A strong final performance saw Bradley Forbes-Cryans finish in sixth place of the men’s K1 on the final day of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic canoe slalom event.
Bradley went down the course sixth in the final run and delivered a battling performance on his Olympic debut, posting a time of 100.58 to put him into third place at that point.
The CR Cats canoe club athlete looked strong off the back of a successful semi-final performance and blazed through the first gates. Lost time in between gates 4 and 5 as well as penalty awarded late after his run meant he put himself in top three with four boats to go.
The Scottish paddler then had a wait to see how the rest of the field got on, subsequently taking sixth place with Czech athlete Jiri Prskavec posting a storming gold medal run down to take first.
Happy with making the final and how he performed on the day, Bradley said:
Being a top six Olympian sounds absolutely fantastic. Coming to the Olympic Games my only goal for myself was to do my best and I feel I can walk away from this feeling like I’ve done that.– Bradley Forbes-Cryans
"In the final unfortunately I feel I had a poor cross from gate 4 to gate 5 which has cost me a medal there today.
“You start your run with great intentions, a solid plan in my head and I had no doubts I was going to be capable of delivering that. The small margins of the sport has been on the wrong side here. I’m absolutely thrilled to be here, I’ve loved every minute of it and I can’t wait to get home to celebrate with friends and family.
“Being a Scottish Olympian representing TeamGB is fantastic. Campbell Walsh and David Florence came through the same club and same Scottish set up I did with CR Cats canoe club.
“For me coming into these Olympic Games, I aim to go into every competition to do my best and that was my absolutely best today. There are mistakes on race day. I did my best to recover and I feel like I’m walking away with my head held high.
“I’m looking forward to getting back and getting on with the next job, the main one being the senior World Championships.”
Bradley's run concludes the canoe slalom action in Tokyo with the four Olympic debutants making the finals and Mallory Franklin coming home with the women's C1 silver medal.
Attention now turns to the canoe sprint, as Liam Heath, Deborah Kerr, Emily Lewis and Katie Reid all prepare to take on the Sea Forest Waterway starting on Monday morning from 1.30am.
Bradley Forbes-Cryans (CR Cats)
K1 Men Semi-final - 96.48 qualifies to the final in 6th place
K1 Men Final 100.58 - 6th place
The full results are available on the Tokyo 2020 website.
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