Proud Scot Forbes-Cryans using national history to power Tokyo 2020 tilt at canoeing glory

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Forbes-Cryans, 26, was crowned K1 team world champion in 2018 and wants to emulate that success in the Japanese water
Forbes-Cryans, 26, was crowned K1 team world champion in 2018 and wants to emulate that success in the Japanese water

Scotland's storied Olympic canoeing legacy is fuelling Bradley Forbes-Cryans’ pursuit of Tokyo 2020 glory, writes Will Jennings.

Forbes-Cryans, from Roslin in Edinburgh, has been officially selected alongside Adam Burgess, Mallory Franklin and Kimberley Woods in a four-strong slalom team set to travel to Tokyo.

Forbes-Cryans was crowned world champion in the K1 team event three years ago and won’t ever forget watching fellow Scot David Florence, from Aberdeen, scoop a hat-trick of Olympic silver medals in the C1 and C2 disciplines in Beijing, London and Rio.

Campbell Walsh, from Glasgow, claimed K1 silver at Athens 2004 and Forbes-Cryans, 26, says memories of watching his compatriots in the water are intensifying his hunger for victory.

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He said: “One year after I got into the sport was when Campbell Walsh won his Olympic silver medal in Athens.

“Since then, we've had David Florence – who has won three consecutive Olympic silver medals.
“So those two Scottish athletes have driven me to want to emulate their performances, and hopefully go one better.

“Other sporting heroes of mine are Chris Hoy, who is one of Great Britain's most decorated Olympians and is from Edinburgh, where I'm from. It's really driven me to want to do my best at the Olympics.

“The Olympics is the highest honour - being able to represent your country at an Oly­­mpic Games, I struggle to put the emotions of that into words sometimes.

“It's just amazing being able to represent your country at the highest level.”

Forbes-Cryans was crowned Under-23 world champion in Ivrea in 2018 and followed that up with a memorable team triumph at senior level alongside Joe Clarke and Chris Bowers.

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He also claimed bronze in the K1 team event at the World Championships in London six years ago but now knows he’s ready for the highest sporting stage.

Forbes-Cryans is in his fifth year on the British senior team and is gunning for Japanese glory in a dynamic British team with Burgess, 28, Franklin, 27, and Woods, 25.

He knows the Kasai Canoe Slalom Course like the back of his hand and Forbes-Cryans, whose Team GB exploits will be broadcast live on Eurosport and discovery+, added: “I'm looking forward to revisiting the Olympic course out there which I'm going to compete on.

“We've done two previous training camps out there, and I'm just looking forward to getting back into the groove of that course.

“I just want to soak up the whole experience – and I'm certain the Japanese are going to put on a fantastic

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