A reigning Olympic champion and a kayaker nicknamed “Usain Bolt on Water” are two of the nine athletes selected in Britain’s canoe sprint squad for the London Games.

The 35-year-old Tim Brabants will defend his K-1 title in the 1,000 meters at Dorney Lake when he competes in his fourth Olympics.

Ed McKeever will be one of the favourites in the 200 a new distance on the Olympic program and he has been linked to the Jamaican world-record holder after last year recording the quickest time in K-1 200 since electronic timing was brought in a decade ago.

Liam Heath and Jonathan Schofield are the host nation’s other medal hopes after they won silver at the 2011 world championships in the 200 in the men’s K-2.

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