Rio Olympics 2016: Lani Belcher and Angela Hannah inspired by late call-up

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Canoeists Belcher and Hannah received late call-ups into Team GB's Olympic squad.

Lani Belcher and Angela Hannah believe their late call-up for Team GB's canoeing squad will give them an advantage at Rio 2016.

The K2 kayak sprint pair narrowly missed out on Olympic qualification on two occasions.

But they were handed a berth on 19 July - two weeks before the Games - after 11 Romanian and five Belarusian athletes tested positive for banned substances.

"We've got nothing to lose," Hannah told BBC Sport.

When asked about the prospect of winning a medal at the Games, she added: "It would be a fairytale story.

"You can't finish on anything better than that. Because we have a perspective of what we've had to go through to get there, that gives us the edge. We've been to hell and back getting here."

The duo finished one place outside automatic qualification for Rio at last year's World Championships in Milan, narrowly beaten by the Romanians.

The British team still expected to be awarded a K2 500m entry for the Games, but complications with the selection policy meant this was not the case.

"We've had a few knockbacks," said Belcher, who also missed out on a place at London 2012.

"We had to keep on training and keep our motivation up. It was hard. It definitely wasn't a smooth journey.

"To finally get that news that we were going was such a relief.

"Now someone has lifted that stress off our shoulders and said "go and race". We're happy we're going and we're happy to compete."

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