Silver for Hounslow and Florence in C2 canoe slalom
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Silver for Hounslow and Florence in C2 canoe slalom

11 August 2016 / 19:58
David Florence and Richard Hounslow repeated their feat of London 2012 by taking silver in the C2 canoe slalom at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.

The British duo traversed the course in a time of 102.01, just under half a second behind winners, cousins Peter Skantar and Ladislav Skantar of Slovakia.

While Hounslow becomes a double Olympic medallist, Florence adds a third silver to his collection, having come second in the C1 event in London as well.

"After the disappointment a couple of days ago [in the C1] we wanted to hold together a really solid run and we did that," Florence said, referencing his 10th place finish in the C1 final on Tuesday.

"I was just thinking of what I had to do on each gate going down. It felt like 'yes, we got that gate right' and 'yes, we got that gate right'.

"We paddle on a different side to the Kantars and that last move, the spin manoeuvre, is a lot quicker for them and a real challenge for us, but we held it together and got through the bottom part of the course to plan."

In London, Florence and Hounslow finished second to fellow Brits Etienne Stott and Tim Baillie, with another pair of Slovakian relatives, the Hochschorner brothers, taking bronze.

In Rio it was the Skantars who proved their toughest competitors on the final run and Hounslow says he and Florence can be proud of their achievements in Brazil.

He said: "Top to bottom it was a good run. Maybe not perfect but that's the name of the game here.

"We didn't know if it was a medal or not with still two more boats going. To come away with an Olympic medal is a fantastic achievement and we're really proud of it.

"I'm absolutely delighted and now I'm looking forward to cheering on the rest of Team GB for the rest of the Olympics."

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