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Here cams Kelly Holmes. The crowd Great Britain get the gold medal.


Kelly Holmes for Great Britain. Welcome to Bratislava, host of the


2011 canoe 12 slalom championships. Slovakia is a powerhouse of this


fast and furious sport. In the middle of the River Danube, it is


considered to be the world's best. That is where they are willing to


do battle to become kings and In the women's K-1, Fiona Pennie


looks to regain the form that saw her win world soon -- silver in


2006. In case your knowledge is a bladed paddle pulls up in kayak,


they use a double blade. Canoe slalom is a minute and a half, high


octane, Whitewater may hem. It takes a quick reactions, physical


strength and mental toughness to be fast. It helps to be a bit of a


nutter. You need a long reach, a strong grip on the water and good


upper-body strength to power yourself down the cause. Being in


the water is one thing but handling technique around the gates is quite


another. In competition you have to negotiate the course. Read gates up


a bit tricky. -- red. You have to paddle against the flow. The best


way to do a red gate is to control the speed on the approach, go hard


up to the gate and get back into the flow as quickly as possible.


Missed a gate is a 52nd penalty and your race is over. You are up the


creek without a paddle. We have made our way to this year's course.


The 2011 championships are the main qualification event for London 2012.


Joining me to discuss how the Brits could do his former world champion,


Richard Fox. As hosts, Great Britain get the boat in each of


those events. They want to come here and earned them properly. How


well do they have to perform? want to show they can earn them by


right. In the men's and women's kayak, it is the top nations. In


the men's C-1, it is the top 10 and the men's C-2, it is eight.


tough is it? This is one of the greatest courses in the world. It


was built in 1996 was a big blows of the great Danube river. It is


probably the steepest course. -- in 1996. It flows off the Great River


Danube. The athletes like it. It is very challenging, as we saw this


morning in the semi-finals. Britain have already got two boats in the


C-2 men's final and Fiona Pennie in the women's C-2 final. It is wide


open. The Olympic champion has qualified for the women's final in


10th place. I would expect her to put down a big round. It is well


within the reach of Fiona Pennie. It is a tough course. It has been


modified from the heats. In the C-2, having two boats, you have two


shots at the podium. Tim Baillie has done very well to reach the


final. They will be satisfied. There will be a fierce fight next


year for the Olympic spot. The podium is within reach. Our first


final is the C-2. After taking silver in Beijing in a individual


can move, David Florence and Richard Hounslow are teaming up.


is absolutely flying. This is a tremendous time. After Beijing, I


won an Olympic medal. I focused on that for so long. I did not want --


I did not know what to do next. was so close to retiring. I was


accepted into Sandhurst. I was going to go into the Army.


decided I wanted a new challenge. I thought about taking up another


category. No one else really did it in canoeing slalom at the time.


Chris Hoy inspired me to do something different. I told him my


ideas. He laughed at me. As soon as we started doing that, I realised I


had another Olympics in May. I still had the drive and the hunger


for it. I thought I should give it another go. Paddling in C-2,


technically it is very different from the C-1 class. We had a lot of


techniques to learn. You have your legs in front of you in C-1. In C-2,


who kneel down. I find it hard. Specific techniques around the


gates are much more difficult. can probably last about 20 minutes


until it gets painful. You won the bronze last year. The you are


always pushing for the medals. We're looking to push on into


silver and gold, to be honest. We are up against some tough


competition. In the C-2 category, you have the two best crews in the


world. They are hard to beat. They were beaten at the World Cup in


Prague. It will be their home water in Bratislava. Hopefully we can


turn them over. There is the line- up for the men's C-2 final.


Ladislav and Peter Skantar lead off. They are up against Pavol and Peter


Hochshorner. Listen to the raw. Two slacking crews in the final.


Ladislav and Peter Skantar, they have won gold before and been


bronze medallists before. They have got themselves off to a nice start.


They need to make sure they set their boat up nicely through the


messy bits of water. Driving around the upstream gate, and again the


roars and the sirens Of going around the course. There is a


fantastic atmosphere. Just finding a bit of difficulty. This is a


tight stagger. It is about keeping their boat tracking downstream as


much as they can. They had two seconds of penalties already higher


up the course as they negotiate that upstream gate. Into the fast,


rushing water. They have not touched the poll yet. That was the


wind and breeze blowing it. No penalties yet. They managed to


negotiate that very well and take the boat running. It comes off the


wall and they are going to align themselves up for the stagger


sequence. They are pulling it back around. It is about making sure the


boat is running smoothly through the white water. These cousins know


each other's strengths and weaknesses as they head towards the


end. Just a few gates to go. This is where it gets tiring. Still just


two seconds of penalties. They are going to set a fast time. This is


going to be tough to beat. 109.86 is the total and that puts them


into first place. That was a really good ran from Ladislav and Peter


Skantar. They have put in a good run. They have set a high standard.


Tim Baillie and Etienne Stott for Britain start their campaign.


