On May 18, 2014, 28 year-old Angela Hannah and her teammate 23 year old Jess Walker came in seventh place in the International Canoe Federation (ICF) Canoe Sprint World Cup competition but this weekend, according to a BBC Sport Canoeing press release on May 25, 2014, the two canoeists won Great Britain’s third Gold Medal by 0.282 seconds in the K2 200m.
Hannah and Walker's gold follows Lani Belcher and Rachel Cawthorn's success in the K2 500m on Saturday, when Belcher and Cawthorn won Great Britain's first international gold medal of the season, in the women's K2 500m event at the (ICF) Canoe Sprint World Cup.
Earlier in the day, Rachel Cawthorn and Louisa Sawers won the K4 500m bronze medal, according to the BBC Sports News.
Hannah informed the BBC about the pressure many of the athletes experienced and how much will power determination it took to stay focus. “With the British team choosing to enter athletes in several races to increase experience, Hannah said that the combination of fatigue and high-quality opposition had tested her and Walker's mettle.”
She added, “the last two weekends have been really putting ourselves under pressure and, when we were tired, pulling ourselves back up again to race another event. But we all have a lot of determination, especially knowing that we not going to get another opportunity to race these people again until the Europeans in July.”
Angela Hannah grew up in Zimbabwe and played hockey for her country of birth. She has a degree in human biology from Loughborough University, where she started kayaking. She has competed since 2007. In the 2012 European Championships she finished 4th in the K4 500m event. She is part of the Great Britain team since the 2012 Olympic