Canoe slalom pair head to another Olympics

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Luuka Jones is off to her third Olympics as part of a two-strong canoe slalom team for the Rio Games.

She will be joined by Mike Dawson, who will make his second appearance at an Olympics.

Jones finished 21st in Beijing in 2008 and improved to 14th in London four years ago.

The 27-year-old also has a top-10 placing at world championship level.

"It's such a privilege to compete at one Olympics, let alone three," she said.

"Beijing was an incredible eye-opener for me, while I had some bad luck in London. Hopefully Rio will give me the chance to lay down a run I can tell my grandkids about."

Dawson, 29, was placed 15th at the 2012 Olympics.

Last year, he was the fastest qualifier at the world championships before a mistake in his semi-final dropped him to 28th.

He said he came away from London with the realisation of what was need to succeed at the highest level and "this will give me a chance to put that into practice".

Jones and Dawson head to Rio this weekend for their third training session at the purpose-built Olympic whitewater stadium.

Their selection, and that of an eight-strong swimming squad, takes to 66 the number of New Zealand competitors confirmed for the Games in August.


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