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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.

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