David Florence will go for gold at 7.15pm tonight after battling through the semi-finals.
The Aberdonian clocked a time of 99.43 seconds, good enough for seventh place.
His time was fifth-best when he finished but his time was beaten by France’s Denis Gargaud Chanut and Sideris Tasiadis of Germany.
After a slightly disappointing start, he powered through the gates to make up time.
With the top 10 out of the 14 semi-finalists going through, his odds of qualifying always looked good.
And as the current world number one and the reigning world champion, Florence is one of the North-east’s top medal prospects.
The 34-year-old won silver in this event in Beijing eight years ago and will have another shot at gold soon.
Florence qualified for the C2 canoe slalom semi-finals with Richard Hounslow yesterday.
The duo won silver together in that category in London four years ago.
Florence and Hounslow go into tomorrow’s semi-final and final among the favourites.