18/09/2011 Canoeing: World Slalom Championships


18/09/2011

Highlights of the World Championships in Bratislava. Britain sent a strong team, including former European champion Campbell Walsh and Beijing Olympic medallist David Florence.


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Tim Baillie and Etienne Stott for Britain start their campaign.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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through that tricky stagger sequence. They are going to break

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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first major Championship of the year after having major injuries.

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

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

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second British boat. The competition between the two British

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

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

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competition for the Olympics spot. An individual silver medallist in

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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way around the international arena and in terms of pressure and

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

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

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is held by Ladislav and Peter Skantar. The Slovakians are

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

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

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

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

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

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

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absolutely brilliant over the years - three times Olympic champions.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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technically superb. Executing the upstream gates really well, which

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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excellent run from the Hochschorner brothers. You see them there

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

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

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they can challenge the Hochschorners, of course, but if

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

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that really does mean that David Florence and Richard Hounslow could

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

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

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

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

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

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really set themselves up for this next stagger sequence which is

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

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

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

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

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

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

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moment the Hochschorners are leading. The Skantar cousins are

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Blakeman and Louise Donington have all proven themselves at world

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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world champion, Katerina Hoskova. Anyone can win it.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

:25:53.:25:57.

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

:25:57.:26:01.

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

:26:01.:26:05.

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

:26:05.:26:10.

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

:26:10.:26:13.

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

:26:13.:26:18.

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

:26:18.:26:24.

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

:26:24.:26:28.

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

:26:28.:26:33.

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

:26:33.:26:37.

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

:26:37.:26:42.

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

:26:42.:26:46.

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

:26:46.:26:51.

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

:26:51.:26:57.

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

:26:57.:27:02.

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

:27:02.:27:06.

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

:27:06.:27:09.

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

:27:09.:27:13.

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

:27:13.:27:17.

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

:27:17.:27:22.

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

:27:22.:27:26.

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

:27:26.:27:29.

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

:27:29.:27:33.

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

:27:34.:27:38.

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

:27:38.:27:42.

while how she compares with the former Olympic champion Elena

:27:42.:27:46.

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

:27:46.:27:51.

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

:27:51.:27:55.

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

:27:55.:27:59.

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

:27:59.:28:04.

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

:28:04.:28:09.

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

:28:09.:28:14.

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

:28:14.:28:18.

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

:28:18.:28:22.

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

:28:22.:28:27.

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

:28:27.:28:30.

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

:28:30.:28:33.

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

:28:33.:28:36.

final. Superb. APPLAUSE

:28:36.:28:39.

A display of extremely positive paddling from Fiona Pennie as she

:28:39.:28:49.
:28:49.:28:58.

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

:28:58.:29:03.

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

:29:03.:29:07.

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

:29:07.:29:11.

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

:29:11.:29:14.

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

:29:14.:29:18.

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

:29:18.:29:23.

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

:29:23.:29:26.

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

:29:26.:29:31.

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

:29:31.:29:38.

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

:29:38.:29:42.

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

:29:42.:29:47.

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

:29:47.:29:51.

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

:29:51.:29:55.

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

:29:55.:30:01.

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

:30:01.:30:07.

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

:30:07.:30:12.

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

:30:12.:30:15.

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

:30:15.:30:20.

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

:30:20.:30:25.

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

:30:25.:30:30.

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

:30:30.:30:34.

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

:30:34.:30:38.

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

:30:38.:30:42.

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

:30:42.:30:49.

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

:30:49.:30:59.
:30:59.:31:12.

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

:31:12.:31:19.

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

:31:19.:31:26.

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

:31:26.:31:33.

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

:31:33.:31:41.

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

:31:41.:31:46.

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

:31:46.:31:52.

Spaniard is going superbly. needs to keep herself nice and

:31:52.:31:57.

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

:31:57.:32:02.

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

:32:02.:32:08.

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

:32:08.:32:14.

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

:32:14.:32:23.

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

:32:23.:32:28.

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

:32:28.:32:33.

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

:32:33.:32:40.

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

:32:40.:32:46.

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

:32:46.:32:56.
:32:56.:32:58.

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

:32:58.:33:06.

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

:33:06.:33:15.

