Great Britain’s David Florence proved he is still a world force to be reckoned with as he topped the leaderboard at World Cup 2 in Krakow, Poland, taking gold in the men’s canoe single (C1).
Florence, from Aberdeen, had looked in confident mood all week, cruising through the heats on Friday and then posting the fastest run time in both the semi-final and final. He finished with an impressive 83.86 seconds, 0.27 seconds ahead of Slovakia’s Alexander Slafkovsky with Michal Jane of the Czech Republic third.
Delighted to win his first World Cup medal since 2015, Florence said: “I am incredibly pleased to be back on the podium and a bit relieved to be honest. I have felt like I have paddled so well in recent times but just not got the rewards.
“The guys in Britain are so strong now that winning selection in itself was a great achievement, but winning the semi-finals at Europeans and coming away with nothing and then missing the final at the first World Cup last week was pretty disappointing.
“To be right up there and win the semi-final, it would have been tough to come away with nothing. I put in a great run and to actually win the race makes me very, very happy.”
Asked about the pressure of going off last, he added: “I didn’t know how the race was going and I don’t really find it makes a lot of odds.”
Scotland’s Fiona Pennie was Great Britain’s sole representative in the women’s single kayak (K1) final. Contesting her first World Cup final of the season, she picked up a touch early on at gate two and could not find the added pace to keep the later paddlers at bay.