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Hello and welcome back to the Lee Valley can noon sla lop centre for
the fist of the World Cup series. During London 2012 this venue had a
golden Hugh to it. We thought we could win one medal, then suddenly
we had two. This is looking good for Great
Britain. That is the fastest time we have seen, absolutely brilliant.
This could be gold and silver for Great Britain.
My goodness, they have got a Silver Medal. Bailey and Stobbart are the
Olympic champions. There is no chance of that same 1-2 finish with
those crews in the men's C 2. Timbalely has retired from the
sport. Hounslow and Florence will be out on the water though, Helen
Reeves will be part of the team here. It is box office isn't it It
was amazing. It was an electric atmosphere. The racing was fantastic
and the ruts were, so no wonner people want to see this racing with
the best competitors here. So what else are on the men's side
are we looking for? Alongside David and Richard you have got Matt Lister
who races with Rhys Davies. And the women's side? . You have Mali
Franklin in the singles who has been on great form and you have Fiona
Pennie in the K1 women. What about this course? This is a different set
up to the Olympics? Yes, so they started moving the blocks round, so
they can replicate different features and make it technically
more variety for the competitors. Whennup say that, moving the blocks
round, when they turn the pumps off this goes dry and you can walk
round. That is the beauty of it. It mean you can reconfigure it and make
it different and refresh things and replicate courses abroad. How do the
competitors think about it? You have the top section, that gets them into
the run. It is straightforward. They set a downstream sequence, that gets
the speed in. We come down to the first big drop. This is where it all
begins. First move, nine, ten, tricky, water
in the face, you have to keep the line, you have know what you are
doing, then it goes into a tricky section. It is when you get this
close to it, you are glad you are wearing the safety cover. It is so
noisy, you can hear the power in it. Yes, when you are on it it seems
even bigger. On the lower part of the course it
is is this stopper hee at gate 18 which is the talking point It's a
particularly big stopper, at this point the biggest thing is the fact
you are fatigued. These guys are in pain here Their arms are solid and
you have to hold on to make ur shoe you don't make any loose mistakes.
You to get away to the commentary box, we will see both the C and K
classes, the K is kayak, with a twin paddle, and in the C, in the canoe
they only have a single blade, they have to swap that back and forwards.
We will start with the women's C1. Gibson. Great Britain. So the first
of two British challengers. Hails originally from Kinross in Scotland.
And a decent fifth in the Europeans. Looking nice an smooth. She lines
herself up for the first, gate six on course, sneaks the blade under.
Looking composed at the moment. She will line herself up. Glides off the
top of that stopper. Curling into the up stream gate, gate seven.
Getting the boat back running downstream. Lining for the next
couple of downstream gates. She will look to catch the curl on the
left-hand side of this drop. It will let it push he across. Good
anticipation, that is why she is a second to the good. Now the question
is to keep it going. She is coming to a tricky section. This is the
crucial section She looks controlled. Just glanced up and
knocked that pole. Drops down, still keeping the canoe moving, which is
encouraging. Again, a bit of bother there.
Losing a fraction of time adds she drops low and deep into that Eddie.
-- as. There is Loir's time. She can get this back. Carlin was not
particularly smooth or clean or fast. She is low there. One second,
two seconds, three seconds, four. You can see the time loss there. She
is having to push her body away, losing precious fractions again.
Only 18 years of age. So she has very much a future for this category
which one day may well be in the Olympic programme. That is why there
is so much interest in it. Coming down to look to take the
advantage. She goes into the lead by eight seconds, so much better on the
bottom than Loir. She looked composed through the whole run.
And Jess Fox on her way. Through gate seven. Clean so far. The World
Cup overall points champion of last season, the Olympic silver medallist
in kayak on this very stretch of water here, just over two years ago,
and arguably the best all round woman paddler and as I say that and
compliment her she makes a mistake! The 1.49 second he had might have
been giving away. However, we have seen a lot of difficulties further
down the course, so there is a lot of time to be gauged. She could pull
that back. She has experience, got high technical about. Jess does a
lot of switching, so she makes sure she has her strong side, so her
blade is on the right side. She is good at that. She has a bit of extra
power as well. She won the world title last year, now there is
Gibson's time. She should, despite all the failure, 1500ths. We know
that she could take a second, possibly more on this bottom section
and with challenges to come, she needs to build the advantage. A good
move there. Nice across the top. On the top of that stopper she waited
and pulled when she nigheded to. But she has just gone to the wrong side.
