David Florence off to a flyer in race to Rio

David Florence (front) and Richard Hounslow look on after the Men's Canoe Double Slalom Picture: Julian Finney/Getty Images
David Florence (front) and Richard Hounslow look on after the Men's Canoe Double Slalom Picture: Julian Finney/Getty Images
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Edinburgh canoeist David Florence made an immaculate start to the new season after easily winning yesterday’s C1 singles and C2 doubles races at the British slalom trials at Lee Valley’s Olympic 2012 venue.

In his first major appearance since becoming a father in January, the double world champion and two-time Olympic silver medallist finished almost two seconds clear in the C1 after clocking 98.78secs on his opening attempt.

The 32-year-old made it two wins out of two when he and Rich Hounslow went quickest on both runs of the C2 event. They improved from 108.96 to 103.69 to finish 3.50secs ahead of Olympic gold medallist Etienne Stott and his new partner Mark Proctor.

Further races are scheduled this weekend as paddlers chase selection for the British team for this year’s World and European Championships and next summer’s Rio Olympics.