David Florence and Richard Hounslow brought the curtain down on the Canoe Slalom European Championships with bronze in Germany.
The pair were leading the field after the semi-final and showed that they were the fastest in the final as well.
However, a touch cost them two seconds and moved the gold medal out of their grasp.
But Hounslow refused to dwell on the disappointment and insists he is happy with how the duo managed to perform.
“For the first race of the season we are really happy, particularly given it is such a difficult course,” he said.
“We are disappointed with the touch, but that’s just the way it goes sometimes.
“On every run this weekend we were in the top three. That shows we are up there consistently with the fastest and hopefully as the season progresses we can put it altogether and be the best in the final.”
There was more to cheer in the C2 as Mark Proctor and Etienne Stott made it through to the final and finished fifth on their international debut as a pair.
“We are really pleased with how things went and Mark and I have a lot to be proud of,” said Stott.
“We tested our racing systems on the biggest stage to date and showed that we are on the right track.
“We raced very smart and made some good decisions, which we executed with real commitment. After a difficult start in the heats we got better in the semi-final and again in the final.”
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