Clipped gate costs Florence and Hounslow a medal

David Florence and Rich Hounslow are building for Rio
David Florence and Rich Hounslow are building for Rio
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Edinburgh canoeist David Florence rued a clipped gate that cost the triple world slalom champion in yesterday’s C2 doubles final at La Seu d’Urgell near Barcelona.

The 33-year-old sat out last week’s opening round in Italy to focus on his Olympic preparations, but he was soon back on the pace in Spain, finishing sixth in Saturday’s C1 singles after going quickest in the semis. Then a two-second time penalty denied him a spot on the podium.

Florence and Rich Hounslow set a time of 101.84secs in the final which looked good enough for silver behind Frenchmen Pierre-Antoine Tillard and Edern Le Ruyet, but that slight nick on the barrier instead left them in fourth, just 0.08 down on German bronze medallists David Schroeder and Nico Bettge.

“It was disappointing after getting really close to the medals in both classes, but I’m mostly very pleased with my paddling,” said Florence. “A touch cost me a medal in both finals, and that was a big step up from the European Championships (last month). This weekend has been great preparation for the Olympics, which is what I was after, and I’m looking forward to getting back out to Rio now (to train).”

Edinburgh student Eilidh Gibson (18th) and Roslin’s Bradley Forbes-Cryans (25th) were strangely off-colour following outstanding performances in Italy last week. Neither threatened to reach their respective finals at La Seu, although both remain in the top ten in the overall World Cup standings.