Tim Hornsby, the first Lanier Canoe and Kayak Club member to make the Olympics, capped off his first Olympic Games with a seventh place finish in the K1 (flatwater sprint kayak) 200-meter B Final on Saturday at Eton Dorney, England.
The finish was good for 15th overall, including the eight A Final participants.
Racing in lane eight, Hornsby fought a tough crosswind and a head cold throughout the week to finish 1.568 seconds back from B Final winner Kasper Bleibach of Denmark. He finished eighth (37.660) in his semifinal and sixth (36.560) in his heat.
Ed McKeever, of Great Britain, won the A Final with a time 36.246 to become the first K1 200-meter Olympic Gold medalist. The 200-meter distance made its Olympic debut in London, replacing the 500-meter race in Men’s K1.
Although Hornsby said he was somewhat disappointed with the results, it wasn’t for lack of effort.
“I raced as hard as I could. Every single time I was totally maxed out. I left it out on the line every time,” he said.
“I wanted to go on and represent my country and I wanted to do represent them better than I did. For what I was capable of today and yesterday, I didn’t expect to come to the Olympics and get a Gold and be on antibiotics and stuff. But once again, you’ve got to overcome the things that happen and that’s part of racing. If you didn’t have some adversity, everybody here has adversity, everybody here has fought through tough things. That’s what makes you a champion, I guess.”
Hornsby, who is from Atlanta but has trained with LCKC since 1997, couldn’t say right away what his future plans are now that his run in these Olympics is over, but he enjoyed the experience.
“It’s been really neat. The Olympic experience has been incredible,” he said. “We’re here to race, so that’s what you’re thinking about. It’s like when you go to other countries for competing, you could just be at home, you can’t even tell. You’re there to go on the water and train and do your race plan and that’s the way I feel. Opening Ceremonies was an incredible experience and I know from today on, it will be an incredible experience. I’m going to the Village, I’ll see the bridge and do all that kind of stuff. That’s really exciting. The Closing Ceremonies, that’s special. I’m going to have dinner with my family tonight, which is really important. I wouldn’t trade it for anything, it’s been amazing.”