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David Florence finishes last in canoeing after Rio 2016 slalom wash-out

• British medal prospect finishes more than 14 seconds behind winner
• Denis Gargaud Chanut wins gold for France ahead of Matej Benus of Slovakia

David Florence became the latest in an increasingly long line of genuine British medal hopefuls to endure a dreadful day at the office, finishing dead last in the final of the canoe slalom and missing out on victory by a titanic margin of more than 14 seconds.

A series of consecutive downstream blunders just before the halfway point ruined any chance the 33-year-old Scotsman had of making the podium and adding to the consecutive silvers he won at Beijing 2008 and – in the C2 with Richard Hounslow – London 2012. The French paddler Denis Gargaud Chanut took gold, conquering the white waters of the course in a time of 94.17sec, beating the early clubhouse leader, Matej Benus, from Slovakia by less than a second.

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