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Xtra - Olympian relishes WHL experience

Richard Hounslow loved every moment pitchside at White Hart Lane after taking part in one of the most thrilling events at the Olympics.

He joined fellow Spurs fans and Olympic medallists Andrew Simpson, Helen Richardson and Chloe Rogers at the Lane for the recent home match against Norwich City.

“It’s great to be here,” said Richard. “I’ve not been here too many times because I lived in Nottingham for 10 years. It was always quite difficult for me to get down. I’m originally from London though and it’s great to come down and experience the atmosphere at pitchside.”

Richard picked up a silver medal in the men’s canoe slalom doubles (C2) with partner David Florence at nearby Lee Valley.

The pair qualified fastest for the final and went last of six pairs, including four-time champions Pavel and Peter Hochschorner of Slovakia.

Fellow Britons Tim Ballie and Etienne Stott also made it into the final and went first - clocking up an impressive time of 106.41 through the 23 gates down the course.

One by one, the finalists failed to topple that time and that left Richard and David Florence with the Britons to beat for gold.

In a storming run, it could have gone either way, but they clocked 106.77, agonisingly just outside gold, but still enough to take a fantastic silver.

Richard in the Olympic final

“We were at one of the best facilities in the world in front of 10,000 spectators and sitting on the start line, last boat down, it was pretty nerve-wracking,” said Richard.

“The pressure was unbelievable so to get down and put in a solid performance, it was a relief more than anything. We were really proud of that performance.

“It’s great that so many people enjoyed it, even people who hadn’t watched the sport before. Hopefully that will help with getting young kids into the sport.”