She will have to go back round. This is going to be a costly time. It is
either that or a 50 second penalty. She decided that she will go back
and round, which keeps her leg. But it is not going to deliver a smile
on her face. This is again, very untypical of Jess Fox. The current
leader still Gibson, and I tell you what, she has taken a big scalp.
Look at her face. Absolutely lovely! Whatever happens, she has notched
one over Jess Fox. Certainly, I mean this is where Jess just lost that
edge, she didn't quite push across the river into gate 20. Jancova, one
of the top Europeans. She just missed out on a medal.
You can see she has reasonable boat speed, but as soon as that, is that
a two second penalty? It is. The bough popped up there. Sat back a
bit. The tail went down and knocked that pole.
So Jess Fox may be in second place, she is the only paddler who has gone
down clean, but Gibson has the lead. Jess Fox in second. Loir in third.
That is the 1, 2, 3. Monica has picked up some pace. Now
she will look to line herself up. Put in a reverse straight there,
drawing the bough round so she can get the line across the stopper.
Pushing her bough up. She will look to push it away and get that rhythm.
The speed for the stagger sequence. And two seconds almost behind ailly
Gibson. And Great Britain still with Malorie
Franklin to come, the fastest semifinalist. The fans are getting
involved in this as well. Lory Franklin to come, the fastest
semifinalist. The fans are getting involved in this as well. . She got
caught on the stopper, giving away a bit of time.
This is going south as far as she is concerned. Another peddler to be
found out here. -- paddler. And 133.71. That puts her way down the
order. Now, Teng the first of two Chinese
challengers. This is the younger of the pair,
just 22 years of age. And finished a few years ago, four years ago in
2010 ahead of Jess fox in rankings, interesting to see the Chinese here,
good leverage and you can see almost two seconds to the good. So that is
a nice start. Found Hes caught up and bouncing through. We have seen a
couple of time, she is going to have to reset, recompose to make sure he
doesn't make any further mistakes. I have her four seconds down from
being almost two seconds up. We could see her, she could make up
some of that time on through this section where we see 14, 15 as time
to be gained and lost. At the bottom, 18, 19, we have seen a lot
of the girls in the final find difficulty at getting into 18 and
across. Stern got held there, that is another couple of seconds so look
at Gibson's time and you can see there, 84. She is what, seven
seconds virtually down on the British paddler who commands first
place at the moment. See the bough pop into the Eddie
line and drop into 18. She will have to push across on the back of that
stopper, getting caught again. Having to be patient and let the
bough released before she drives in. You can see the fatigue, if you
looka her shoulder, they are beginning to move horizontally, that
gives you a tell-tale sign of when a paddler is getting tired. The whole
core and body on this course. Coming through, 22, 23, and it is a fair
finish, look at that, from seven, she has taken the best part of
four-and-a-half seconds of that deficit away, so all credit to her.
That is a very decent finish and she puts herself into second place. Jess
Fox down to third. So Mallory. Not much older. Only a year or so older
than Gibson but a lot more experienced. Didn't have a great
weekend in the European, didn't make the final of Vienna. This is
different. Back on water she is more familiar with She is very technical.
She loves the big water, always has done. She was at Shepperton at one
of the Thames Wear, she had a bug for that what the. She is already up
on Gibson's time. A lovely move. She hardly had to put a stroke in, the
boat did it. The water pushes her across into gate ten. Slow on the
switch though, coming out of that gate, but looking to build on what
was a super season last year, you might remember she got the silver
medal at the World Championships and also was the under 23 European
champion, in kayak, very versatile paddler, she is looking to do what
Jess Fox does, command both disciplines. If she can keep this
run together she is looking good. Really smooth. Using the water. That
is a good cushion, but the lower section is no gimme, she is right on
the edge there. Good break out, nice and tight to gate. Keeping that
canoe going Last big cross, can she keep her boat flat. Dragging it down
there so she comes behind 19. A nice finish.
