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Florence keeping it simple ahead of selection races

April 11, 2013 11:27 am

Two-time Olympic silver medallist David Florence is keeping it simple as he bids to represent Britain in both the C1 and C2 canoe slalom events this year.

The 30-year-old claimed silver in the C2 with Richard Hounslow at the London 2012 Olympics last summer as British teammates Tim Baillie and Etienne Stott took gold.

That came four years after Florence won silver in the C1 on his Olympic debut in Beijing with his efforts with Hounslow at London 2012 earning him pre-selection for the C2 for Britain this year.

He still has to qualify his place in the C1 though and, with the first selection races this weekend in Nottingham, he isn’t overcomplicating what he needs to do to achieve that.

“I know on paper I have a good chance of being selected,” said Florence. “I’ll take each round as it comes, putting down the best run that I can, and hopefully that will put me in the team.

“I’m preparing for those races and taking them seriously and making sure I get my place on the team so I can get to the events that I really want to; the World and European Championships and the World Cups.

“London was pretty unique in being a home Games, and now there’s some new excitement of what Rio is going to bring, learning about when they are going to build the course there.

“The goal is definitely to keep going for the next four years and to get to Rio. But every year is a big year. This year the big target is the World Championships, it’s always a massive race. 

“But really they are all big races for me and the World Cups are massive, massive races, as is the European Championships.

“So really it will be a case of one race at a time with slightly more emphasis on my general training and preparation to build towards the worlds at the end of the year.”

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