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Silver medal for Bethan Forrow at Slalom Euros

The final day of action at the ECA Junior and Under 23 Canoe Slalom European Championships in Solkan, Slovenia saw British Canoeing take its medal tally to five for the event with the addition of a silver medal from Bethan Forrow.

In the Women’s U23 Canoe, Bethan Forrow (Lee Valley) secured a second place finish in a fast, clean run of 106.34 adding a European silver medal to the gold she won at the  2021 Under 23 Women’s C1 slalom World Championships. 

Speaking after the race Bethan Forrow said:

"I honestly feel so happy and grateful to have the opportunity to race. The fact I have come away with not 1 but 2 medals from this season is incredible and I'm so thankful for everyone who's made this possible!

“I've got 6 days at home to see family and then I'm on to the next world cups and the senior world championships in Bratislava to end an already amazing year!!!"

Luc Royle (Stafford & Stone), secured easy qualification from the semi final in the Men’s Junior Canoe in third place with a quick, clean run in 101.02.

Unfortunately he couldn’t replicate that for the final and picked up a penalty at gate 7 finishing in a time of 104.80 and outside the medals in 5th place.

Earlier in the day, in the Women’s U23 Canoe, Phoebe Spicer (Lee Valley) picked up penalty points at gates 11 and 22, recording a time of 114.40. Sophie Ogilvie (CR Cats) put in a clean run in a time of 115.09. They both missed out on spots in the final finishing the semi final in 13th and 14th place respectively. 

It was frustrating for the two GB Paddlers in the Men’s U23 Canoe, who both failed to progress from the morning semi finals. Peter Linksted (Independent) made a clean run in a time of 99.58 which put him just outside of final qualification in 11th place. Kurts Adams Rozentals (Stafford & