Realising the London Olympic dream was a case of fourth time lucky for Kynan Maley. After 12 years of campaigning the 30-year-old secured Olympic selection in 2012. Maley competed in the men's C1 and C2 events and became the first Australian man to compete in both the single and double slalom canoe events at the same Games (due to a change in IOC rules in 2012).
Maley seized his opportunity and qualified for the men’s C1 final where he finished sixth. Combining with Robin Jeffery in the C2 event, the Australians finished tenth overall after missing a berth in the final.
The C2 was won in dramatic fashion by British duo Tim Baillie and Etienne Stott with compatriots David Florence and Richard Hounslow (GBR) taking silver and three-time Olympic Champions Pavol and Peter Hochschorner (SVK) forced into third place.