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

:33:15.:33:24.

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

:33:24.:33:29.

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

:33:29.:33:39.

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

:33:39.:33:46.

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

:33:46.:33:52.

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

:33:52.:33:58.

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

:33:58.:34:06.

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

:34:06.:34:11.

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

:34:11.:34:19.

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

:34:19.:34:27.

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

:34:27.:34:33.

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

:34:33.:34:40.

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

:34:40.:34:45.

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

:34:45.:34:53.

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

:34:53.:34:57.

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

:34:57.:35:07.

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

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

:35:14.:35:23.

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

:35:23.:35:28.

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

:35:28.:35:35.

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

:35:35.:35:43.

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

:35:43.:35:52.

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

:35:52.:35:56.

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

:35:56.:36:02.

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

:36:02.:36:07.

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

:36:07.:36:13.

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

:36:13.:36:18.

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

:36:18.:36:26.

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

:36:26.:36:30.

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

:36:30.:36:35.

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

:36:35.:36:43.

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

:36:43.:36:49.

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

:36:49.:36:55.

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

:36:55.:36:59.

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

:36:59.:37:04.

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

:37:04.:37:12.

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

:37:12.:37:22.
:37:22.:37:23.

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

:37:24.:37:28.

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

:37:28.:37:33.

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

:37:33.:37:38.

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

:37:38.:37:45.

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

:37:45.:37:54.

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

:37:54.:38:02.

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

:38:02.:38:06.

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

:38:06.:38:13.

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

:38:13.:38:18.

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

:38:18.:38:24.

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

:38:24.:38:29.

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

:38:29.:38:34.

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

:38:34.:38:38.

downstream sequences they did direct without spinning. I think

:38:38.:38:44.

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

:38:44.:38:52.

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

:38:52.:38:59.

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

:38:59.:39:05.

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

:39:05.:39:10.

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

:39:10.:39:16.

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

:39:16.:39:21.

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

:39:21.:39:28.

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

:39:28.:39:38.
:39:38.:39:38.

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

:39:39.:39:43.

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

:39:43.:39:49.

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

:39:49.:39:56.

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

:39:56.:40:02.

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

:40:02.:40:07.

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

:40:07.:40:16.

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

:40:16.:40:26.
:40:26.:40:33.

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

:40:33.:40:43.
:40:43.:40:54.

Championship aspirations. He has been champion in this event twice

:40:54.:40:59.

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

:40:59.:41:04.

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

:41:04.:41:13.

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

:41:13.:41:23.
:41:23.:41:23.

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

:41:23.:41:29.

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

:41:29.:41:37.

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

:41:37.:41:47.
:41:47.:41:58.

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

:41:58.:42:04.

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

:42:04.:42:10.

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

:42:10.:42:17.

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

:42:17.:42:24.

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

:42:24.:42:31.

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

:42:31.:42:36.

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

:42:36.:42:43.

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

:42:43.:42:48.

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

:42:48.:42:58.
:42:58.:43:00.

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

:43:00.:43:06.

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

:43:06.:43:12.

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

:43:12.:43:20.

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

:43:20.:43:27.

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

:43:27.:43:33.

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

:43:33.:43:40.

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

:43:40.:43:45.

the next part of the course. Certainly in the previous

:43:45.:43:48.

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

:43:48.:43:55.

taxing everyone in terms of technique, strength and momentum.

:43:55.:44:02.

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

:44:02.:44:08.

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

:44:08.:44:14.

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

:44:15.:44:24.
:44:25.:44:33.

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

:44:33.:44:39.

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

:44:39.:44:49.
:44:49.:44:50.

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

:44:50.:44:56.

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

:44:56.:45:01.

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

:45:01.:45:04.

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

:45:05.:45:09.

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

:45:09.:45:13.

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

:45:13.:45:18.

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

:45:18.:45:22.

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

:45:22.:45:27.

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

:45:27.:45:30.

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

:45:30.:45:36.

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

:45:36.:45:40.

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

:45:40.:45:44.

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

:45:44.:45:49.

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

:45:49.:45:55.

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

:45:55.:46:00.

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

:46:00.:46:04.

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

:46:04.:46:09.

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

:46:09.:46:12.

