Oh no! It’s more medal woe for Flo


Midweek Sport - - THURSDAY AUG 1 -

DAVID FLORENCE added to Great Bri­tain’s Olympic mis­ery when he crashed out of the C1 semi-fi­nals.

Florence was hop­ing to im­prove on the sil­ver medal he won in Bei­jing four years ago.

But the world No.1 made a cru­cial mis­take when he hit gate 18 and was un­able to claw his way back into the top eight and clinch a place in the fi­nal.

Florence said: “I just wasn’t good enough to­day.

“This is the race I’ve wanted to per­form at for the last four years, but that’s ca­noe slalom for you.

“I don’t think I made any mas­sive mis­takes, there were just lit­tle things here and there. It’s easy to say it was the pres­sure of the home crowd, but this is a very up and down sport and to­day I didn’t do enough.

“I have a cou­ple of days to refo­cus be­fore the C2 event and I have to try to pick things up.

“I’m not go­ing to let any nega­tiv­ity get in the way of what is an­other great op­por­tu­nity.” PHILLIPS IDOWU is on course to

be fit to com­pete at the Olympics, ac­cord­ing to the Idowu BOA. – whose bid for triple jump glor

y be­gins next Tues­day – failed to travel train­ing to a pr e-Games camp in Por­tu­gal, opt­ing in­stead

to stay in the UK for treat­ment on a nerve and back. prob­lem in his hip The BOA r esponded by r equest­ing

the med­i­cal records of the sil­ver medal­list from

Bei­jing. The 33-year-old even­tu­ally com­plied

on Thurs­day, de­spite re­act­ing an­grily to the in­ter­ven­tion. BOA chef de mis­sion Andy Hunt

said: “Our med­i­cal team are in dis­cus­sions

with Phillips’ team, in­clud­ing his physio. “He is mak­ing good progress and,

right now, we ex­pect him to com­pete.”

FIST CLASS: Mur­ray salutes

his vic­tory over Niem­i­nen

GUT­TED: David Florence

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