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Kayaker Emilie Fournel fails to reach final

Canada's Emilie Fournel competes in the women's kayak single (K1) 500m heat at the Eton Dorney during the London 2012 Olympic Games on Tuesday.


Kayaker Emilie Fournel's medal hopes in the K1-500 metres are over.

The Montreal paddler finished sixth in her semi-final on Tuesday at the Olympics, coming in 16th out of 24 women in the three races.

Only the top eight advanced to Thursday's final.

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"I really went for it and took a risk," an emotional Fournel said after her race. "I raced a really aggressive race right from the beginning. I really thought I was going to be able to make it."

Fournel is the daughter of former Olympian Jean Fournel, who competed in the K4-1000 at the 1976 Games in Montreal.

She and her brother, Hugues, are both competing at these games, with his top event, the K2-200, coming up with partner Ryan Cochrane on Friday and Saturday.

Fournel, 25, still has a K1-200 race on Friday but the 500 metres was considered her better event.

She is racing in her second Olympics after being eliminated in the semi-finals in Beijing in the K4-500 four years ago.

"It's been a long process," she said. "The Olympics is one race on TV, but it's four years in the making."

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