False starts can rattle the mind.
It can play all sorts of games to throw off one's concentration.
But Suzanne Seah and Stephenie Chen refused to let it affect them.
The crack Singapore canoe pair stayed calm and refocused after a false start yesterday and duly stormed to gold in the women's K2 200m at the South-east Asia (SEA) Games in Myanmar.
They crossed the finish line in 40.864sec at the Ngalike Dam to retain the title they won in Indonesia two years ago.
Myanmar took the silver (41.260) and Vietnam clinched the bronze (41.764).
The Singapore duo also won the K2 500m event on Thursday.
The pair of gold medals was an early birthday gift for Chen, who turns 22 on Christmas Day.
Speaking to The New Paper after the race, she said: "The false starts were something we've prepared for and we just needed to refocus."