They've finished 4th in 2009. They have been prominent over the last


few years on the international circuit. They know each other so


well. They look as though they are off to a pretty good start. They


have negotiated the upstream gate three well. They have got their


boat tracking nicely downstream. They have had a number of injuries


during the winter. They have managed to get back on track and


are fighting hard. We have another British pair in David Florence and


Richard Hounslow to go. They will have one eye on the Olympic


selection. No penalties so far for Great Britain. They made their way


through that tricky stagger sequence. They are going to break


out into the upstream. They will spend a bit of time setting their


boat up to make sure they can stay on the inside poll as much as


possible. No penalties so far. They have picked one up there. That


could make a difference. It will be interesting to see at the next so -


- check, how they compare. They had a little way to go. They had gone


through that won nicely. They can see the finish from where they are.


-- one. They need to align themselves up for the next


downstream gate. They need to stay as tight as possible. They are a


bit low. They push into the flow on the last bit of the course. They


are trying to get back into clean water. They're coming towards the


finish. Great Britain are in second place. A solid performance for the


first major Championship of the year after having major injuries.


No change in the board here. Ladislav and Peter Skantar still in


first place. Now it is the turn of Florence and Hounslow. It is the


second British boat. The competition between the two British


boats will do the power of good for competition in Great Britain.


Absolutely. They have been pushing each other on. There will be tough


competition for the Olympics spot. An individual silver medallist in


Beijing in 2008. That was a cracking competition. Since then he


has been keen to make sure the C-2 category is something great Britain


should do well at international level. They are doing pretty well


so far. No penalties at the moment. They are lining it up for the


Stagger sequence. The course is very tight. We can see them pushing


on down. They have dropped a little bit low. They have pushed their


boat back up. We can see Richard Hanslope swapping sides to try to


stay on the inside of that poll. -- Richard Hounslow. They know their


way around the international arena and in terms of pressure and


performance. This man-made course is really testing them. Still no


penalties, still looking good for us DUP still chasing the lead that


is held by Ladislav and Peter Skantar. The Slovakians are


delighted. We had Denis Gargaud Chanut and Fabien Lefevre to come.


A nice jump in net into the upstream. They are having to drive


out into the float and negotiate 21 and 22 as fast as they can. It is


quick. They are clear in terms of penalties. One had and 10.33. --


last gate to keep their boat as dry as possible. These two guys are


almost Gods in Slovakia, the Hochschorner twins. They have been


absolutely brilliant over the years - three times Olympic champions.


They're going for their fourth victory in the World Championships


in a row in C-2 canoeing, and I guess they have set themselves up


as the pre-event favourites, but they've got to deliver, and a


really high standard has been set already by their team-mates,


Ladislav Skantar and Peter Skantar. But the Hochschorners, well, you've


got to say they're going well, aren't they? They certainly are,


and they're looking very smooth as they work together to power their


boat through the course, sometimes a bit of a joke of how they


actually don't look like they're trying that hard, but that's the


key to what makes them so fast. They're going for their own little


bit of history. They have already won this C-2 category four times in


the past, but there was a gap of a year between those victories, so


they've won it three times in a row, and nobody in the history of


canoeing or kayaking has ever won four gold medals in a row. These


guys can do it. They have kept a clean sheet so far - around about


halfway - just over halfway down the course at the minute, and


technically superb. Executing the upstream gates really well, which


is why we see it lost, sliding into the upstream gate, push out across


the course, a quick spin, get the boat tracking back downstream again.


Let's not forget of course if anybody goes into first place here,


that means that Britain move down the table. And this is looking very


quick. It's just all about whether they can get in and out of this


last upstream now. They have executed that very well. They're


driving their boat now all the way to the finish line. It's going to


be close. It's just over a hundred. Look for the number one appearing


on the caption - it could be, yes, it is, 106.76, the Hochschorners in


the lead, the former world champions in France yet to go.


excellent run from the Hochschorner brothers. You see them there


sliding into the last upstream gate, gate 20, as they pull themselves


out to make it a quick run. There is only the French left, and so


they can challenge the Hochschorners, of course, but if


they do, if they go into the lead or get one of the top three places,


that really does mean that David Florence and Richard Hounslow could


be out of the medals. I've got mixed feelings with this one, Helen,


but certainly Fabien Lefevre at the front there, he is one of the all-


time greats in - just on the water in any sort of canoe. Yeah, he now


paddles kayak in the C-2. They're off to an excellent start. They're


nice and tight around the upstream gate they're going to look to now


really set themselves up for this next stagger sequence which is


really tight. We have seen them spin in gate nine. I wonder what


they're going to do. Certainly none to the big crews have messed up so


far. The most number of penalties we have seen are two seconds for


one touch, such has been the precision of their paddling at the


moment, and the banks on both sides of this course absolutely packed to


the Rafters, and wouldn't they like to see a home victory? At the


moment the Hochschorners are leading. The Skantar cousins are


still in with a shout of a medal as well, but can the French upset


them? The French pair are looking superb. They're work, so well


together. It's all about whether they can keep themselves composed


in this last section of the course. It's tricky, this last stagger


sequence. They push out. They go forward. We have seen a number of


crews spin that. I wonder what they'll do at 17. They're pushing


backwards to get their boat across the river. They're slightly a head


of the Hochschorners by just over a second, so this is looking good for


France at the moment. It's a lot of time to be won and lost on gate 20.


