Canoeing: David Florence suffers woe in Pau

David Florence is now focusing on the World Championships after he failed to deliver in France. Pic: Getty
David Florence is now focusing on the World Championships after he failed to deliver in France. Pic: Getty
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Edinburgh canoeist David Florence has switched his attention to next month’s World Championships in London after suffering a rare double disappointment at the slalom World Cup final in Pau, southern France, yesterday.

The former world champion arrived in France with high hopes of winning the overall C1 singles title but failed to reach Saturday’s final when a missed gate and a 50-second time penalty left him 25th in the semi-finals.

Slovak Matej Benus took the overall title with 2009 winner Florence down in fifth, and the Scot conceded: “I’m disappointed with that, but missing the final was very 
costly.”

Worse was to follow as he also missed out on the C2 doubles final when he and Rich Hounslow racked up over three minutes of penalties in yesterday’s semi after going quickest in qualifying on 
Saturday.

Meanwhile, Roslin youngster Brad Forbes-Cryans came 20th in the K1 kayak semi-finals and can also look forward to next month’s Worlds at Lee Valley. “I’m happy with another top-20 finish and I’ve been really happy with my 
season,” he said.