Ken Wallace wins gold in the K1 in Beijing
Ken Wallace wins gold in the K1 in Beijing Streeter Lecka

Wallace too busy training to get excited by Games

Ken Wallace says he has been training "too bloody hard" to get excited yet about competing in his third Olympics.

A dual gold medallist at Beijing in 2008 - in the K1 500 and K1 1000 - and late-charging fourth in the K2 1000 with David Smith four years ago in London, Wallace knows preparation is the key to success and has been doing everything in his power to peak in Rio.

"For nine years now we have done the majority of our training leading into a world champs or an Olympic Games in a little town called Szolnok ... an hour or so out of Budapest, Hungary," Wallace told ARM Sports Bureau.

"The weather and water are consistently amazing. It's our home away from home and we have had some of the best training we have had out there.

"I feel we are all coming into these Games extremely fit and fast, so, yeah, we are all happy with the work we have done."

Wallace, who will contest the K2 1000 and K4 1000 in Rio, has been a dominant force in kayaking after his disappointment in London.

He won the K1 5000 at the world championships in 2013, 2014 and 2015, and also secured gold in the K2 500 last year.

Despite that record, he is reluctant to say he has had a better preparation this time than before the 2012 Games.

"I don't know whether I am placed any different, as I did believe leading into that (the London Olympics) we could bring home a medal," he said.

"You put everything into your training and preparation and never leave a stone unturned leading into that kind of race, but it comes down to whoever gets the best start and who produces the perfect race on the day.

"In London it didn't come together for us. However, I do believe we have what it takes as a team in both the K2 and K4 to bring home two gold medals.

"I wouldn't be going if I didn't believe we could do it."

There are a couple of things fuelling Wallace's confidence.

First, the Australians' performances in Europe this year, and second, the hunger of his teammates.

"At this year's World Cups, my teammates and myself managed to place first or second against every crew that we will race in Rio... I guess that's not a bad indicator," Wallace said.

"These guys (his teammates) know how to hurt themselves in the races. They are young tough and bulletproof."

"I am very lucky to be surrounded by good blokes. Every one of them is driven to succeed. Young and old, They all bring something different to the boats."

"When the start gates drop they all mean business. They will give it everything that they have to cross that finish line, preferably in a medal position."

Wallace is starting to sound excited.

Nope, he's still keeping a lid on it. "Once I cross that line in the last race, then I can get excited," he said.

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