Here we saw them lean a little bit heavy on their blades. Again, watch


the clock. We're just over a hundred now. They've struggled a


little bit over the last couple of gates. It's going to be close. The


Hochschorners have got it. Slovakca have won the gold in C-2, and it's


France who in the end just ran out of steam, and they pick up a silver


medal, but Florence and Hounslow disappointing for them - they're


down in fourth place. A tight race there from the C-2


final to see the Hochschorners take the gold once again. There is the


result, a historic one for the mighty twin at the top of the table.


Slovakia third, but a good performance in fourth place, and


Britain also picking up sixth. it must be gutting to lose a medal


place in the final run. Yeah, it's always tough to be so close to a


medal. I think it was just under a half second behind, but at the end


of the day, I think we had a pretty good run. We probably paddled


better this year than last, and we got a medal, so you know, that's


good. Got another year now until the Olympics, so we've just got to


work hard over the winter and hopefully put ourselves up on the


podium. That's the thing with this sport, it's so unpredictable. What


were your nerves like during the race? I think I was more nervous


watching those last few guys come down and see how close we are. Like


he said, it's about going out there and putting in a good performance


yourself. We had a good run. Obviously wasn't quite good enough


today, but it was still good. We're making progress - in fourth,


although it's outside the medals, it's a good result. After so much


of the season out, you guys must have been so pleased to be in the


final. Yeah, when we were coming here, we said that was probably a


very satisfactory outcome for the weekend and something we'd be


really happy with, and you know, we've struggled. We haven't got the


training base behind us. Our form through the racing stages has been


mixed. The build-up to this race, we have tried to do everything


right. We made as many right decisions as we could. We nursed


ourselves. We done everything right, and to get this placing is our


second best result, and after all of this, we couldn't be


disappointed. So no medals, but solid runs from Partita for Solo


Violin No 2 crews that are still in the running to be part of Team GB


in 2012. When it comes to women, there is only one Olympic spot


available, but with more than one world-class paddler in the canoe


class squad, competition for it is. By being the only Brit to make the


women's K-1 final here at the Championships, Fiona Pennie has


made sure she's got the edge. Fiona Pennie, Lizzie Neave, Laura


Blakeman and Louise Donington have all proven themselves at world


level, but Great Britain only has one women's canoe slalom spot at


the Olympics. We all get on really well still. I mean, you've just got


to accept that only one person is going to go, and at the moment,


there is three girls on the team, but even out with those three girls,


there's other girls wanting to get that spot as well. It's not just


three. It's four, maybe six people going for this spot. So it's - we


get on, and you just have to do what you can, and we all know that


only one is going to get it. Do you talk about it much? Not really


between us, no. I think we all know what each other is thinking, and we


just get on with the game that we've got to do. How desperate are


you to make sure you're at the Olympics? It would be really


fantastic to do it again, you know. Obviously I went to Beijing, and


I've got some things to improve on from the Beijing result that I had,


which I wasn't very pleased with. I would definitely like to go again


and try and do better, and yeah, it's going to be hard - four girls


going to be one spot, but I'll do everything I can to make that spot.


How are you feeling about your form going into the World Championships?


It's improving. I am definitely feeling a lot stronger and fresher


as it were going into the race now. I am improving technically. There


is a big drop at the bottom which you really have to store up your


energy to make it to the bottom of the course, so yeah, it's steadily


improving, so I am really positive. Who are the ones to watch out


there? Well, the Slovak girls - Elena Kaliska, then the current


world champion, Katerina Hoskova. Anyone can win it.


To get us under way, one of the all-time greats in women's K-1


paddling, Elena Kaliska, 39 years old now and certainly a favourite


in her hometown of Slovakia, the former Olympic champion and of


course a former world champion too. How long can this woman keep going?


She's nearly 40 years old now, but she's better than ever. Absolutely.


I think the experience plays a big part in this canoe slalom. It


really helps to know how to control your emotions and the pressure, and


she's certainly proven she can do that before. She's a real


technician, so, so strong as well,ed a certainly her strength


and enthusiasm for the sport hasn't diminished over the years. She


could well be one of the athletes to beat here. Because I am assuming


she must know this course so well. Absolutely. She was trained here,


practised all the moves she could possibly do time and time again.


And that plays a really big part, to know what you're coming up


against. She looks like she's on a solid run - dropping a little bit


low into that gate. She needs to push out into the flow. It's all


about gate 12. She's sliding out a little bit and losing precious time.


