Britain's canoe sprint squad picked

Britain's canoe sprint squad picked

Published Jun. 14, 2012 1:00 a.m. ET

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 favorites 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 the K-1 200 since electronic timing began 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.