Host City: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Venue(s): Olympic Whitewater Stadium, Deodoro Olympic Park, Deodoro, Rio de Janeiro
Date Started: August 8, 2016
Date Finished: August 11, 2016
The Slovakian Hochschorner twins, [Pavol] and [Peter], had been the 2000, 2004, and 2008 Olympic Champions in the Menâs C-2 Slalom, but had been bested by Britainâs [Tim Baillie] and [Etienne Stott] in 2012. Nonetheless, Slovakiaâs prospects remained considerable in Rio thanks to another set of relatives, cousins [Ladislav] and [Peter Å kantÃ¡r], who were the 2007, 2010, and 2014 European Champions, the 2008 European and 2009 World runners-up, and bronze medalists at the 2011, 2013, and 2014 Worlds and 2004, 2005, and 2011 Europeans. Britain, meanwhile, was represented by [David Florence] and [Richard Hounslow], the 2012 Olympic runners-up, as well as the 2013 World Champions and the 2010 World and 2010 and 2015 European bronze medalists. Other contenders were Germanyâs [Franz Anton] and [Jan Benzien], the reigning World Champions and 2015 European runners-up, and Sloveniaâs [Luka BoÅ¾iÄ] and [SaÅ¡o Taljat], the 2014 World Champions, 2016 European runners-up and 2009 World and 2014 European bronze medalists.
The Å kantÃ¡r cousins had little trouble winning the preliminaries, although the French duo of [Gauthier Klauss] and [Matthieu PÃ©chÃ©], the 2015 World bronze medalists, were able to finish ahead of Florence and Hunslow. The semifinals were won by Anton and Benzien, while Florence and Hunslow remained third behind Czechs [JonÃ¡Å¡ KaÅ¡par] and [Marek Å indler]. KaÅ¡par and Å indler were impressive in the finals as well, but flipped over during their run, which ended their chances for a medal. The Å kantÃ¡r cousins, therefore, took gold without much trouble, and were followed by Great Britain and France respectively on the podium.