David Florence comes a cropper in canoe slalom final

SCOTLAND'S hopes of contributing a first medal to Team GB at the Rio Olympics were dashed when David Florence suffered a disastrous final run in the C1 canoe slalom.

Great Britain's David Florence made a series of errors in his final run
Great Britain's David Florence made a series of errors in his final run

The Aberdeen-born 34-year-old went into the final hoping to add a gold medal to the two silvers he won at Beijing and London.

After a solid run in the semi-final, where he finished seventh in 99.36, the world champion went off fourth in the ten-man final.

The start was better than he enjoyed in the semi but things deteriorate quickly when he missed the 11th gate and had to paddle back. That already made a medal unlikely and when he messed up the next gate too the dream was over. He coasted the rest of the course and finished last with a time of 109 seconds.

Florence will now aim for a medal in the C2 event with partner Richard Hounslow on Thursday.

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