She seems to be puffing and blowing a little bit, made a bit of as me


of that one, losing momentum coming out of the gate. That is so


important, but you can never discount her. She has been around


for so, so long and still is a threat to everybody, no matter


which competition she's into. Of course, the crowd here love her.


Absolutely, two-time Olympic champion. They all know exactly


what to be shouting for here today. She looks like she's pulling her


boat around, now pushing herself into the final drop, need to keep


the bow as dry as possible. Oh, she gets caught on the eddie line,


fighting to get into the back of it to finish off this course. She's


got to come out tight around that pole, so she wasted a lot of time


there. This actually looks as though it could be quite a slow


time for Elena Kaliska, but she's in the lead at the moment, 114.17.


She lays down a marker, and that's what everybody else has to beat.


Well, Fiona Pennie of Great Britain - she's done very, very well to


make? Final. She has been a British international since 1997 and


actually won a silver medal in K-1 paddling way back in 2006, but she


did have a tough time in Beijing, didn't she? She certainly did. She


fell out at the qualification stage. She'll certainly be look to make


amends hopefully next year in London. So Fiona Pennie gets things


under way, looking comfortable, looking relaxed. As you saw before


Elena Kaliska has laid down a marker of 114. That's the target,


certainly taking plenty of time to go around that pole. She's got to


keep the momentum going. We have been saying that all along, coming


out of the gate into fast-moving water or in a straight line. The


lines are so important. Executing that downstream gate very well. We


saw a number of boats spin in the C-2 category, but she took it


onboard and executed it well, pushing down hard. It's a very


physical course here, and she's a strong athlete. We'll see her


really put the grit in and push all the way down. She now needs to line


the boat up and hang on into that inside pole. We'll see in a little


while how she compares with the former Olympic champion Elena


Kaliska. Just going backwards through that one, but turns out of


it well. She'll now need to line her boat up as she enters the next


upstream gate before this tricky stagger sequence. She's fighting to


beat the pace of the water coming out of that one, and there is Elena


Kaliska's split time at the moment, 85.6, and she's just outside it.


She's really taking this course on. You can see her - focused, very


positive paddling. She needs to lift her bow as she enters gate 20,


getting a little bit stuck on the eddie line. It's tough upstream for


a lot of these ladies. You need a lot of power. She composed herself


well there, came out of that one quickly, so she has got a shout at


taking the lead. Fiona Pennie for Great Britain, it's going to be


close, and she's got it. She goes into the lead in the women's K-1


final. Superb. APPLAUSE


A display of extremely positive paddling from Fiona Pennie as she


took on that course. We saw her Kunler. She is the defending


champion. She has a lot of pride at stake here. The marker has been set


superbly by Fiona Pennie. Of course, anybody who beats Elena Kaliska on


a World Championship course, they can be very proud of that - that's


for sure. Absolutely, and she's made a good start. She's got to


push in nice and tight. That's excellent. She now needs to pull


out tightly as she lines her boat up for the next downstream stagger


sequence. We saw Fiona Pennie take this on very direct. I wonder what


she's going to do here. She looks pretty quick, but she's got a two-


second time penalty, driving out. It really is a vicious part of the


course there, but now she's picking up speed. She's gaining momentum.


No more mistakes at the moment for the Austrian. She was quick in and


out of that gate 11. Now is all about setting the boat up nicely


around that inside pole. That was excellent. She pushes out hard


across the river. She'll line her boat up for the eddie, which is a


bit slack and goes out on itself. We're getting to the point where we


can see her split time. We'll see how far she is up on it. I think


she'll have at least a couple of seconds. She'll be going


brilliantly. Certainly that early mistake, but none since. Look at


that. She's almost 1.5 seconds up on Fiona Pennie. It's all about


keeping supposed as she enters this gate and keeping the boat dry. Wow.


That was quicker than we have seen previously. She almost used the


wall as a stopper. That helped her a lot. Driving for the line now.


This is going to be a very good time for the Austrian, and goes


into the lead by some way. Fiona Pennie is now in second place.


Inessa K-1 final, Maialen Chourraut. -- in this K-1 final. She is one of


the smallest athletes on the circuit. She weighs in 10 kilos


lighter. Sheikh is getting a bit Court. She needs to compose herself


and set herself up nicely for the downstream sequence. It is looking


pretty tidy. She is going well. Corinna Kuhnle set a fantastic


standard. She was last to go. The Austrian still leads but the


Spaniard is going superbly. needs to keep herself nice and


composed. Push across the river. It is all about the set-up of the


second upstream gate. The Water wants to pursue it out. You have to


be careful not to pick up a two second penalty. You know where the


fast parts of the course are. is the key. You need to preserve as


much energy as you can. You need a lot of power. There is the split


for Corinna Kuhnle. Has the Spaniard lost some time? Yes, she


has. She is three seconds adrift. That is where the Austrian was so


good. It she needs to nail this entry gate. It is about pushing


back into the flow. She needs to make no more mistakes. You saw the


standard that had been set by Corinna Kuhnle. The Spaniard now,


113.58. She goes into second place. Away we go with Jana Dukatova. One


of the few people to be crowned champion in K-1 and C-1. Two


different sports. It is still Corinna Kuhnle, who is in the lead.


