Britain are off to a flyer after they came away with three team medals on day one of the 2019 ICF Junior and U23 World Championships in Krakow, Poland, including a fantastic gold for the K1 junior men.
It was a strong start to the Championships for the British team coming off the back of two individual bronze medals at the Junior and U23 European Championships in Liptovsky ten days previous, as they picked up a total of three medals including one gold in the junior K1 men’s and two bronze in the men’s junior C1 and the women’s junior K1 events.
Birthday boy Etienne Chappell (Seren Dwr) continued his great medal winning form as he joined forces with Jonny Dickson (Independent) and Ben Haylett (Holme Pierrepont) to triumph in the junior men’s K1 team event and take the gold medal.
Jonny lead his teammates down the course with confidence and speed, and the pair behind him continued that form, as they went clean, fast and posted and unbeatable time of 91.49. The trio knew they had put down a medal winning run as they punched the air and celebrated together at the bottom of the course.
They had to wait for the final teams to go down, but none of the nations came close, with the Czech team coming in second and over two seconds behind the Brits.
Speaking of the victory today, the team said:
The trio of Kurts Adams-Rozentals (Stafford and Stone), Alfie Boote (Stafford and Stone) and James Kettle (Lee Valley) got the day off to a solid start. Going down the course fourth in their finals, the junior C1 team put down a fast and clean run, good enough to go top of the leaderboard at that stage.
They then had the wait to see if their time was enough to make the podium. Strong performances from France and Germany were quicker than the young Brits, but they held on to third place to bring home a fantastic bronze medal.
Reflecting on the day, they said:
Bethan Forrow (Lee Valley) won another medal to add to her third place finish in Liptovsky, by teaming up with Ellis Miller (Lee Valley) and Lois Leaver (Edinburgh Schools) to win junior K1 women’s bronze. The team picked up two penalties between them, but managed to keep their composure as they went quick and into third place.
They had a bit of a wait for their bronze medal to be confirmed, with Poland and New Zealand having reruns due to water level issues. However, neither nation came close to the British time of 107.40 and the bronze was confirmed.
It was so close for the women’s U23 C1 team as they finished fourth and just 0.44 seconds off a top three finish. Sophie Ogilvie (CR Cats), who joined up with the squad for the competition, Phoebe Spicer (Lee Valley) and Hannah Owen (Independent) picked up six seconds worth of penalties, which meant they were just pipped to a medal by the Australian team.
Also joining the team for the World Championships, senior team member Chris Bowers (Stafford and Stone) combined with Zac Allin (Independent) and David Paterson (Manchester) to take on a stacked field in the men’s U23 K1 event. The team put down a solid time despite two touches to go top after ten boats, however it was an eventual ninth for the team.
The men’s U23 C1 team, featuring Will Smith (Winchester & district) , Peter Linksted (Stirling & Falkirk) and Sam Ibbotson (Holme Pierrepont) finished 8th in their team event. The trio picked up two lots of penalties, which added four seconds to their total, as they finished with 100.98.
A 50-second penalty meant it wasn’t to be for the women’s junior C1 trio, with Beth Forrow and Ellis Miller this time being joined by Aisla Gourlay (Strathallan) after their earlier success. The team were quick down the course, but after missing the troublesome gate 5, they finished in 9th place.
The women’s U23 K1 team came in 7th with a time of 113.48. Megan Hamer-Evans (Seren Dwr), Nikita Setchell (Holme Pierrepont) and Sophie Ogilvie picked up three touches between them, which took them out of the running for a podium finish.
Tomorrow sees the return of the individual racing, with the U23s first to take the course on Wednesday.
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Junior Men’s K1 – GOLD
Junior Women’s C1 – 9th
Junior Men’s C1 – BRONZE
Junior Women’s K1 – BRONZE
U23 Men’s K1 – 9th
U23 Women’s C1 –4th
U23 Men’s C1 – 8th
U23 Women’s K1 – 7th
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