Canoe Slalom Gold

1 August 2012, 12:06

Team GB are celebrating getting their first ever gold medal in the Olympic canoe slalom.

Great Britain won both a gold and a silver in the C2 event at the Lee Valley White Water Rafting Centre, Hertfordshire on Thursday 3 August 2012.

Etienne Stott, who trains in Bedford, (pictured on the left) and Tim Baillie (on the right) led from the start and were forced to wait anxiously at the bottom of the course as their rivals failed to match their time of 106.41 seconds.

It was then left to fellow Brits David Florence and Richard Hounslow in the last run of the final to see if they could go faster. They agonisingly missed out on gold but secured silver and an historic one-two for Great Britain.

Three-time Olympic gold medallists, Slovakian twins Pavol and Peter Hochschorner, had to rue their mistakes as they claimed bronze.

Speaking afterwards in the press conference Stott, 33, said: "It's stranger than a dream to be honest. It couldn't have gone more perfectly for our sport today. It's amazing.''

There were scenes of jubilation as 12,000 fans cheered on the two crews at the Lee Valley white water course.

LOCOG chairman Lord Coe and IOC president Jacques Rogge were in the crowd for today's racing, which came after both Hounslow and Florence failed to make the finals in their individual events.

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