David Florence took the gold medal in front of a ecstatic crown at the World Championships at the Lee Valley White Water Centre, on the outskirts of London.
The Scot, 33, who won the C1/C2 double at the 2013 Worlds, pipped Slovenia’s Benjamin Savsek by just 0.04 seconds, whilst fellow Brit Ryan Westley took the bronze medal.
“That was more like it,” David said. “I was really pleased just to get to the final again as it is always a fight to get there, but once you get there that’s your chance to deliver.
“I got into some real trouble to be honest around gates five, six and seven and lost a bit of an edge, tried to recover it and didn’t quite manage. I thought I had recovered it, but was pushing the wrong way and eventually got back on line and just had to try and re-focus.
“The crowd were incredible, there was an absolute buzz. The rest of the course just went really well and it was enough to win by a very small margin – enough to become world champion again.”