David Florence vows to fight on for slalom title

David Florence (Getty Images)

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Capital canoeist David Florence believes he can still regain his C1 slalom title when the World Cup season resumes at La Seu d’Urgell near Barcelona tomorrow.

The 2013 world champion and double Olympic silver medallist led the Cup standings after finishing second in Krakow and third in Prague but then failed to reach the final in Slovakia last month, dropping him to fifth place overall, 21 points behind Czech Stanislav Jezek.

“It all depends on the last two races,” said Florence, who turns 33 on Saturday. “I feel I’m going well and I’ll just focus on my own race and see where that leaves me.

“Don’t forget there’s double points on offer in the last race (in Pau next week).

“I was disappointed to miss the final in Slovakia, so I had a few days off to recover and then went back into hard training. I got a good block in and I’ve been here in Spain since last Sunday, re-familiarising myself with a course which I already know well.

“I’m also racing the C2 doubles (with Rich Hounslow). We had a fantastic start to the season with bronze at the European Championships, but it just hasn’t come together in the World Cups. The championship has long gone, but we’ll still give it our best shot. We’re looking for a podium at one of the last two races.

“Next month’s World Champs in London is always at the back of my mind. It’s the biggest race of the season and also counts towards qualifying for the Olympics next year, so the whole summer has been geared towards London.”