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David Florence Up Beat After Double Gold.

David Florence was upbeat and optimistic for success at London 2012 after he took two golds in the Canoe Slalom World Cup in Cardiff at the weekend. Speaking to the press, Florence was clearly delighted with his double win, which sees him secure the C1 and C2 World Cup titles weeks before he will compete at the Olympics. The 29-year-old Scottish canoeist took first place in the C1 event comfortably ahead of his nearest rivals, Russia’s Alexander Lipatov and Slovakia’s Alexander Slafkovsky. This was followed-up by an impressive performance in the C2 event, which saw Florence and partner, Richard Hounslow, take a clear win.
Florence is an odds-on favorite for medal success at London 2012. He took the silver medal for C1 in the 2008 Beijing Games, after being beaten into second place by Russian canoeist, Michal Martikan. Martikan was not competing at the World Cup in Cardiff, which is likely to have given Florence an advantage, but the level of racing competition was still extremely high and Florence’s double victory was impressive by anyone’s standards.
Speaking to the press after his victory, Florence explained that winning a double gold at a World Cup event on home soil was a very special achievement that doesn’t happen that often. Within the context of the upcoming Olympic Games, the victory is a huge boost in psychological terms and is likely to result in a greater level of support for Florence and his fellow Team GB canoeists / kayakers. Florence’s achievement follows on from the monumental success of triple-gold-winner Ed McKeever at the Canoe Sprint World Cup last month.
Words by A.L.Cuin.

Tags: C1, C2, Canoe Slalom World Cup, Canoeing, Cardiff, David Florence, Ed McKeever, Kayaking, Richard Hounslow

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