Florence and Franklin strike World Cup gold

07 June 2014 / 22:01

Double world champion David Florence made a winning return to the scene of his second Olympic silver medal claiming canoe slalom World Cup gold in London.

Florence claimed victory in the C1 category beating Slovakia's Matej Benus by 3.33 seconds over the demanding course at Lee Valley.

“It was difficult and the gate setters hadn’t held back with where they positioned the gates,” he said.

“To take a victory anywhere is incredible and especially here where I train in front of a home crowd, what a day.

“Home support was fantastic. I could hear the crowds every run, with people shouting on the start line and cheering all the way down the course.  

"There were a bunch of kids I help coach and to hear them running all the way down it was great.”

British paddlers also claimed a 1-2 in the women's C1, with 19-year old Mallory Franklin taking gold ahead of team-mate Eilidh Gibson, 18, who last weekend finished fifth in her first senior European Championships in Vienna.

“I could hear the commentary and that my team-mate was winning,” said Franklin.

“I guess that was a little bit of pressure but at the same time I could hear the pace she did and I knew that in the semis which was a solid run for me I was quick enough so that gave my confidence. I took it into my run and it came out well."

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