Bath-born trainee accountant Ed McKeever raced to victory in the 200m kayak sprint on Saturday morning to achieve the profession’s own moment of Olympic glory.
Nicknamed “The Cleaver”, for his powerful opening strokes, 28-year-old McKeever is the reigning European champion at the event, which was included in the Olympic programme for the first time at London 2012.
The smallest and lightest of competitors in the final, McKeever raced into an early lead with his fast paddle work and then held off the challenges of heavier rivals in a time of 36.246secs.
McKeever woke up at 5am on the morning of the final and afterwards told the BBC he had been “like a kid at Christmas wanting to open my presents - I am going to get that present in a minute”.
After enjoying his presents, McKeever has a busy schedule. His first priority is to focus on his wedding to Anya Kucjak, a PE teacher, on 22 September near their current home in Beaconsfield.
Then he faces revision and the final round of his ACCA professional level exams in December. If his preparations are as successful as his sports training, he should be a qualified accountant by February 2013.
As if to emphasise his unflappable, focused demeanour the media noted how level-headed, calm and unassuming McKeever had been before the race, which took place on the second last day of the Olympic fortnight. After his victory, however, the papers were calling him the “Usain Bolt of the water”.
McKeever was having none of it. “He’s tall, I’m short,” he said.
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