Inside 132.4. Remember that time of Gibson's included two touches. So
far this is clean. Really focussed. This last combination of gates
coming through here. It is going to be a 1-2 for Great Britain, and it
is Mallory Frank lip who comes through by almost ten seconds, to
take the first women's singles of the season. But what a great job by
Gibson today. Second place with Ten third. That is proof that that is
what happens. She kept it together, she kept her boat dry. She was
patient. Waited for the water to do the work for her and that is the key
because then when you get down to the tricky bits at the end when you
are fatigued, you have an extra bit of energy on some of your other
competitors. That will boost the whole of the British squad's spirits
to get a 1-2 in the women's Canadian singles. There is a very welcome
leaderboard for the British fans. Mallory Franklin, clean run, takes
first place on the podium. Eilidh Gibson, personal best in competition
performance and then Teng of China, and, surprise surprise, Jess Fox,
only fourth. That is shocking in the world of C1 Women paddling. It
looked like a fantastic run. It was good. It was very, very scary. It's
a tough course, and there were bits of it when I was panicking, but it
was ready difficult for me to calm myself down, and focus on the first
two gates. When I got through the first two, I calmed down a bit. We
have not seen you before at a big event like this. That must've been
very exciting. Just incredible. All the hard work over the winter,
everything, all my team-mates who have helped me, I'm just so happy.
Time now for the C1 Men, featuring David Florence, the current world
champion. By his own high standards, 2014 hasn't been the
best, but let's see if he can take inspiration from that amazing
performance in Prague last year. COMMENTATOR: Look at that.
He's produced one of the best runs of his life. Absolutely wonderful.
We will start with this man for Slavonia. They have put in a very
good squad performance as he undergoes the first five downstream
green and white So, Savcek, having negotiated the
first downstream data, without any penalty, in the men's Canadian
singles just underway -- data, the first of ten competitors. That
date. He's now going to come down the
first big drop of the course and use the water to go to the upstream
date. He needs the water to push across the river. He wants to be as
tight to these polls as they can be, driving the blade into the water,
keeping the rhythm fast but making sure his timing is right. Good
cross. Now, he's dropped off quite low fare. That will be costly to
him. That time loss in the upstream date -- gate. Was that a touch
there? Yes, it was attached by the bowel or not upstream gate. --
bowel. It sits on the back of the stopper.
Digging deep on the last few gates. Over the last few waves and
stoppers. I clean run in the semifinals but not to be in the
final here. 104.12. In fact, his time in the semifinals was 103.77,
so that penalty was very, very expensive. Nicholas, the overall
world champion in doubles, actually. He is versatile. He's quite a
strong, quite a thick body shape, very powerful. He has a short stroke
but likes to get lots of power into each of them, to get the line
exactly right coming into gate six. He takes a hit on that. The tries to
get the term right. One second, very possible. Gliding the boat, steering
it in. Looked like he was going to drop low but he bounced off the ways
a little bit and now he turns his boat, letting it dries. Jumping
through there. -- dipping drive. -- letting it dries. Drive. This will
be interesting. Remember, he was just one second down, 1.37, so he's
only lost a quarter of a second. As we have seen, it's possible to make
that up. That has set him back now. Three seconds to find on the bottom
section. He has to be patient and drag his nose down. The ducking
under the pole. He wiggles through that split gauge. Two more
downstream gates to go. This is a case of what might have been. You
can see how quickly is on the down section. But for that single touch,
he would have been in the lead and it would've been an interesting
challenging time, so he will be very disappointed with this because that
is the penalty which has cost him the lead and may ultimately cost
them a place on the podium. Benus, representing Slovakia. His elder
sister, she, of course, a world team gold medallist three years ago. But
now races for the United States. A good start from Benus. He
now races for the United States. A good start from Benus. looks smooth.
Keeping the pace on the boat. That's OK. Still in touch. A slight drop
off the pace. A nice cross. One of the best ones we have seen so far
into gate ten. Now setting himself up for this Steiger sequence. It's
important you get the lines right early on because if it goes wrong,
it takes time for the next one. Slowly, patient. He drives across
the back of the stopper, trying to keep as high as he can. Dropping low
there. He kept the canoe moving. This will be the tell-tale sign
here. Nor .73, a lot of good work but it's not over yet. The could
take the lead. That's good work. Nicely done. The bowel just pops up.
