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Walsh confirmed in slalom squad

Campbell Walsh
Walsh came out top after two April trials to secure his place

Athens silver medallist Campbell Walsh has been confirmed in Britain's Olympic slalom squad for Beijing, along with Fiona Pennie and David Florence.

The Scottish trio booked their places in April trials but the selections were not rubber-stamped until Wednesday.

Walsh, who held off Andrew Hadfield to reach his second Games, said: "It's a second opportunity for me to get gold."

Team leader John Anderson said: "British canoeing has a strong team with a real chance of winning medals"

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Walsh, 30, came out on top in men's K1 in the second selection trial in Nottingham after Hadfield, his only competitor after the first selection weekend in the Netherlands, fell away on his second run.

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A week earlier, 2006 World Championship silver medallist Pennie secured her women's K1 place by winning her second race at the Zoetermeer course.

"I am looking forward to taking part in the biggest sporting event in the world," she said.

Meanwhile, Florence won a battle with Stuart McIntosh to claim the C1 Olympic place.

"Competing in the Olympics has been a long-term and major ambition of mine," he said. "It is truly the highlight of my sporting career."




see also
Canoeist Brabants set for Games
06 Apr 08 |  Canoeing
GB book three 2008 canoe berths
24 Sep 07 |  Canoeing
Canoeist Brabants wins world gold
12 Aug 07 |  Canoeing
Triple success for GB canoeists
22 May 07 |  Other sport...


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