Final leg of the Canoe Slalom World Cup Series commences
There’s no time for post Olympic blues in the World of Canoe Slalom as the World Cup series ramps up once again for the last two races of the season. World Cup Four commences this weekend (24th – 26th August) in Prague, Czech Republic.
London 2012 proved to be a colourful one for GB Canoeing winning Gold and Silver in the Canoe Double category, and although Olympic Champions Tim Baillie and Etienne Stott and a Silver medallist David Florence and Richard Hounslow will not be on the start line in the C2 event the mood is one of confidence and excitement to continue the British success.
David Florence, despite not competing in the C2 with Olympic Silver medallist partner Richard Hounslow, will be on the start in the C1 (Canoe Singles). Currently ranked number two in the world, Florence is looking to claim back the number one spot that he held in the run up to the Olympic Games. He will be joined by Mark Proctor and Adam Burgess who are both eager to get back on the racing start line.
David Florence comments ahead of racing: “It’ll be great to race the final World Cups of the year. Though they might not be as big as the Olympics, they’re still major competitions with most the world’s top boats and I’m really looking forward to competing.”
In the Women’s K1 (Kayak Single) Lizzie Neave will be looking to make a mends for her disappointment in London, which saw just outside the final, and show the fine form she demonstrated earlier in the World Cup series where she took a Bronze medal. Neave will be joined in the K1 women’s by European Bronze medallist Fiona Pennie and Louise Donington.
With GB’s Olympic Gold and Silver medallist deciding to give the last two World Cup races a miss, it’s provided an opportunity for a group of younger athletes to gain valuable experience. The crews of Greg Pitt/Adam Burgess, George Tachell/Tom Quinn and Matt Lister/Rhys Davies will all be looking to get amongst the field eager to earn a spot in the finals.
The experienced Campbell Walsh will be racing for GB in the men’s K1 (Kayak Single), having secured two finals earlier in the season he will be searching for the podium. Also in the K1 is Tom Brady who will be keen to make the semi-final having found himself just on the outside over the earlier World Cups, Walsh and Brady will be joined by Joe Morley.
Mallory Franklin leads the British C1 women, and with medals from the European Championships and World Cup races she has shown she is in great form so far this season, joining Franklin in the C1 women’s is young Kimberley Woods.
Final’s and medal winning days are Saturday and Sunday.
The GB Canoe Slalom team
Men’s K1 (Kayak Single)
Men’s C1 (Canoe Single)
Men’s C2 (Canoe Double)
Greg Pitt/Adam Burgess
George Tatchell/Tom Quinn
Matt Lister/Rhys Davies