Semifinal to advance. She finished her Semifinal with a time of 43.321, +2.793 seconds behind the first place finisher - Lisa Carrington of New Zealand. Johnson’s ranked 6th in her first round heat with a time of 43.355.
The 200-meter distance made its Olympic debut Friday, replacing the 500-meter race in Men’s Kayak and Canoe and adding to the Women’s Kayak program.
Johnson also raced in the 500m heats and Semifinals on Tuesday, finishing 6th in her Semifinal. Click HERE for a full recap.
2012 U.S. Olympic Sprint Coach Shaun Caven on Hornsby's performance Friday:
"His heat was a little bit shaky. He needed to make the B Final, so he just tried to do the best he could. He made the B Final, so that's the key thing for us right now."
"He's okay that he's in the B Final. But he would like to perform a little bit better in the B Final, so that's obviously what he's focused on now."
Caven on what can be gained in the B Final:
"Every place you gain is a higher ranking. He's already in the Top 16, so the higher up he can get in the rankings, it's better for us and hopefully it shows that our program's slightly moving forward and you can build on that for the next four years."
USA Canoe/Kayak CEO Joe Jacobi on Carrie Johnson:
"When people ask me what I enjoy most about my work at USA Canoe/Kayak, I say supporting an athlete like Carrie Johnson. She upholds the spirit of the Olympic Games on and off the water and honors the sport with integrity. I have great respect for the challenges that Carrie overcomes every day to represent her country and sport at the highest level."
Tim Hornsby (Atlanta, Ga.) and Carrie Johnson (San Diego, Calif.) are guaranteed less than one minute of Olympic racing Friday before the London 2012 Games conclude for the U.S. Canoe/Kayak Team. Both will be paddling for advancement into the Semifinals and then into Saturday’s Final. The 200-meter distance is making its debut at an Olympic Games. Hornsby and Johnson will be competing in the Men’s and Women’s K1 200m heats, respectively.
For Hornsby, it’s his first shot at an Olympic medal and his only event in these Games. He’s passed the time during these Games by training, resting and watching his girlfriend - U.S. Olympian Becky Holliday - place 9th in the pole vault. Johnson, a three-time Olympian, raced in the 500m heats and Semifinals on Tuesday, finishing 6th in her Semifinal.
On Tuesday, Johnson was the first to reach the 200-meter mark and the third to hit 250 meters, which bodes well for Friday’s race. Johnson placed as high as 9th in the 200-meter distance on the 2012 World Cup circuit. Johnson finished first in the 200m at both the 2011 Pan American Games and the 2012 U.S. Olympic Team Trials.
Standing in between Johnson and an Olympic medal are 2011 200m World Champion Lisa Carrington of New Zealand, 2011 World Championship runner-up Marta Walczykiewicz of Poland, and 2012 European Champion Natasa Douchev-Janic of Hungary. Hornsby must contend with 2011 World Champion Piotr Siemionowski of Poland, 2012 European Champion Ed McKeever of Great Britain, and 2011 World Championship bronze medalist Ronald Rauhe of Germany.
Hornsby booked his ticket to London with a 14th place finish in the 200m at the 2012 World Cup No. 2 in Duisburg, Germany. He finished 25th at the first World Cup of the 2012 season in Poznan, Poland. Hornsby forced the World Cup race-off with teammate Ryan Dolan by winning the 200m race at the 2012 U.S. Olympic Team Trials.
Carrie Johnson on if the 500m helps prepare her for the 200m:
“Yeah, I think you learn something from every race that you do. Going into the 200[-meter], I will have had two more starts on these start gates with the starter and two more races under my belt, so I think it definitely helps. Everything helps.”
Johnson on if her fast start bodes well for the 200m:
“The start is always important, but it’s especially important in the 200[-meter] when you don’t really have much time at all to make up for anything that happens off the start. The start is real important with that. It’ll be important to get the rate up, but have a technically solid pace.”
Johnson on if she’s more suited to the 200m:
“Ever since I was young, I’ve been a strong sprinter. Before these Games, it wasn’t an Olympic event. The 200[-meter] wasn’t necessarily something you focused on. I think naturally I’m better at the sprinting events than the distance [events].”
“No matter who’s racing, it’s going to come down to me putting together the best race that I can. That’s really what I’m working on.”
Tim Hornsby on his strategy for the 200m:
“There’s no real pacing, but there is different thoughts throughout the race. For me, I like to think about keeping my hands down in the first couple of strokes and making sure I move the boat through the work. And in the middle, I like to focus on the legs and running the boat a little bit more. And then in the finish, it’s just trying to keep it light and continue to grab the water and move the boat those last 30-40 meters that are really difficult. Each of these cues don’t mean a lot when you say them, but from saying them in practice, they have big meaning with the way my body changes and what I try and do.”
“It is a sprint, it’s 200 meters. But I can’t race it like it’s a 50 or 100[-meters], you’ll never make the whole distance. There is a little bit of thought on what you need to do. Everybody has their own strengths. Some guys get out in the start better, some guys carry their speed in the middle better, and some guys come home better.”
Hornsby on his pre-race preparation:
“I don’t change anything. I do my same routine I always do. When I’m trying to recover I lay in bed, watch TV and movies. I don’t go out and do a lot of stuff. I’m really pretty boring and lazy. I like to browse on the Internet for whatever I’m interested in at the time, like kite surfing. A lot of people get super hyped up and that’s their way of dealing with the pressure, producing more energy from that energy. I just like to be relaxed, keep doing the same things I’ve been doing all year, and that helps me to have that race I’m looking for.”
“I’ve heard a lot of people talk about the 200-meters as validating the last eight or 12 years in 30 seconds. But it’s just like any other day. It’s obviously a very special experience. I know I’m going to do the best that I can do at that time. And I know that I’ll do that. You don’t want to do anything different or make any huge changes. The people that do that make mistakes.”
Hornsby on the crowd:
“It’s been amazing. The only place I can even compare it to is Hungary. Hungary always has really inspired crowds, but here, the energy is even better. Hungary has maybe more people, but the energy here is second to none. You get in this venue without people and it still has it’s own electric feel to it, even with no one in the stands. It still has something that nowhere else in the world has.”
2012 U.S. Olympic Sprint Team Coach Shaun Caven on Hornsby’s pre-Games training:
“Tim’s been training with the Canadians, which is a really smart move because they’ve got three really fast guys. That’s a good group to be in for training partners and they were happy for him to be there.”
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