30 July 2012
Today, David Florence began his Olympic campaign competing in the first heats of the men’s C2 slalom race at the Lee Valley Water sports centre. Beginning with a shaky start it did not look hopeful for the 2008 Silver medal champion, as David and his partner Richard Hounslow encountered a six-second penalty after hitting gates 12, 17 and 20 (each impact adds two seconds to the final time). After the first run they placed 10th in the group - a full 7 places behind the other British hopefuls.
However, not all was lost, as both theirs and spectator’s prayers were answered as they completed their second run with a clean sheet and a respectable time of 101.08seconds. This ranked them 4th with an overall position of 7th in the group, easily qualifying for the semi-finals, which will take place on Thursday 2nd August.