Florence strikes World Cup silver in Prague

21 June 2014 / 15:42

Great Britain’s David Florence added to his growing medal haul in 2014 by winning silver at the canoe slalom World Cup in Prague.

Competing on the same course where he became a double world champion in 2013, the Scot finished 1.87 seconds behind Slovakian Michal Martikan with a total time of 95.43 seconds in the men’s C1 final.

The two-time Olympic silver medallist had been fastest in his heat on Friday and quickest in the semi-finals but a penalty on gate 12 in the final cost him the gold medal. Great Britain’s Mark Proctor finished tenth.

“I would have loved to have taken the win but it's great to get on the podium at least because every medal is hard earned,” said the 31-year-old, who won World Cup gold at Lee Valley two weeks ago.

“I was pleased to win the first run of the heats and to win the semi, but it still all comes down to that final run. 

“Most of the final went well but there was just one bit where it really went quite badly wrong and then I just had to put it behind me and try and finish the run off.  It obviously cost me the win.

“It was a difficult course today and you saw that reflected in that there were penalties and mistakes, but it made for some pretty exciting finals.

“But the course has good memories for me and it's got to be my most successful venue. It was one of the first international venues I came to as a junior. I thought it was amazing and absolutely loved the course, and it's gone on to serve me well over the years.”

In other races, Joe Clarke, 21, reached his first World Cup final in the men’s K1 event, finishing sixth with Richard Hounslow ninth while in the women’s C1 final, Jasmine Royle finished seventh two places ahead of Scottish teenager Eilidh Gibson.

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