Olympics canoeing: Florence fails as Tony Estanguet wins gold

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Estanguet takes Canoe Slalom gold

Great Britain's David Florence was knocked out of the C1 canoe singles as France's Tony Estanguet lifted gold.

Florence, the Beijing silver medallist, hit a gate and picked up two penalty points to crash out in the semi-finals.

The world number one, 29, was 10th with just eight going into the final but can still win a medal in the doubles with Richard Hounslow.

Estanguet was unstoppable in the final, with Sideris Tasiadis of Germany taking silver medal ahead of Michal Martikan.

Florence said: "I was not good enough today. This is the race I have 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. I have a couple of days to refocus before the C2 [doubles] and I have to try and pick things up for that."

The Briton came into the event in good form, becoming the first man in history to win two gold medals at a canoe slalom World Cup across two classes.

However, he never really found his rhythm at Lee Valley, needing a second run in the heats to qualify for the semi-finals.

On semi-finals day, the Briton started strongly, but a slight mistake put him out of position and he hit his head on gate 18. From there, it was a struggle to the finish.

Estanguet, who won Olympic gold in Sydney and Athens but missed out on the final in Beijing, produced the fastest time of the competition, knocking two-time Olympic champion Martikan off the top.

The slalom competition continues on Wednesday with Britain's Hounslow going in the men's K1 kayak semi-finals.