Jana Dukatova reaches very far forward. She won no doubt be


desperate for the gold medal on home ground. -- she will no doubt.


Corinna Kuhnle came down 25 minutes ago but she is sitting Supreme. The


second third of the cause is where the Austrian won it. She was so


strong. Already Jana Dukatova is looking jaded. She is going to use


the momentum she has gained. It is a tough course. You must stay


focused. With the home crowd, I am sure she will be staying positive.


Getting a bit stuck. Her team-mate his way out of the medals. No


return to form after injury. The host nation is hoping desperately


that Jana Dukatova can do something. This is the last split time.


Already she is some way out of that. She turned a bit early and is


losing time all the time. Getting a bit stuck. She is having to be


patient to make sure the boat is coming back buoyant. She needs to


concentrate. Head down and arms driving for the line. She could be


in with a chance of a medal. 113.33. Corinna Kuhnle is the champion and


she gets a silver medal. Good performance by Corinna Kuhnle and a


good performance by Jana Dukatova. Fiona Pennie finishes down in 5th


place. You finished in 5th, how plays are you? I am reasonably


pleased to get into the finals. I thought I might be in for a medal


at one. But and lost a bitter time on the bottom drop. That was enough.


-- I lost a bit of time. How hard is that? You have to watch and hope.


At the end of the day, the others paddled a better race than I did


and you get what you deserve, I suppose. Today was really tough.


The qualification course was easier. This morning there were some tight


bits but I went for it and was quite pleased with how it came off.


You had qualified the boat for the Olympics. You are in pole position.


You have performed well and given the strongest performance. There is


a selection series at Easter time next year to look forward to. It is


not certain I am in that boat yet. There is a lot of work to do over


the winter. Campbell Walsh joins me. Fiona Pennie came 5th in her final.


We had Richard Hounslow and David Florence just out of medal position


in force Macro -- in force. Having come force at the worlds and 4th at


the Olympics, I know how they're feeling. I think they stand up


pretty well in a strong and competitive final. It does set them


up well for next year to go one better or two better on the home


course. The Pavol and Peter Hochshorner brothers were great. No


surprises about Jana Dukatova in second. It is her home course and


she measured the run very well. Looking at how the Slovakians go on


her home course, now it is our turn. You are watching your team mates


from the stands, what you make of their performances? It was a good


performance yesterday. Tim had a long-term elbow problem which they


operated on. Both of them have been out of the boat for a long time.


After two months of training, it is really good. I think they were


happy with that. David and Richard, I think Forth is a good result.


They have been consistently hitting that. On a slightly better day they


get into the medals. They raced well and they know they did. Fiona,


she is capable of getting into the medals. I know she was disappointed.


I thought she paddled well and attacked the course. The two


downstream sequences they did direct without spinning. I think


she was the only girl in the final to do that. We were hoping to see


you in the K-1 men's semi-final which is coming up. You must be


gutted. I was such a long way off. I was not fast enough and I hit two


gates. It was not frustrating in that I was close, I made so many


mistakes. No regrets in the plant and the approach. I felt good at


the start. I would try to do the same again and execute it better.


You are a five-time world champion in the K-1. Another year with no


Brits in the K-1 final. Is it really tough competition? No doubt.


We have some young guns to liven it up a bit more. The top end, Peter


Kauzer, he has taken it up a level. Everyone is scrambling to keep up


with the top guys. Things will stabilise in the Olympic year. The


race is wide open. With one boat pan-Asian, it is different


altogether. The race is tight. -- per nation. In my day we raced


twice as far and built the run back to go if we made early errors. As


Campbell said, it does not always go your way. Let's see who won the


medals in the men's K-1 final. is the line-up. K two men's bronze


Championship aspirations. He has been champion in this event twice


before but never managed to repeat his performances. He will be


looking today to absolutely no other course. He is a leader in


terms of technique. In 2002, 2003, everyone was trying to copy his


style. As for Britain, in this event, we had Huw Swetnam. Richard


Hounslow was also in the event and he finished in 27th. Where event


find our next champion? It could be this man. -- where are we going to


at the moment. Precision all the way down. Huge awareness on this


very fast-moving course. He is nipping around each of those gates,


getting has -- getting as close as he can. That could be very costly


to him. You are right. That could be a difference between a gold and


nothing. We will have to wait and see. 98.89. He bangs the water with


his fist. He knew he made a mistake. He went in too early. He will be


very angry with himself about that one. Here goes the defending


champion. He has worn No. One on his best with pride. They say it is


harder to defend the title than it is to win it. Kate to men's 2010


Macro means business. -- Daniele Molmenti. He has got off to an


aggressive start. He whips his boat round and he is back out. He is


driving himself through this sequence. He is just outside of the


time set by the Frenchman. Well over a second. He needs to tidy it


up and make sure he does not get any more faults. Two seconds so far


and that could be costly. He spent a lot of time with his bow facing


across the river. He is pushing out. A quick turn. Driving on through


the next part of the course. Certainly in the previous


competitions, we have seen this middle part of the course really


taxing everyone in terms of technique, strength and momentum.


