Aberdeen’s David Florence was the first athlete to secure his place on the British canoeing senior team for the season.
It’s the 19th year men’s canoe single (C1) competitor Florence has made the squad, with the trials event at Lee Valley White Water Centre also doubling up as the first of three Olympic selection meets.
Florence, who won C1 silver at Beijing 2008, as well as C2 doubles silvers with Richard Hounslow at both London 2012 and Rio 2016, will be hopeful of qualifying for next year’s Tokyo Games.
The 36-year-old, who came out on top of races both Saturday and yesterday with a best time of 89.42 for the course near London, said: “I am very pleased, the standard is so high and all these guys are difficult to beat.
“I am really pleased I put in good runs and it was enough, especially to win every run.
“The first two days are crucial days and now it is over for me and I can relax and know I have got that first spot on the team, my nineteenth year.”
With Englishman Ryan Westley already pre-selected, at least four competitors, including Adam Burgess, Will Smith, Will Coney and Tom Abbott, were set to battle it out today for the third and final British C1 squad place.
After coming out on top after day one, former world champion Florence had said: “It gets harder every year at selection with the standards getting higher and higher.
“When I started out the other guys selected were struggling to get through semi finals at international level and now they are all amongst the top guys in the world.
“It is really tough and I just turn up and try and put down the best runs I can.”