Florence building towards Worlds after bronze with Hounslow

17 August 2014 / 18:48

David Florence admitted he and Richard Hounslow grabbed themselves a timely boost ahead of next month’s World Championships after picking up C2 bronze at the final canoe World Cup event of the season.

Double Olympic silver medallist Florence had finished second in the men’s C1 on Saturday and teamed up with fellow world champion Hounslow for the final day of action in Augsburg.

Seventh in the morning’s semi-finals, the pair stepped it up in the final, recording a clean run of 109.69 seconds.

It saw them finish just 0.89secs adrift of the winning French duo of Gauthier Klauss and Matthieu Peche with silver going to Germany’s Franz Anton and Jan Benzien.

And with the canoe slalom World Championships in Maryland running from September 17-21, Florence admits things are shaping up well.

“We didn't have our best run but we had a perfectly good run and to go clean counts for a lot I think on that course,” said Florence.

 “It's very good to get a medal going into the Worlds. This is the World Cup final as well and all the guys were here and everyone was racing so it  gives you that bit of confidence.

“I'll enjoy the medal then get back to Lee Valley for my last few weeks of training before the Worlds.”

Elsewhere Britain’s Fiona Pennie, Beth Latham and Mallory Franklin won silver in the K1 Team final, to raise the squad’s medal count for the weekend to five.

It came after Franklin took women’s C1 gold on Saturday with 21-year-old Joe Clarke winning silver in the men’s K1.

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