Super-consistent Brit Mallory Franklin followed up on her first ICF Slalom World Cup medal in the women’s K1 event yesterday by winning her second consecutive silver of the weekend in the C1 event at Augsburg, Germany today.
Twenty four-year-old Franklin, World Champion in the women’s C1, was over three seconds faster than her arch rival, Jess Fox, in the semi final but the Australian created a gap of over four and a half seconds to win the final.
“I’m happy with my placings and obviously two silvers is amazing,” said Franklin afterwards.
And I was happy with my runs but there’s definitely more to come with them. To be able to do the runs that aren’t necessarily to the standard I hold as my best and still come away with medals is really good– Mallory Franklin
Best known as a C1 paddler, Franklin yesterday backed up her ambition to be equally recognised as a kayaker, with her first ever World Cup medal in K1.
Franklin was Britain’s only qualifier in the final, with Fiona Pennie and Kimberley Woods off the pace in the semi final. She finished in second place, 6.46 seconds behind Jessica Fox who is in unbeatable form this season.
Today marked another career milestone for Franklin who made podiums in two individual events for the first time.
“Yesterday was my first ever kayak medal so it’s great to have another first today,” said Franklin who will head home for a breather before resuming her training towards September’s World Champions in Rio.
“I’ve worked out I’m actually two thirds of the way through the season with only two races left, in Le Seu (World Cup 4).
“It feels a bit crazy like I haven’t been going that long this year and it's nearly over but I'll have a bit of downtime now a and go back home relax a bit then get back into training. I’ve also got the Rio training camp at some point.”
Britain’s Kimberley Woods had been in third place today before Franklin started her run as the final athlete to race the final. Her success pushed Woods into fourth place although Franklin believes the pair will both win their share of medals in the future.
“Kim and I train together and paddle together a lot and as we both paddle C1 and kayak we'll always push each other a lot,” she said.
“Kim has generally in the past been slightly ahead of me in kayak and I have been slightly ahead in C1 but recently we’ve started to level out a bit.
“Kim definitely has potential in both boats is just not quite coming through for her yet but in the future I can see quite a lot of medals for the both of us.”
“I’ve had a really good season so far. My kayak results have been pretty solid, I've really enjoyed it and that's where the most important part.”
Britain’s Joe Clarke, who has also had a brilliant season so far with gold and a bronze on the World Cup circuit narrowly missed a third medal today.
One of the earlier competitors to race the semi final, the Olympic Champion had endured an anxious wait whilst the next 22 competitors raced the course but he managed to clinch the tenth and final qualifying spot.
First to race the final he had another wait for a possible podium but was pushed down to the fourth place by the last competitor to fourth place.
Clarke’s team mate Bradley Forbes-Cryans finished just off the cut in twelfth place whilst Chris Bowers, who was clear also, was twenty first in the semi final of 40 athletes.
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Day 3 results
Mallory Franklin (Windsor & District) – Semi Finals 1st, Final 2nd Silver
Kimberley Woods (Rugby) – Semi Finals 3rd, Final 4th
Joe Clarke (Stafford & Stone) – Semi Finals 10th, Final 4th
Bradley Forbes-Cryans (C.R Cats) – Semi Finals 12th
Christopher Bowers (Stafford & Stone) – Semi Finals 21st