Gold and silver medals for GB in the canoe-slalom

GB's David Florence and Richard Hounslow with their silver medals celebrate with Tim Baille and Elienne Stott with their gold medals.
GB's David Florence and Richard Hounslow with their silver medals celebrate with Tim Baille and Elienne Stott with their gold medals. Photo: PA Wire

Great Britain claimed gold and silver in the two-man canoe slalom in front a jubilant home crowd.

Etienne Stott and Tim Baillie won gold in a time of 106.41 seconds, followed by Richard Hounslow and David Florence who registered a time of 106.77 seconds to claim silver.

It meant despair for three-time Olympic champions, twin brothers Pavol and Peter Hochschorner of Slovakia, who took bronze.

Stott and Baillie won gold in a time of 106.41 seconds in front of a roaring home crowd, followed by Hounslow and Florence who registered a time of 106.77 seconds to take silver.

Stott told BBC Three it felt like a dream:

It's weird, it could have been a disaster and now it's a dream. We did feel the pressure but for me I thought we needed something to go right today. There is nothing taken for granted in this sport and getting to the final was amazing.

Stott said the win was a "great script from Great Britain and it's a great script for canoeing." His partner Baillie said he was delighted that Florence and Hounslow finished second:

To win is mad and for these boys [Florence and Hounslow] to finish second, the run we had, I was hoping it might be good enough for a medal but I didn't expect that.

I don't think surreal really covers it. It's crazy. I think I will bask in the happy, strange glow for a few days. Coming in we weren't favourites or anything. The sport is so topsy-turvy, we could have gone out in qualifying. You just never know

Silver medalist Florence said he was not disappointed to come second:

We are one team, it's all about Team GB but we wanted to put a result in. We attacked it hard all the way down but it was a sprinter's finish.