Almost a mistake. Still in second place. He needs to pick up speed.


He has been pushed a bit all over the place. He got very wet going


down into gate 20. This is better. He has gone extremely well. What


has he got in terms of time? 99.623. Down that middle and last part he


seemed to lose time as he got a bit caught up in the white water.


we go with Matej Benus -- Polaczyk from pollend. For these guys, it's


everything to go for. For Polaczyk, the only medal he has had has been


in the team event in 2006. He has a bit prove. Looking smooth as he


glides his boat over the top of the white water. We want to see the bow


as dry as possible. Every time it has water on top, it is slowing the


momentum down. Molmenti, he certainly finished his run - must


be desperately disappointed. He's coming on to the part of the course


really where Molmenti lost it. He made one or two fundamental errors,


and you really have got to keep it together here. There's all sorts of


difficulties, all sorts of very difficult gates, like that one, but


he's come out of it well, so Polaczyk at the moment still OK.


He's whipping his boat around the upstream gate nice and tight as he


pushes across the gate and down through that downstream gate in the


eddy. He now has to make sure he gets a nice entry into gate 15.


Keeping one eye on the leader board at the moment, Fabien Lefevre of


France, just over 98.5, his time, certainly possible, although this


fellow is still .75 of a second outside of that lead, so he's


really got to pick it up now. whips his boat over the eddy line


there, very quick, in and out of gate 20. It's now all about keeping


the drive on all the way to the finish line. It's going to be very


close indeed. He could push Fabien Lefevre down the leader board. Yes,


he can, 97.22, and we have a new leader, and that almost guarantees


him a medal as well! That was a superb run there. He kept his boat


nice and dry. He kept it lively as he whipped himself around all the


tricky stagger sequences. He'll be very happy with that one. It's all


down to this man, Peter Kauzer of Slovenia to decide where this


Championship will do. It is still Polaczyk in the lead with Fabien


Lefevre in third place, Molmenti, the defending champion, is still on


the medal rostrum at the moment, but this guy is a former world


champion himself. He's no mug. He knows this course well. He's


absolutely flying at the moment. really is tight that gate. He pulls


himself up and arounden back into the flow. He's really leaning


forward, taking control. We have seen very few penaltys in this


men's K-1 final, very tidy runs by the top ten. Driving on, certainly


seems as though he's got plenty left in reserve, plenty in the tank,


as it were. But he's going to need it. He's still in with a chance


here. Nice and tight around 11. He's keeping the inside pole on


gate 12. He now drives across the river and makes sure he keeps his


boat running in the downstream eddy. He has to keep his boat nice and


tight in gate 15 before he enters the tricky stagger sequence. Came


out of that well, looking for the fast water to take him on to the


next gate. He knows this course well. He won the European


Championships earlier on in the year. He's in the lead by well over


a second! Just the last part of the course to come, and he might have


got it, you know? Awesome. He just whips his head around that upstream


gate, drives it back out. I think we could really be on for a fight


for the lead now. Well, if it goes according to the form book,


Molmenti, the defending champion, could be out of medals altogether,


and Peter Kauser crosses the line with the fastest time, 96.01. He's


the new champion. That was a display of technical brilliance. He


made sure he got himself in and out of pole as quickly as he could.


certainly left his best until the very last competitor came down the


course. It's gold that goes to the opportunity to get to know this


course better than anyone else before these World Championships.


It's of course an advantage that Britain's paddlers will have ahead


of next year's Olympic games. Most of the squad have moved south to be


closer to Lee Valley, the canoe really good here. We also do our


land training at the Lee Valley White Water Centre, which is a


great facility. Moving house I found pretty interesting, exciting.


I had been living in the one place for 15 years. I really enjoyed


moving down here. We have a fantastic course to train on. It's


so much better than where we used to train. It's fantastic to be here,


to have a world-class venue so close to home. I live just around


the corner now. It's so great to be able to train here day in, day out.


You have to make some sacrifices. Really, if I wanted to progress, I


had to make the move, but that's what you have to do to get to the


top of your game. The course itself is a demanding one. It's a


difficult course, without a doubt. It's step, powerful water and


deceptively much harder than it looks from the river bank. Some of


the foreign paddlers that have been over here training, they think it


looks not bad, then they agree, it's tough. It was hard, really


hard to get used to at the start. Now we're getting more used to it,


knowing where to put the strokes in to do what we want to do. It's


always an advantage to train on the site you're going to be racing on.


