David Florence denied double

David Florence and Richard Hounslow (Harry Engels/Getty Images)
David Florence and Richard Hounslow (Harry Engels/Getty Images)
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Edinburgh canoeist David Florence narrowly missed out on another golden double at the slalom World Cup in London.

The 31-year-old claimed both the C1 and C2 titles at last September’s World Championships in Prague, and he was on course for a repeat when he won Saturday’s C1 singles final on the Lee Valley Olympic course.

Florence and Rich Hounslow then went fastest in yesterday’s C2 doubles semis, but two clipped gates in the final cost them dear. Their time of 106.04 seconds was quick enough to win but four seconds of penalties pushed them down to fifth as Slovenia’s Luka Bozic and Saso Taljat took gold.

“It was there for the taking,” admitted Florence. “It would been great to win the C2 as well as the C1, but it was still a fantastic weekend.

“It’s on now to the next World Cup in Tacen, but I’m only racing the C1 as Richard isn’t coming to Ljubljana.