Canoeing: European team gold for Edinburgh Uni’s Eilidh Gibson

Eilidh Gibson won another gold medal with Great Britain
Eilidh Gibson won another gold medal with Great Britain
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Another team gold for Edinburgh University student Eilidh Gibson partly made up for the shock failure of triple world champion and three-time Olympic medallist David Florence at the European Canoe Slalom Championships in Tacen, Slovenia.

While Florence was unable to reach the C1 semi-finals, Gibson, 21, provided ample consolation in the C1 team event as she, Mallory Franklin and Kim Woods repeated their victory in Slovakia last May, finishing four seconds clear of Germany.

Gibson’s hopes of a dream double soared when she went third-quickest in the individual C1 semis, but she hit two of the first eight gates in the final to incur four seconds of time penalties. She never really recovered and then looked on as her team-mate Woods produced a perfect run to take gold.

Roslin’s Bradley Forbes-Cryans was second on the same Tacen course at last September’s World Cup Final, yet he struggled in the K1 kayak heats before failing to advance from the semi-finals as he finished down in 24th place.