According to reporter Lawrence Barretto, writing for the BBC Sports News May 24, 2014, Lani Belcher and Rachel 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.” The victory in Szeged, Hungary, underlined the potential of a new partnership for this season, according Barretto.
Rachel Cawthorn, a London Olympian, expressed surprise over the victory. She and Lani Belcher had been teammates for such a short time. In a statement to the press Cawthorn said "It is quite exciting considering we have only just got together," However, the two women won work together like a professional “duo.” They won a Silver Medal in the silver in the K2 200m in Racice,, Czech Republic the week before
“But they went one better over the longer distance on Saturday leading the final from start to finish,” according to Barretto. They beat the Polish team by more than half a second. Great Britain’s Angela Hannah and Jess Walker were seventh.
Cawthorn, who is 25, one year older than her teammate added, "We just changed our mindsets a little bit, and really hit the start.”
Furthermore, “We had confidence from winning the silver. We know we have the speed, and both of us are good endurance paddlers. We are pretty excited about winning gold."
Lani Belcher agreed. Even though the two women had competed together for such a short time, Belcher feels "We already know each other really well, we think the same way, we trust each other and we don't have to remind each other about things during a race. We stuck to our plan and I was really pleased with how we just kept the boat running smoothly right through the race."
Belcher concluded “I was really pleased with how we just kept the boat running smoothly right through the race.”