The clips that poll. From being ahead, behind, when he could finish
strongly here, this is not over yet. Slovakia heads Slavonia. Peschier.
Third at the moment. He had the eye on the line. He had the big drops
absolutely nailed, the best we've seen so far in this final. So, Benus
still leads but Florence is in determined style. A dynamic start.
He digs in the blade really deep. He will be so eager to get this one
nailed from the beginning. Digging the blade in nice and tight. Now he
lets the bow drop a little bit. He's away again. This is where if you
need to make sure he keeps the bow nice and dry. He lifts it through
the stopper. Linus himself up. All to the good. -- Linus himself up.
Can he build to the good. -- Linus himself up.
most technical. -- lines himself up. At 19, that will be the crucial move
for David. He looks totally in control. Here's commanding where the
boat goes. A little bit stuck there. He's kept it nice. Canoe was never
stop moving. Now 1.5 in his pocket. A bit too tight. Have to do an
adjustment stroke. Pushed himself to early into the upstream date. Half a
second behind now at this particular moment. The really getting behind
him. David is really pushing on. There is a dynamic, plenty of power.
Coming through gate 23. Benus watches on here. 97. A comfortable
4.25. Fantastic, got off to a really good start. Last time in different
sections were called to second penalty. His control was incredible.
David is very good. He gets the blade fully in the water. It's not
over yet. A few moments to enjoy from David Florence. But not that
one. There, he was to direct, trying to cap the fractions. Has he done
enough? So, Martikan, four times world champion. What's interesting
about this man is that, after a season with a back injury which has
plagued him, he has really come back. He was runner-up to his
team-mate last weekend in Vienna but looks by much like his old self.
Yes, he's always in control and looks calm in the water. He picks
his strokes so cleverly. In training, it looked like he wasn't
even trying. Less than half a second behind David Florence. It washed
straight through. A big loss of time. He's not a big guy. Just 174
kilos. The way he moves about, all these years have gone by now and
people have been catching him up but it's amazing how, aged 35, you can
still be competitive in this class. A two second penalty there over the
stopper. A nice execution into the upstream gate. Seven seconds. I
don't think even the great Martikan can catch this sort of deficit up or
indeed as head competitors from the podium. Nice and tight over the
exit. Florence was quick down the exit. Martikan will be as well.
97.87, the running time for Florence. As you can see there, into
second place. Very deceptive again. He was trying to cut the line. A two
second penalty. Following that dropping low in the gate ten, that's
what cost him. Confirmation, the Canadian singles men. Great Britain
take the first World Cup of the season. Martikan had a solid second,
and then Benjamin, he takes third place but look at that cover all the
way down the final, not a clean run on the Olympic track. After those
results, were published, one of their penalties was appealed to
upheld by the judges so he moved into silver. Martikan, the bronze
and Benus, third. How do you assess that race? It was very hard. It
didn't go perfectly by any stretch of the imagination. I was tied
around a few gates but I knew it was going to be hard for everyone. I'm
really, really pleased. Isn't the kind of cause which rips apart?
Definitely. It's very, very good water, very hard. Of course, we
train here all the times I have an advantage, but we didn't hold back
today. The gates were in tricky positions. A lot of guys struggled
more in the final than you would expect. Fortunately, I held it
together really well. The crowd here in Lee Valley unloving these events
and, this glorious weather. Time now, though, for the K1 Women.
Sadly, no British in this one but look out for Jess Fox from
Australia, who will be keen to make up for her mistake early on in the
C1. Corinna Kuhnle. Not so good on home
water last weekend. Only 13th in the European Championships but looks
brighter and more focussed this weekend.
