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Final Day Sees Britain Win Four Medals at Canoe Freestyle World Championships

It was another day of success for Britain in the final day of the ICF Canoe Freestyle World Championships, with four medals secured across three events, including two World Champion's crowned overnight.

Claire Ohara Sanjuan Semi

Photo: Peter Holcombe

Claire O'Hara claimed her tenth World Championship in freestyle, and third in the freestyle kayak, in style on Saturday night, after an excellent first run set the pace for the evening.

Fresh from her gold medal in the squirt boat earlier in the week, Claire posted a new world record highest score of 925 points to secure her tenth World Championship and another golden world titles double, with her competitors unable to reach the heights she established early on.

Islay Crosbie missed out on a medal after finishing fifth in the same event.

Speaking after winning her third World Championship double, Claire said: “It means the world to be honest,

“To do it this late in my career, I’ve been competing in World Championships since 2007. I’ve been on this scene for a long time, and I think that helps.

“Knowing that I was opening up with some of the hardest tricks, I don’t think any girls have ever scored with them in a world’s competition before, and I was going to open up with it.

“That in itself got me fired up and excited. I got that 925, it could have been more which would have been cool because I dropped a few tricks for sure during that routine.”

Ottilie Robinson-Shaw won her first freestyle junior World Championship at just 16 to get the final day off to a fantastic start.

Ottilie put in a stunning display in the K1 Women's junior event during the second run, leaving the rest of the pack with a score to beat of 533.33, which wasn't bettered by her fellow athletes.

Delighted at her first World Championship, Ottilie said: "It’s amazing, I feel like everyone is lying to me.

“They weren’t my strongest rides, but I’m happy, especially as it’s my first worlds.”

In the K1 Men's junior event, a further two medals were achieved by British athletes. Alex Walters claimed a fantastic silver medal with a score of 1496.67 during his first run, whilst Harry Price too continued British success in the same event, coming third and winning a bronze medal thanks to a score of 1216.67.

In the K1 Men's Senior event, Robert Crowe narrowly missed out on a medal after finishing fourth with a score of 1295.

For a full list of results from the ICF canoe freestyle World Championships, click here.