Aussie canoeist Watkins has medical episode on Olympics return

Australian slalom canoeist Daniel Watkins is recovering in hotel quarantine after being hospitalised following a medical episode on his flight home from the Tokyo Olympics.

Watkins returned to Sydney on Saturday morning, but was taken straight to hospital.

There are no details on the nature of Watkins' ailment.

"Slalom canoeist Daniel Watkins suffered a minor medical incident on his return flight into Sydney from Tokyo yesterday morning," a statement from the Australian Olympic Committee read.

"He was taken to hospital and later released into hotel quarantine."

The 25-year-old captured the nation's imagination when he qualified second fastest for the C1 canoe slalom final, in which he finished ninth.

Strict COVID-19 measures mean athletes must leave Japan within 48 hours of their sporting commitments concluding at the Games.