She is a strong paddler, she normally makes sure she is
dominating it. It will be key on this really powerful whitewater
course Attlee valley. Off to a good start. Kept the boat driving nicely
as she slides into the first of the six up stream gates. Important
things to look out for Helen. Keeping the boat moving and keeping
the deck of the kayak dry. Certainly. When we see a lot of
water over the top it looks like they are getting hit by the
whitewater, that means that fractions of time are being taken
away, they are having to work harder as well. That was a good move. But
under the pole, she needs to start lining herself up for this tricky
downstream stagger sequence. Nicely placed, the bough is right
under the poles at gate 15. That was well executed. Didn't lose any time.
She is, look 3.45 seconds up, she is on a really good run, we can see,
there is a lot of time to be lost here, she snuck in and under 18.
This is looking very smart indeed. Looks to have plenty of strength, oh
and got tied up. Oh, well, about two seconds given away and another two
for the touch on the pole. That is the big difference, she will still
be in first place, but that is uncharacteristic for the two time
World Champion sand she will kick herself, because this is a very
beatable time. There, 111.03 and of course she takes the lead.
We did see a lot of mistakes this morning and here she broke out too
early in the eddy, it is difficult because you lose speed. You have to
do the best you can. As you said, lost two seconds of time in the
process too. Jana Dukatova, she is the reigning
World Cup champion from last season. The points leader. She has long
lever, and often you sense she is not going as fast as she really is.
-- levers She uses them and her paddle placement is very often so
accurate. She is technical and she is waiting. That is a key to her
style. She places that blade where she wants to. Pulling it round that
pole. A lot of the competitors in life,
she has lived in the shadow of the multi-Olympic world and European
champion who failed to qualify for in final along with the recent
European champion. She got bounced off the curl. She wanted to drop low
into gate ten. She needs to refocus. We have seen so many mistakes and
there are points where you can gain that time and make that deficit up
further down. Getting a bounce there by the water.
She is not in control of the kayak as we would wish to see. It is out
of character. She has got her boughs up and underneath that gate 15. It
can be deceptive. That is one of the crux move, 14, 15, she is 4.62 down
the split but we have seen that time lost on the bottom section, but if
she nails it and keeps the momentum, she needs to pop across on the top
of the wave. Keeping control with the blade in the water. This needs
to be millimetre perfect to try and... Oh, again, gymnastically but
it takes time, and at the moment, still Corinna Kuhnle, 111.03, the
Austrian double World Champion, but look at the time. She has eaten some
of that disadvantage back. At the end of it all, there it is, that is
if only what might have been run. So Jasmin Schornberg for Germany.
She gets criticised for being tentative in the way she paddles,
but on this course that could pay dividends. A bit of patience here
and there often is very much to the good on this course. She is gliding
at the moment. Getting her boat running on top of the water rather
than taking the big hits. A nice up stream gates. She slides across the
whitewater. She almost has her boat dancing. It looks light. World
Champion back in 2009. Finished fourth in the Europeans last
weekend. Plus 3.7 so a third of a second to find. That is very doable
But bounced off the way didn't get the line right and dropped to the
bottom of the eddy. That is costly. Three seconds or so.
Jasmine one of a strong German paddling squad for the women. They
have a factory for women's kayaks in Germany. They have been strong for a
number of years now, in the kayak women, you see her holding on to the
stroke. This is one of the best we have seen. She is still behind
Kuhnle but by how much? Sicked -- six seconds. She has the chance to
reduce that and get on the podium. Kuhnle, Dukatova. The water is
catching on her tail. This is where Kuhnle got into trouble. She has
kept the momentum. It is about focussing to get the last three
stagger sequence right. Got to go for this. Come on. 111.03. And you
can see, she is more than a gate behind, past the time of Kuhnle. But
that two second penalty, how expensive is that? She has gone into
third place. Here is 22-year-old Lu Li for China.
third place. Here is 22-year-old Lu She was second in April, over in
Australia in this under 32 World Champions. Won by Jessica Fox who
will follow her. Neat and tidy through the first up stream gate,
sorry downstream. This is where she lines herself up. Slides in, one big
stroke and she wants to push back out into the flow.
Maybe not looks as fast as she did on her semifinal run: : Run. I think
that was OK. That was a little water or wind movement, I don't think she
had a touch. That is OK. So far so good.
