Clint Robinson will race in Western Australian this weekend.
Clint Robinson will race in Western Australian this weekend. Kari Bourne

Robinson refuses to throw in towel

COMEBACK king Clint Robinson has hosed down suggestions he has pulled the pin on his Olympic dream.

The 39-year-old has chosen to bypass this weekend's Queensland Canoe Sprint Championships at Kawana in favour of The Doctor ocean paddle race in Western Australia.

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Robinson came out of retirement early last year and announced his plans to qualify for the K1 1000 at the London Olympics.

He finished eighth in the K1 1000 at last weekend's NSW Sprint Championships, illustrating the enormous task in front of him.

However, he said his decision to skip the Queensland titles should not be taken as a sign he had abandoned his audacious campaign.

Both Murray Stewart and Ken Wallace, first and second respectively in the K1 1000 at the NSW titles, will also not compete in the K1 1000 at Lake Kawana.

Robinson said he would be better served competing in the 27.5km The Doctor race from Rottnest Island to Sorrento - an event that also carried a $5000 first prize purse and boated a strong field.

"I'm not one to throw in the towel," a determined Robinson said yesterday.

"I really want to achieve what I've set out to do. I've got the tools to get there. I don't walk away."

Robinson won The Doctor in 2009, but the course has since changed from its former finishing point at Cottesloe to Sorrento, 20km north.

Conditions are expected to be hot with light winds, suiting former surf lifesaver and five-time Olympian Robinson.

The event has a strong field including defending champion Tim Jacobs, Nambour paddler Ben Allen, Gold Coast ironmen Jeremy Cotter and Bruce Taylor, and South African world champion Dawid Mocke.

Robinson said: "I only entered (The Doctor) about 24 hours ago after I looked at entries for the state canoeing championships up here (on the Sunshine Coast).

"A lot of the top guys aren't doing it or they're not going in the singles.

"I just decided it (The Doctor) was a good race with a lot of good athletes."


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