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

:46:12.:46:17.

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

:46:17.:46:22.

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

:46:22.:46:26.

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

:46:26.:46:31.

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

:46:31.:46:36.

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

:46:36.:46:43.

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

:46:43.:46:50.

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

:46:50.:46:54.

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

:46:54.:46:58.

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

:46:58.:47:03.

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

:47:03.:47:07.

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

:47:07.:47:13.

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

:47:13.:47:17.

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

:47:17.:47:22.

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

:47:22.:47:28.

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

:47:28.:47:32.

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

:47:32.:47:37.

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

:47:37.:47:40.

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

:47:40.:47:46.

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

:47:46.:47:50.

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

:47:51.:47:55.

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

:47:55.:47:59.

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

:47:59.:48:02.

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

:48:02.:48:06.

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

:48:06.:48:10.

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

:48:10.:48:14.

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

:48:14.:48:17.

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

:48:17.:48:21.

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

:48:21.:48:26.

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

:48:26.:48:33.

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

:48:33.:48:37.

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

:48:37.:48:43.

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

:48:43.:48:48.

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

:48:48.:48:58.
:48:58.:49:06.

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

:49:06.:49:10.

course better than anyone else before these World Championships.

:49:10.:49:14.

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

:49:14.:49:18.

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

:49:19.:49:28.
:49:29.:49:35.

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

:49:35.:49:38.

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

:49:38.:49:41.

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

:49:41.:49:45.

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

:49:45.:49:49.

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

:49:49.:49:52.

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

:49:53.:49:56.

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

:49:56.:50:01.

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

:50:01.:50:05.

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

:50:05.:50:09.

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

:50:09.:50:14.

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

:50:14.:50:17.

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

:50:17.:50:22.

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

:50:22.:50:26.

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

:50:26.:50:30.

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

:50:30.:50:33.

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

:50:34.:50:38.

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

:50:38.:50:42.

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

:50:42.:50:46.

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

:50:46.:50:48.

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

:50:49.:50:51.

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

:50:51.:50:56.

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

:50:56.:51:03.

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

:51:03.:51:10.

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

:51:10.:51:14.

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

:51:14.:51:18.

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

:51:18.:51:23.

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

:51:23.:51:27.

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

:51:27.:51:30.

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

:51:30.:51:34.

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

:51:34.:51:40.

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

:51:40.:51:46.

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

:51:46.:51:48.

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

:51:48.:51:56.

final. Well, she had started well, but

:51:56.:52:03.

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

:52:03.:52:10.

This capsize scuppering her medal chances. Katrina Katerina Hoskova

:52:10.:52:12.

of the Czech Republic eventually took gold.

:52:12.:52:16.

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

:52:16.:52:21.

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

:52:21.:52:25.

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

:52:25.:52:31.

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

:52:31.:52:35.

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

:52:35.:52:45.
:52:45.:53:02.

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

:53:02.:53:08.

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

:53:08.:53:13.

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

:53:14.:53:17.

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

:53:17.:53:21.

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

:53:21.:53:24.

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

:53:24.:53:29.

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

:53:29.:53:34.

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

:53:34.:53:37.

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

:53:37.:53:45.

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

:53:45.:53:49.

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

:53:49.:53:52.

spectator or competitor. Comes around that gate, whips himself

:53:52.:53:56.

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

:53:56.:54:00.

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

:54:00.:54:05.

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

:54:05.:54:09.

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

:54:09.:54:14.

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

:54:14.:54:17.

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

:54:17.:54:21.

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

:54:21.:54:28.

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

:54:28.:54:32.

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

:54:32.:54:37.

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

:54:37.:54:41.

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

:54:41.:54:47.

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

:54:47.:54:54.

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

:54:54.:55:04.
:55:04.:55:04.

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

:55:04.:55:09.

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

:55:09.:55:14.

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

:55:14.:55:18.

Germans, technically very proficient, and like all Germans

:55:18.:55:21.

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

:55:21.:55:26.

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

:55:26.:55:30.

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

:55:30.:55:34.

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

:55:34.:55:37.

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

:55:37.:55:44.

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

:55:44.:55:49.

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

:55:49.:55:52.

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

:55:52.:55:58.

