‘Job done’ for David Florence on road to Rio

David Florence at Lee Valley. Pic: Getty
David Florence at Lee Valley. Pic: Getty
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Edinburgh canoeist David Florence will try to make it third time lucky in Rio next summer after booking his place in Great Britain’s slalom team at the Olympic Trials in London.

The silver medallist from Beijing 2008 and London 2012 will have two shots at gold next August following back-to-back wins in the C1 singles and C2 doubles on the same Lee Valley course where he claimed his third world title last month.

Florence was only sixth after the first run of the C1 event but improved to 97.51secs on his second attempt to beat world bronze medallist Ryan Westley by 0.89secs.

He then teamed up with Rich Hounslow to clock 107.53 in the C2 race, finishing 0.79 ahead of Rhys Davis and Matt Lister.

“To go to Rio is an absolute dream for me,” smiled the 33-year-old. “I started with a very poor run in the C1, but I’m really pleased to have come back from that to take the two wins and wrap up my Olympic place.

“Olympic selection is always a really tough series of races, and I’m absolutely delighted to have taken my place on Team GB for Rio next year.”

Florence’s double victory gave him the luxury of sitting out yesterday’s and today’s final two selections races, and he admitted: “It’s been a very long season, so that’s me finished for the year. Job done!”