Watch out for us at Tokyo Games, warns Burnett
CANOE: They reached a final in their maiden Olympics campaign and now there are high hopes Sunshine Coast's Alyce Burnett and Alyssa Bull can be a much bigger threat at Tokyo 2020.
The young duo experienced a promising experience at Rio, edging through their heat and then producing a gutsy showing in the semi-final to earn a spot in the decider.
"Being the only non-European crew out on the start line in that final is a big achievement for two young girls, and for the Commonwealth,” Burnett said.
"We're happy to be there and warning to them (other crews) in the next few years, watch out.”
They've improved dramatically in just the past few months so expect to be a genuine force in four years time.
"We're getting a lot quicker and better out of the blocks, so our speed is starting to come along, we just need to work on our strength and endurance,” Bull said.
Burnett, 24, and a Bull, 20, are coached by Olympic medallist Anna Wood.
They finished last in the eight-crew final but things may have been different if the crew didn't get caught up near the start line.
"We picked up a bit of resistance in the first few strokes, a couple of leaves, but that's the reality of kayaking, we're an outdoor sport and you can't control the uncontrollable,” Burnett said.
"We ticked our goal, we made our final, and while it didn't play out as planned, we're rapt and stoked to mix with the big girls on the big stage.”
In-form Hungarian paddlers Gabriella Szabo and Danuta Kozak finished ahead of German combination Franziska Weber and Tina Dietze.