Kayaking, Canoeing & Rafting

Olympic Canoeing | Team GB’s Dave Florence & Richard Hounslow Win Silver

Florence claims doubles medal after individual heartbreak

David Florence & Richard Hounslow in action in the men’s C2 final. Photo: Screenshot

British Canoeist David Florence has had quite the week. Two days ago, he was feeling heartbroken after having messed up his run in the C1 individual canoeing final at the Rio White Water Stadium. But this evening he was all smiles after winning the C2 doubels event with his paddling partner Richard Hounslow.

The pair, who finished in the same position at the London Olympics four years ago, unfortunately couldn’t quite match the time set by the blindingly quick Slovakian Skantar brothers, who’d dropped before them.

“They looked happy to be in second at the end of their run.”

Florence and Hounslow looked happy as they finished their run. Photo: screenshot

However, they clearly felt like they’d put in a strong performance and looked happy to be in second at the end of their run. They then faced a nail-biting few minutes while the final two boats – paddled by the Czech and German teams – took their runs.

The Czech pair, Kaspar and Sindler, were looking very strong and were up at the splits. But they capsized dramatically going through one of the slalom gates, leaving the Florence and Hounslow guaranteed a bronze. When the Germans, who as top qualifiers got to go last, failed to match the British team’s time, the silver was theirs.

Fiona Pennie their compatriot, unfortunately incurred two penalties and couldn’t make the medals in the women’s K1 final shortly afterwards. However, following Joe Clarke’s unexpected gold medal in the men’s individual kayaking last night, this has been a successful week for British Canoeing. If only the poor Czechs could say the same…

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