concluded today at the canoe slalom ICF World Cup Final in La Seu d’Urgell, Spain
with Mallory Franklin adding a superb second medal to Great Britain’s tally.
Yesterday Mallory won bronze in the women’s kayak (K1) and today the 24-year-old from Windsor took silver in canoe single (C1), just 1.04 seconds behind Australia’s Jessica Fox, to finish second in the overall C1 World Cup standings.
She had been in complete control down two thirds of the challenging course, with her power and strength ensuring she placed the boats exactly where she wanted it to be. It was only after the bottom drop that she picked up a touch to leave the window of opportunity open for her Australian rival.
It was Franklin’s impressive sixth individual medal of the 2018 season so far and she will undoubtedly travel to Rio de Janeiro next week full of confidence, ahead of the World Championships. Extremely satisfied with her performance this weekend she said:
I really enjoyed it and I like the very technical courses like this. To have done a run of that quality was really, really good. It was almost perfect but then I just had one mistake on the bottom where I got a jump at the back of gate 19 and I picked up the touch on 20, but to come away with silver is really good.– Mallory Franklin
“Jess had done a quicker run in her semi, so I always knew she was likely to go quite quick and she would have had to mess up for me to get the gold, but I will happily take the silver.
“I feel really good on the water, extremely powerful and I am really looking forward to getting out to Rio and training on the course and hopefully come away with some more good results.”
However the disappointment continued for Kimberley Woods, when she failed to make her second final of the weekend and her first C1 final this season. Two touches on gates 1 and 17 proved costly, but with two medals at last month’s U23 World Championships she knows she has the ability to bounce back in time for the World Championships in Rio.
17-year-old Bethan Farrow was unable to replicate he fine heat run on the more challenging semi final course, however finishing in 25th she posted her best ever World Cup result in her debut senior season.
The men’s single kayak (K1) semi final also proved a tight affair, with the British trio coming out on the wrong side of the top ten cut.
Olympic champion, Joe Clarke, started well and was 0.23 seconds up at the first split and it looked to have the makings of a quality run. But an unfortunate touch on gate 20 saw him pay the ultimate price and he finished 11th, just one place and 0.03 seconds adrift of the final.
There were clean, solid runs for both Chris Bowers and Bradley Forbes-Cryans, but the pace was fast and they both missed out in 13th and 17th respectively. However, Chris can take great consolation from posting his best ever World Cup result, which was only 0.2 seconds from securing a coveted place in the final.
Chris Bowers said: “I am pretty happy to get such a good result before the Worlds and the fact that the World Championships are here next year as well is a bonus.
“There were a couple of little errors, but nothing too major and it felt pretty comfortable all the way through and in the heats as well. I was just a bit unlucky not to sneak in to the final, but it’s nice to know that I am sitting on the pace and I just need to make that last step now. I am really excited and looking forward to Rio loads. I never thought I would be going out there to race another Olympic course!”
Canoe Slalom Head Coach, Mark Ratcliffe said: “This week has a stepping stone race for us up to the World Championships. It has been quite a while since the team was last racing, as we have had a big training block, so it is has been about trying to tune back into things.
“The level of performance is still very high across the group with everyone getting through the heats and some good performances even where individuals didn’t make finals. It was great to see Mallory winning two medals and Ryan Westley in another C1 final.
“It has also been a good run out here, with a lot we have learnt for next year’s World Championships, when we will be looking to qualify all our boats for Tokyo 2020.”
The team will head back to the UK today and make their final preparations to leave for Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on Wednesday ahead of the World Championships which get underway on 25 September.
DAY 3 RESULTS SUMMARY
Mallory Franklin (Windsor & District) – Semi Final 2nd, Final 2nd - SILVER
Kimberley Woods (Rugby) – Semi Final 16th
Bethan Forrow (Lee Valley Paddle Sports) – Semi Final 25th
Joe Clarke (Stafford & Stone) – Semi Final – 11th
Christopher Bowers (Stafford & Stone) – Semi Final – 13th
Bradley Forbes-Cryans (C.R Cats) Semi Final – 17th