David Florence finds his form as he shrugs off Euro hangover

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Edinburgh’s David Florence shrugged off his European Championship hangover as he qualified impressively for tomorrow’s C1 semi-finals at the slalom World Cup in Prague yesterday.

The triple world champion and three-time Olympic silver medallist sensationally bombed out in the heats at the Euros in Slovenia earlier this month, but Florence was more like his usual self yesterday and went through fifth-quickest on his first attempt after clocking an error-free 86.55secs.

“That was a bit closer to what I expect from myself,” he confirmed. “It was spot-on for a first round heat and I’m pleased to get through.”

Roslin’s Bradley Forbes-Cryans also failed to do himself justice at the Euros but also bounced back yesterday. He was only 43rd-fastest on his opening run but nailed his second attempt, clocking 83.14 to claim one of the additional ten spots in today’s semis. It was tight, though, as even one clipped gate would have resulted in a two-second time penalty and elimination for the Scot.

“I didn’t qualify as I wanted to, but I’m still in the competition,” he said. “The course will change for the semis, so I just need to pick myself up and re-set. Nobody remembers the heats when the medals are handed out.”