. That is one of the better ones we have seen. Tough move that gate
nine, ten. This leads into 14, 15, a tricky move. It is important to get
it right. She is looking powerful. You are seeing her reaching out.
Driving the blades into the water. Dealt with the drop well and still
keeping the kayak moving. Just a bit slow there. Now, there is Kuhnle's
time is she still on terms? Yes, by 0.2. This will be a fantastic
achievement for her, if she can take the lead here.
Choppy slightly low. I am not sure if she clipped the Poulton exit. She
was tight to it. She did, she clipped it on the exit. She got too
tight. Kuhnle lost a lot of time here. She can still make the podium
here, Lu Li. You can sense the fatigue there, just a bit. Coming
down, but look at the time there, there is a terrific run, lots of
determination, lots of focus, and by 0.39, despite the penalty, Lu Li of
China goes into the lead. She is only over here for this competition.
The whole Chinese squad go back for only over here for this competition.
a two month preparation to the Asian games. It was a well executed run.
This course is tricky and there is so many big moves and the designer
have put out a difficult course to test them.
The Olympic -- Olympic silver medallist Jessica Fox, she will be
20 on Wednesday, yesterday was a bad day at the office, this morning,
completely different athlete in the semifinals.
She needs to set up so she can drive downstream through the split gate.
That will lead her into the first two up stream gates on the course.
She is pulling up and now a set up for the second after gate seven.
Tight round the poles, that is nice, one stroke she is back out into the
flow. Good line. The patience paid off as
she gets one of the highest lines we have seen into gate ten. She pushes
back out and this is where she starts lining lining Herr up. Into
back out and this is where she 14, 15. -- herself up. If she can
nail this she will set herself up for a top position.
Neither of her famous parents here, they are watching on television
Richard, her dad, Fife times world kayak champion, Miriam her mum World
Champion and Olympic bronze medallist.
Three seconds, lovely cushion to have, but you could easily lose this
here with a penalty. Oh. A bit low there, she needs to
push out on the top of this pile. Wants to make sure on this. Nicely
done. Chasing Lu Li, Corinna Kuhnle second, Jana Dukatova third.
This is good paddling. That was beautifully anticipated. Measuring
up, this is the winning run. Surely. Comes down here, inside 110.64 and
111.18. Well how deceptive is that bottom section, I thought she was
sure to make it and it shows you how good Lu Li was on that section.
sure to make it and it shows you how was, she was very good. Lu Li was
good throughout the whole course, she kept the boat running. Jessica
lost time in that second to last gate when she dropped low.
So there it is confirmation by just over a third of a second, Lu Li of
China from the double World Champion Corinna Kuhnle, Jessica Fox only
third, Dukatova off the podium. You can see only Jess fox and Dukatova
managed to go clean. The rest picked up penalty, so all the more credit
to Lily for that performance. -- Lu Li. Jess Fox. No Brits made it into
the men's final. Always nice at these world events to
run into canoeing royalty. It is lovely to see you, it must bring
great memory back Yes, the British crowd, the sunshine, this beautiful
course, it is magnificent and I would love to be out there but it is
nice to be on the side and reliving it to some degree. Tell us why you
are not. Your career is still on going, you are writing new chapters
It is on ice at moment. My crew mate Tim retired, in January, and I
dislocated my shoulder last year so we would have missed the season any
way because I have been recovered from surgery, I am having to sit
this year out but that has given me a chance hopefully to find a new
crew mate, get organise, back on an even keel and blast off to Rio. You
know Richard Hounslow and David Florence how will they do? I have
watched themmen every stage, through the heats and in their individual
racing, they have looked so comfortable, at home out here, the
course is so intense and powerful, you have to have that composure,
that moment of calmness where you can weigh up what is going on, they
have looking all over it -- looked all over it, they can race hard when
they need to and back an when they need to, their qualifying
performance was awesome, David was fantastic in his individual race, he
won it and well, I have high hopes for them, in the C 2s.
Let us see how they got on in the C2. Let us remind ourself of that
wonderful performance at the World Champions in 2013.
