Canoeing: David Florence into semi-finals at Worlds

David Florence and Rich Hounslow are aiming to add to their 2013 world title in the C2 doubles

David Florence and Rich Hounslow are aiming to add to their 2013 world title in the C2 doubles

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Edinburgh canoeist David Florence shook off his World Cup hangover to qualify impressively for Saturday’s semi-finals at the slalom World Championships on London’s Lee Valley Olympic course.

The 33-year-old and London’s Rich Hounslow are aiming to add to their 2013 world title in the C2 doubles, but their preparations suffered a knock when they finished a disappointing 20th at last month’s World Cup Final in France.

Florence and Hounslow put that firmly behind them in yesterday morning’s heats, relishing their return to the venue where they took Olympic silver in 2012 and producing a clear run in 93.12secs. That left them third-quickest overall, only 0.49secs behind France’s World Cup winners Gauthier Klauss and Matthieu Peche.

Florence was due back on the water today in the C1 singles heats as he begins his bid to recapture his 2013 world crown.