Obviously, all the other guys are going to be over here a lot in the


build-up to the Olympics as well, but if we could be training


anywhere in the world, it would certainly be here. Home advantage


didn't help too much at the Olympic test event in July, with no medals


for the British team. The media made a bit of it that we didn't win


a medal, but we had placings. That was not to be sniffed at. We had


three Italians, three Slovenians, three French guys. You start


knocking out the people who won't even be at the Olympics and GB will


get a lot higher of a place. We had the commentary and a big race on


this venue. It gave us a taster. Next year when you have all the


spectators, it's really going to add something. To keep up to date


with the progress of Britain's canoeists and other 2012 hopefuls,


head over to our website. Now on to the individual events in


the canoe. Women now compete in the C-1, but not at the Olympics. 17-


year-old Brit Mallory Franklin paddled very well to get into the


final. Well, she had started well, but


like many, she came a croper at the big drop at the end of the course.


This capsize scuppering her medal chances. Katrina Katerina Hoskova


of the Czech Republic eventually took gold.


It's good to fine I have finaled in every race I have done this year,


so in that way, it's good, and top five in a couple, so my results are


getting better gradually, so yeah, it's good. John to the men's C-1


final, which unfortunately doesn't feature David Florence, Britain's


only canoe slalom medallist from the Beijing Olympics. Let's see who


will be world champion going into Chanut. He's already won a silver


medal in the C-2 category. And won the gold in the team event back in


2010, so certainly a very good competitor in his own right. Using


both sides of the boat with that paddle, and these guys are


incredibly strong, aren't they? Yeah, they make sure they keep


their blade in the water as much as they can. They drive it around and


pull their boats all the way through the course. Here we go,


28.01, the fastest time so far that has been set down that first part


of the course, second part of the course probably technically the


most difficult, and certainly the designers of this course have done


an absolutely brilliant job, but that depends whether you're a


spectator or competitor. Comes around that gate, whips himself


around so quickly, then, of course, the next problem is another


upstream gate but so far, so good for the Frenchman. He looks like


he's on great form, keeping his bow nice and dry and driving the boat


through the tricky bits of water. He's going to come in tight into


gate 15 as he pushes the bow out. It's an interesting stagger


sequence. It will be interesting to see what he does. He's certainly


going well. The French team have got a real star in this man -


that's for sure, certainly, the whole body works hard, and you see


one category canoes - certainly, they're incredibly strong in the


abdominal area - pushes himself off the wall and heads towards the


finish looking good. He certainly is. He is nice and clean. Going for


the finish, 101.14, and he is in the lead - a great performance from


the Frenchman. Well, here we go with Nico Bettge - a gold medallist


in the past. He was part of the German team. -- back in 2006 that


got gold. His claim to fame is he has been on the rostrum four times


altogether, but they've always been in team events, but like all


Germans, technically very proficient, and like all Germans


too, incredibly fit and strong. He's putting in a solid run so far


as he gets in nice and tight around the upstream gate left. He's going


to drive his boat into the stagger sequence where we have seen a


number of options happen today. We see him whip his tail under the


water and his bow around to keep him tracking downstream. Certainly


no lack of commitment, but you saw on that first split he was well


over a second behind the French competitor, who has finished and


waiting at the bottom to see if anybody can challenge the time he


has laid down. It really was a magnificent time, but here he keeps


driving on, and no mistakes so far. upstream gates, which I think might


be a tiny bit costly to him, but there is a lot of time to be won or


lost in the last section of the course as he comes out. He does a


quick spin to get his bow facing the right way of the river to face


the next part of the stagger sequence. He's lost more time. The


Frenchman sitting at the top of the table. Drops down there,


accelerates into that upstream gate. That was pretty tidy. An excellent


upstream gate as he pushes his boat into the eddy line, now back into


the flow and really pushing hard towards the finishline. So Nico


Bettge outside the time set earlier, but he's in second place. Well, the


home crowd waiting for this man, Michaela Grimm -- Mikhail Marticam.


He has been the man to beat for a long time. But without Tony in this


final, we're going to see if it will be his day. To remind you,


it's France who lead at the moment, 101.14. If any man is up for the


task you have to say it's this man. He was very close to the pole on


that upstream gate. And let's not forget, he's won eight World


Championship gold medals in the past, I think three or four for


individual events and the rest in team event, but he's so popular in


this part of the world, and the whole of Slovakia wishing him well.


He's generally very consistent. He looks like he's on a solid run at


the moment as he gets in nice and tight. He's now setting himself up


nicely for the upstream gate as he swings the boat out into the flow


to cut across, getting a bit stuck - my goodness, he's gone past the


gate, gone back around - this is losing seconds as we speak.


could have blown his chances of taking any sort of medal with that


manoeuvre. He's managed to retain his composure. Just dipped


underneath that one. That was OK, but there is the split. He's way


outside of it, way outside, and in fact, he's way down on everybody at


the moment. He's going to have to do something remarkable to get a


medal. It looked like he might have picked up a penalty as well on one


of those stagger sequences, and he has, a two-second penalty. I really


think this could be it for him. It's not going to be his day today.


