Florence hails Olympic course

12 July 2012 / 16:51

David Florence believes he will hold only a slender advantage over his Olympic rivals despite his Games training taking place on the canoe slalom course at Lee Valley.

The Scot, who claimed silver in the C1 class in Beijing four years ago, is a strong contender to grab gold in London and has spent plenty of time at the White Water Centre, which is located 30 kilometres north of the Olympic Park.

Florence admits the course suits his style but is well aware other competitors have also enjoyed plenty of practice on the rapids at Lee Valley.

"It's a fantastic course, we train there day in, day out and it's undoubtedly one of the best in the world ," he told Press Association Sport.

"It looks very impressive and it's going to be a great spectacle.

"We've paddled on the course more than anyone else, so in that sense we have some advantage. But, at the same time, all of the other guys have been over so much for training camps that it's going to be fairly minimal. It's a big, fast white water course, similar to Beijing where I performed well. So I know the course suits me well enough."

As well as aiming to go one better in C1, Florence will also compete alongside Richard Hounslow in the C2 slalom. The pair have enjoyed a huge amount of success over the last three years, including gold in this year's European Championships and World Cup series.

Hounslow, who also rides in the K1 slalom, told Press Association Sport: "Realistically in the C2 I think we've got a fantastic chance of getting a medal.

"We're up against the Hochschorner twins, who are triple Olympic champions. They're going to take a lot of beating but we've done it before and there's no reason why we can't here in front of our own crowd.

"In the kayak, that's been a bit more tricky this year. I've not maybe done quite as well as I wanted to but I feel I'm back on the form I showed when I gained selection to Team GB. Hopefully I'll take that into the Olympics."