David Florence and Richard Hounslow retained their Olympic silver medal in the men's C-2 canoe slalom final as Great Britain's success on the water continued at Rio 2016. The pair qualified for the final third fastest, but an error-free run wasn't enough to take top spot as they were beaten to gold by the Slovakian boat of brothers Ladislav and Peter Skantar.
The Skantar's set the pace mid-way through the competition with a time of 101.58, a full five seconds clear of their competitors. The British pair went out third from last but despite being over a second up at each time split, they came in four tenths of a second down.
Florence, who had earlier in the Games failed to medal in the C-1 event, combined with Hounslow to win silver four years ago in London but the duo were unable to go one better, though they did add to the gold claimed by Joe Clarke in the K-1 event on Wednesday. The French team of Gauthier Klauss and Matthiew Peche completed the podium.
"It is always tough when some early runners put in such a good run," Florence told BBC Sport, who confirmed that he and Hounslow will not again together after Rio. "The Skantar's put in a time quicker than anyone else had done in the first round and it was easy to think 'how on earth are we going to beat that?'
"I was a bit disappointed from the C-1 over last couple of days and we talked about doing everything to the best of our ability and leaving everything out on the course. I think we did a really solid job of doing that."
Hounslow added: "It is easy having David in the front he is such a workhorse. It has been a hard eight years. To come out with a medal at the Olympics is fantastic. Again, we're so close to gold so maybe it is a little bittersweet but we're happy."
Fiona Pennie was however unable to win a third canoe slalom medal for Britain, in the women's K-1. The 33-year-old qualified second fastest for the final, but a run with mistakes and penalties saw her finish down in sixth.