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Liam Heath: 'I went into automatic pilot during men's 200m sprint win'

Team GB's Liam Heath says that he went into "automatic pilot" mode during his gold medal-winning performance in the men's kayak single 200m sprint at the Rio Olympics.

Great Britain's Liam Heath has revealed that he went into "automatic pilot" mode during his gold medal-winning performance in the men's kayak single 200m sprint at the Rio Olympics.

Heath, who had already collected a silver medal in the K2 200m with teammate Jon Schofield, beat off competition from France's Maxime Beaumont in order to claim his country's 25th gold with a time of 35.197 seconds.

"It has been in my mind every single day for the last four years, but I felt that I went into automatic pilot," said Heath, according to BBC Sport.

"It is worth every ounce. I want to thank everyone here and at home. Jon has been out every day doing drills with me and checking my boat over even though he finished."

Heath beat France's Beaumont by 0.165 seconds, while Saul Craviotto of Spain had to share bronze with Germany's Ronald Rauhe.

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Friday's key events

· The athletics schedule begins, with 100m sprinter Dina Asher-Smith among the names in action on the opening day. The men's 10,000m final concludes the action, with Team GB's Sam Atkin and Marc Scott taking part in the absence of 2012 and 2016 champion Sir Mo Farah (1am-2.30pm)

· Victoria Thornley is Team GB's representative in the women's single sculls final (1.33am)
· Great Britain will be going for gold in the men's eight final (2.25am)

· Team GB duo Molly Renshaw and Abbie Wood take part in the women's 200m breaststroke final, but new Olympic record-holder Tatjana Schoenmaker of South Africa is the hot favourite (2.41am)
· Luke Greenbank has very realistic ambitions of picking up a medal in the men's 200m backstroke final (2.50am)
· There is also British representation in the women's 100m freestyle final, although any medal for Anna Hopkin would be a surprise (2.59am)
· With one gold and one silver already under his belt at these Games, Duncan Scott goes again in the men's 200m individual medley final (3.16am)

· Bryony Page will be looking to repeat her 2016 heroics in the women's event (5am-7.30pm)

· Bradley Forbes-Cryans will be looking to emulate Rio gold medallist Joe Clarke in the men's kayak event (6am-9am)

· The women's tournament enters the quarter-finals, with Great Britain facing Australia at the Ibaraki Kashima Stadium (10am)

> Today's schedule in full
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