Are we seeing the end of an era? He's way outside the time set by


the Frenchman. He's down in fifth. So no medal for Martikan of


Slovakia. The crowd goes silent. One of the last guys in this


competition, another Slovakian who has the hopes of the nation behind


him. He'll have seen what the last competitor did, so Slovakia's hopes


of getting on the rostrum in the C- 1 rest with this guy. A good start,


tight into gate three and out. We really want to see these athletes


get in tight in and out of the poles. A lot of time can be lost.


It's about making sure you spend as much time in the downstream. Look


at that - he's already a second down on the French competitor. So


again, another guy who is under a little bit of pressure here. Does


he go for gold or just settle for a medal? An extremely tough course.


They need to reserve energy for the bottom section and the large drop.


He's currently nice and tight around the upstream and staying on


the upside pole. That was good. He wants to get back into the moving


water to make sure he's keeping his boat moving as fast as possible.


certainly has tasted success in the past. He's won two team gold medals


in previous years - in 2009 and 2010, so he knows what success is


like. He's going to have to keep it together, but he's fallen even


further behind the Frenchman, so it looks as though France are going to


take gold in this particular event here, but can this guy now get on


the rostrum? He executed gate 20 very well, so I think he's making


the most of what he can of this bottom part of the course. So he


crosses the line in third place, 103.91. Gold for France, silver for


Germany, and Slovakia, the host No individual medals for Great


Britain at the World Championships but they have the good reputation


exciting. We have David Florence and Richard Hounslow, Tim Baillie


and Etienne Stott and then the youngsters. The team event is when


you have three boats having to work as tightly together as they can.


When we come into the upstream gates, it is tricky that they do


not overlap and they're in and add around each other as quickly as


they can. They have to finish within a certain time of each other.


You need to make sure the three boats cross the finishing line


within a few seconds of each other. This is precision C-2 clearing. We


have won medals in the past. David Florence and Richard Hounslow were


so close to a medal in the individual event when they finished


four. Look at the superb teamwork! Matt and reset Davies adding a


great job in the back. No penalties at all. That will be difficult to


beat. Spinning away into the fast moving water, that water is


streaming down the course at the moment. A very good performance so


far up by Great Britain. The third crew must push their way to the


finishing line. We had beaten that by a comfortable margin. Great


Britain is in the lead. In the end they were overtaken by the French


and the Slovaks but still went home with the bronze. In the women's


team, Slovakia won and Great Britain came second from last. In


the men's team K-1, the Britons finished 6th. There was no British


entry in the women's team C-1. Australia grab to gold. No medal


for Britain, who were down in 9th. Congratulations on your bronze in a


C-2 team event. It was a really good result for us. We're not


ranked the highest three boats. There are teams that are stronger


than asked the Stock we had a great run. It was a good way to finish


off the World Championships. -- than us. It is the only medal that


Great Britain won which is a bit unfortunate. How disappointed is


the team? There were some good results out there. Every individual


will be disappointed on have their performances went at different


levels within the team. Our head coach will be disappointed. There


will be a lot of performances he is really pleased with as well. If you


look at the medal table, Slovakia up on top. Home advantage is


obviously paying off. Great Britain will hope the London Olympics


provide a similar boost for them. They are down in 10th place. Great


Britain would have expected to have come away with more than one team


event medal a year before their home Olympics. I am sure they would.


The focus will be on London. After a short break, everyone will be


back on the water. There is a lot of work to do to get selected to


the team to represent the country at the Olympics and get ready for a


big event. We have already seen what it is like to race in a big


competition. There was a noisy crowd and a great atmosphere. High-


level competition. Just wrap it up a notch and to have the Olympics. -


- ramp. The British have qualified a boat in each of the four Olympic


classes. When we look at the Olympics and how it runs, there is


a one boat pan-Asian. The podium is wide open. -- per nation. Is it


easier to get on the podium at the Olympics? I would not say easier


but when you look at the field in the World Championships, they had a


really strong field. The Slovakians stacked the C-2s. Every man and


woman for themselves in that cauldron. It is a different game. I


would say it is more wide open. mention the lively home crowd. It


was deafening when there was a Slovak coming down the course.


the athletes at the 2012 Games, I remember Sydney in 2000, just when


they read the names out. They are there for the bid time. The


athletes that can use it will get a real boost but it may be the


downfall for others. We're looking forward to it, whatever the case.


Following as on BBC Two, the show jumping European team championships.


Our coverage of the world road cycling championships starts on


Tuesday at 1pm. If you are an early bird, we will have the Berlin


marathon at 7:45am next Sunday here on BBC Two. That is it. No medals


Highlights of 2011's World Championships in Bratislava. Britain sent a strong team, including former European champion Campbell Walsh and Beijing Olympic silver medallist David Florence. Florence won gold on the London Olympic course earlier this year and was looking for another boost on the challenging whitewater course in Slovakia.

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