Penalty costs David Florence a first European title

David Florence and Richard Hounslow (Getty Images)
David Florence and Richard Hounslow (Getty Images)
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A clipped gate cost David Florence his first European title as the Edinburgh canoeist and Rich Hounslow had to settle for bronze in yesterday’s C2 doubles final at the European Slalom Championships in Markkleeberg, near Leipzig.

The 2013 world champions and Olympic runners-up qualified quickest from yesterday’s semi-finals and again went fastest in the final, clocking 104.06secs, but a two-second time penalty denied them gold by just 1.60secs as German duo Robert Behling and Thomas Becker benefited from the mistake. It was still a much better day for Florence after he missed out on a spot in Saturday’s C1 singles final, finishing 12th with only the top ten going froward.

Edinburgh-born 20-year-old Bradley Forbes-Cryans, who now lives in Roslin, also failed to progress from Saturday’s K1 kayak semi-finalss but finished a respectable 17th on his senior international debut.