-- World Championships in 2013. Away go the Slovenians. Bozic was
outside the Away go the Slovenians. Bozic was
didn't qualify for Away go the Slovenians. Bozic was
partnership, eighth in the Olympic final here two years ago. Slipping
nicely through those first dates that gates. There are six of on the
course and they want to see them in the eddies as little as possible
because the boat is getting slowed down. 0131 for the reigning European
champions. That's the advantage. That is a nice break out, really
controlled. Look at the canoe. It never stopped moving. These two
active. The timing is good. Working well together. Working precisely.
You can see them moving their bodies back to get the boat decision on the
water to keep the bow drive. Nicely done. Their coverage on the blade to
three good that is very good as well. Not .38. They are looking
strong. Gliding across the water, a little bit low but there are keeping
the momentum. This is the key point here. Patient. And upstream gate on
the course, a tricky stager sequence to negotiate. Their angle made sure
they got through nice and cleanly. This is looking good. 107.79 was the
fastest time in the semifinals. Look at this. I clean run by the European
champions, inside 107 seconds. This is going to take a bit of beating.
Absolutely, they didn't give anything away. They were very tight
on the key moves, set themselves up nicely. Those tricky gates, they
made sure they didn't cut the line. It's a fine line as to whether you
take it so direct to make sure you don't lose any fractions or you use
more space and ensure you don't hit your polls. Here are the province.
They are cousins, actually. These two boys, who have lived in their
shadow, have never been to Olympic Games, were superb in the European
Championships last weekend on the podium and going well. Looking good
so far. Very much in control, dominated where they want the boat
to go. Not .157 ahead of the Slovaks, a big advantage at this
stage. Driving in. They drove it a little bit too hard. Suddenly they
are back to evens. That they can still build. This is where they can
lie on their boat up to make sure they get the boat position exactly
in the place they want to. They drive along the back of the stopper
here at gate 14, chopping off a little bit at gate 15. You can see
they are 2.32. This is still possible. It is still on the cards
here. Losing a bit of speed there. The boat speed just got killed by
the Eddie line. They drive in together to get the boat back in.
This is where they need to keep cool and calm and line the boat app well.
Good work there by Peter Skantar. 102.
At the end of it all, they didn't actually make anything on the
bottom. So, Slavonia lead Slovakia. The power being laid down there at
the right time to make sure they can push off the tail of the boat to
drive them back out. Germany always have good crew boats in the Canadian
drive them back out. Germany always doubles. Anton and Benzien, paddled
individually yesterday. Benzien was better of the two, finishing 13th.
Wiggling their way through the first gate into this first upstream gate.
Pushing off the wall. This course is quite wide and there won't be an
opportunity to push the blade off the concrete. That is the beauty of
Lee Valley. It's a cause which gives designers so much opportunity. Those
blocks which you can see, are like rocks, but they are movable, so from
race to race, all sorts of designs can be made. They are taking the
line straight there. They took a direct line to 11. Keeping control,
steering it slowly. Lining up for gate 14. Under the pole. Potentially
taking a two second penalty. So high into gate 15. The tightest we have
seen. These two Germans, they have been more effective in achievements
in the team races. Another good break-out, tight. Coming across.
They have nailed that one as well. You can see them working their
blades deep into the water to make sure they turn the boat as quickly
as they can to align themselves up my sleeve. Dipping their heads
around the polls. Losing a fraction of time but losing -- looking good.
106.57. A little bit outside. They go into second place. 2.26 seconds.
No major errors. Little bits and pieces. You saw them slipping wide
before they came into gate 22. Horizontal across the river. It's
interesting they can take away more time than you think they could. One
touch but, of course, still a lot of course, still a little bit slow on
the clock, so they wouldn't have gone into the lead had they been
clean. Great Britain have got, not only David Florence and Richard
Hounslow but these two youngsters, Rhys Davies, just 22 and sitting
behind him, Matthew Lister, 22 or so. Part of the Great Britain
canoeing potential programme. How good is that to make sure your in
the World Cup final? Absolutely, doing their home crowd proud. Lee
Valley has given us a new lease of life because it's such a great
course and exposes youngsters to Whitewater at a young age. A bit
wide there and catching gate eight. They were in Australia earlier this
season and finished fourth in the under 23 Canadian doubles World
Championships. A decent performance. That talent was out there, as well.
silver medallists. Nicely executed. Matthew keeping control at the back.
