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18 June 2012
More alumni join Team GB as slalom canoeist David Florence makes history

University of Nottingham alumnus Tim Brabants (Medicine 1999, Hon LLD 2009) will defend his Olympic canoe sprint title after being formally selected as part of Team GB.

Three other Nottingham alumni rowers – Chris Bartley (Biology 2005), Olivia Whitlam (Environmental Science 2006) and Jo Cook (Psychology 2005) have also been selected for the men’s and women’s rowing squad competing in London 2012. Though final decisions on the make-up of the men’s and women’s eights have yet to be announced.

This brings the total of University of Nottingham alumni taking part in the Olympic to eight so far.

Brabants fought injury last year and has come back this season to win a race-off last month but his place has only just been announced. He was said to be thrilled at taking part in his fourth Olympic Games.

Meanwhile David Florence (Mathematical Physics 2005), who was the first alumnus to book his place in Team GB has just won C1 and C2 category gold medals at the Canoe Slalom World Cup and is believed to be the first man ever to win the top medals across two classes.

"We weren't expecting it," Florence told the BBC after the race. "We knew we were capable of putting down a good run and if we did that, we could be up there in the medals. But although we have had a number of medals, we have never won a World Cup before.

"It hadn't gone perfectly so I was a bit surprised when I saw the time and realised it was a bit better than it felt. It is a huge achievment and something we will be very proud of for the rest of our days."

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Tim Brabants


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