Canoe stars have got high hopes

David Florence, above, and Bradley Forbes-Cryans
David Florence, above, and Bradley Forbes-Cryans
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Edinburgh canoeists David Florence and Bradley Forbes-Cryans have differing expectations going into this weekend’s second World Cup meeting of the summer in Krakow, Poland.

As a double world champion and two-time Olympic silver medallist, Florence hopes to challenge for victory in every single race, while Forbes-Cryans is simply happy to be competing in his first international season as a senior. The Roslin youngster was content with his top-20 finishes in the K1 kayak class at last month’s European Championships in Leipzig and last week’s World Cup opener in Prague, but two bronze medals in the C1 singles and C2 doubles left Florence slightly frustrated.

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The main focus this summer is the World Championships at Lee Valley in September, and Florence admitted: “This is good preparation for the Worlds, but they are all big races. I love the World Cups because you are competing against the best guys in the world, and I’d love to get on the podium in the overall World Cup.”

Forbes-Cryans was impressive on his World Cup debut last week. He missed out on a final place in the kayak after touching two gates in his semi-final.

“I would have been in the final with just the one touch but two was just a tiny bit too much,” he said.

“Without any of the touches the time was good enough for second place on the podium. But I was really happy to finish 15th at my first World Cup. I was 17th at the European Championships. This is my first year on the senior team so I’m really happy to come away with two top-20 finishes from my first two races.

“I’m trying to be the best I can and I’m doing all five World Cups this summer.”

Qualifying heats get underway in Krakow today with semi-finals and finals scheduled for tomorrow and Sunday.