Very tight around 15. Four seconds down on the civilians. --
Slovenians. That's still a pretty decent run. Nice and tight in there
at gate 18. Into gate 19. The crowd are really getting into this. They
are on their feet. There's a lot of noise. Oh, what a pity. And another
one. That's four penalties. A loss of concentration after the first
mistake. And another one as well. What was a really respectable
effort, I still think is a decent effort and you take those
effort, I still think is a decent seconds off, it would've been 110
seconds and they would been in the top five. They will learn from
that. A good piece of top five. They will learn from
them. Absolutely. They are frustrated. They didn't push hard
enough at gate 19 and they made it very, very tight. This is the
opportunity for them to round off a very good weekend's canoeing for the
British squad. Florence upfront and Hounslow behind. Looking good so
far. They know this course inside out. Ducking away from gate four.
They are pushing hard now and they are going to drive their bal right
under the polls. Nice and tight. -- bow. Pulling the boat around, they
clipped the pole. David hit it with his panel, how frustrating. Plenty
of opportunity to gain more time. Remember, their time in the
semifinals was beaten by the Slovenians.
of opportunity to gain more time. Remember, their time in the 107.9.
of opportunity to gain more time. The Slovenians come in the final,
have gone more quickly, and they were clean, so this is a real
challenge for Florence. Looking good at the moment, steering themselves
into the tricky 14-15 sequence. Now, how much are they made of that
lost time? We are going to find out. Past the time there. It is not
impossible. This has got to be absolutely textbook. On top of the
pile now, driving in right around the back to keep calm. A tricky
downstream gate to go but we have seen a lot of time lost, though.
Slovenia have the advantage. Come on. 106.57. Can they do it? Not
today. Slovenia are going to take the honours. They miss the podium.
Germany and Slovakia occupy the podium today. The Slovenians, it is
an excellent run and to be inside Florence and Hounslow's time was
going to be hard to become the semifinals, and so it proved. I
guess, a little disappointment for the fans, but they gave it their
best. You have to say, hats off to the Slovenians, who take the first
World Cup Canadian doubles. Germany and second and the Skantar boys, the
European champions, in third place on the podium. Richard, how would
you assess that race? A little disappointing. The good thing is the
pace was there. The same as the European champions last weekend. For
us, it's a good thing. It's difficult to have touches and be
slow. You don't know where you are going to get the time from. A couple
of silly touches from us but a lot of positives to take away from it
and hopefully, go forward this season and the World Championships
in September. How do you think about running the rest of the season? Will
the C2 be the priority? You have the golden C1 to look back on. They are
of equal significance, we treat them both seriously. We would do more
training in the individual boats. Yet, we will be racing for the rest
of the season and look forward to it. It's not often you see a
downbeat David Florence, but Helen, they were disappointed after that
run, weren't they? Absolutely able to get on home territory. They
would've hoped to get on the podium and they are capable of it. Two
touches, too costly. It's about being fasting clean. We saw plenty
about those amazing British performances in the early events.
Check out some highlights from the medal performances. David Florence
obviously was on his game and looked fantastic. He commanded it
obviously was on his game and looked start to finish. And the two girls.
It shows good of element. Overall, for Slalom canoe, it's on the up and
up, building and building. It is. Consistency is so much better, the
medals are coming regularly. It just shows, the development is coming
through and we have got such a big variety paddlers out there. For the
home nation, the World Championships next ago another great event for
people to come and see. It will and it's brilliant for us as a nation
because we don't have many international competitions and to
have it so close to the Olympics is great. We are on the water again
before rolling this time. The rubbing World Cup in France. We will
see it live next Sunday on the red button at ten a.m.. You can catch
the highlights with John in the dale on BBC Two at four p.m.. That's it
from Lee Valley and from a sport which is slowly and surely becoming
a must see event.
Mattthew Pinsent presents highlights from the first round of 2014's Canoe Slalom World Cup, which is taking place at the Lee Valley White Water Centre. It is the first major international competition at the venue since London 2012, where British paddlers excelled, with the highlight a gold for canoe pair Tim Baillie and Etienne Stott.