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2012 London Olympics: Atlantans Eric Hurd And Jeff Larimer Finish 12th In Canoe Preliminaries

Two Atlantans - Woodstock's Eric Hurd and Marietta's Jeff Larimer - finished 12th in the Mens Double Canoe Heat, missing the cut for the semifinals and a chance to medal. The pair finished with scores of 112.91 and 109.78. However, Hurd told to the Cherokee Ledger News that he's just happy to be in London after missing the cut for the 2008 Games by less than a second:

We’re a little disappointed, but still happy to be here,” said Hurd, who in 2000, at the age of 12, was the youngest performer in his sport to qualify for the Olympic Trials. “After missing out in ’08, being here has been surreal. For 17 years, I’ve been in the water just about every day, and fact that I’m at the Olympics has really just started to sink in.

There are no American teams in the men's double final. Great Brittian's David Florence and Richard Hounslow are currently the top qualifiers for the final with a score of 108.93.

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