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

:55:58.:56:05.

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

:56:06.:56:08.

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

:56:08.:56:12.

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

:56:12.:56:16.

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

:56:16.:56:23.

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

:56:23.:56:26.

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

:56:26.:56:31.

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

:56:31.:56:35.

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

:56:35.:56:41.

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

:56:41.:56:47.

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

:56:47.:56:57.
:56:57.:56:59.

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

:56:59.:57:05.

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

:57:05.:57:10.

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

:57:10.:57:17.

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

:57:17.:57:21.

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

:57:21.:57:27.

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

:57:27.:57:30.

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

:57:30.:57:33.

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

:57:33.:57:39.

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

:57:39.:57:42.

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

:57:42.:57:46.

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

:57:46.:57:51.

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

:57:51.:57:55.

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

:57:55.:57:59.

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

:57:59.:58:04.

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

:58:04.:58:08.

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

:58:08.:58:12.

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

:58:12.:58:15.

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

:58:15.:58:18.

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

:58:18.:58:24.

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

:58:24.:58:29.

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

:58:29.:58:33.

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

:58:34.:58:39.

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

:58:39.:58:48.

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

:58:48.:58:53.

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

:58:53.:58:57.

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

:58:57.:59:04.

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

:59:04.:59:08.

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

:59:08.:59:12.

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

:59:12.:59:18.

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

:59:18.:59:22.

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

:59:22.:59:28.

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

:59:29.:59:33.

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

:59:33.:59:38.

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

:59:38.:59:42.

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

:59:42.:59:48.

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

:59:48.:59:52.

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

:59:52.:59:58.

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

:59:58.:00:03.

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

:00:03.:00:08.

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

:00:08.:00:12.

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

:00:12.:00:18.

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

:00:18.:00:21.

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

:00:21.:00:28.

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

:00:28.:00:34.

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

:00:34.:00:40.

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

:00:40.:00:50.
:00:50.:00:54.

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

:00:54.:00:58.

Britain at the World Championships but they have the good reputation

:00:58.:01:08.
:01:08.:01:13.

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

:01:13.:01:21.

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

:01:21.:01:26.

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

:01:26.:01:32.

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

:01:32.:01:36.

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

:01:36.:01:43.

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

:01:44.:01:47.

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

:01:47.:01:55.

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

:01:55.:02:00.

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

:02:00.:02:06.

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

:02:06.:02:16.
:02:16.:02:20.

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

:02:20.:02:30.
:02:30.:02:31.

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

:02:31.:02:36.

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

:02:36.:02:40.

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

:02:40.:02:48.

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

:02:48.:02:56.

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

:02:56.:03:01.

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

:03:01.:03:08.

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

:03:08.:03:12.

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

:03:12.:03:22.

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

:03:22.:03:32.
:03:32.:03:36.

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

:03:36.:03:44.

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

:03:44.:03:50.

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

:03:50.:03:53.

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

:03:54.:04:00.

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

:04:00.:04:07.

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

:04:07.:04:15.

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

:04:15.:04:24.

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

:04:24.:04:29.

will be disappointed on have their performances went at different

:04:29.:04:34.

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

:04:34.:04:40.

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

:04:40.:04:46.

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

:04:46.:04:51.

obviously paying off. Great Britain will hope the London Olympics

:04:51.:04:58.

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

:04:58.:05:03.

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

:05:03.:05:09.

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

:05:09.:05:14.

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

:05:14.:05:18.

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

:05:18.:05:23.

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

:05:23.:05:31.

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

:05:31.:05:36.

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

:05:36.:05:44.

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

:05:44.:05:54.

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

:05:54.:05:59.

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

:05:59.:06:07.

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

:06:07.:06:12.

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

:06:12.:06:18.

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

:06:18.:06:27.

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

:06:27.:06:33.

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

:06:33.:06:40.

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

:06:40.:06:46.

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

:06:46.:06:52.

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

:06:52.:06:58.

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

:06:58.:07:03.

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

:07:03.:07:09.

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

:07:09.:07:14.

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

:07:14.:07:19.

Our coverage of the world road cycling championships starts on

:07:19.:07:28.

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

:07:28.:07:34.

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

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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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