Canoeing: Eilidh Gibson enjoys happy Valley again

Eilidh Gibson produced a clean run in 103.03secs
Eilidh Gibson produced a clean run in 103.03secs
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EDINBURGH UNIVERSITY canoeist Eilidh Gibson clearly loves the Lee Valley Olympic course after qualifying fourth-fastest for Sunday’s C1 singles semi-finals at the slalom World Championships in London.

The Kinross teenager finished second in a World Cup race at Lee Valley last summer, and she looked equally assured yesterday, producing a clean run in 103.03secs as British paddlers excelled on home water with Kim Woods going quickest and Mallory Franklin also making the top ten in ninth. “Let’s hear it for the girls!” smiled Gibson.

Edinburgh’s 2013 world champion David Florence also progressed safely from yesterday’s men’s C1 heats. Despite clipping a gate to incur a two-second time penalty, Florence easily made the top 20 in 16th place as Slovakia’s World Cup winner Matej Benus led the qualifiers.

Gibson and Florence both have the day off today, but Roslin’s Brad Forbes-Cryans will be in action in the K1 kayak heats.