Canoeing: City star Florence well-placed in the European Championships

Edinburgh's David Florence qualified in style from yesterday's C2 heats at the European Canoe Slalom Championships near Barcelona. The Olympic C1 silver medallist and team-mate Rich Hounslow set the quickest time of 103.12 secs on their first attempt and opted not to contest the second run as Florence saved his energy for a punishing four-day programme.

They were later overtaken by three pairs but finished only a second down on Slovak twins Peter and Pavol Hochschorner, the three-time Olympic champions, going into tomorrow's semi-finals.

However, they will not feature in the final of tomorrow's C2 team competition as Britain finished sixth in yesterday's semis with only the top five countries qualifying.

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Florence is back on the water today in the heats of his best event, the C1 Canadian singles.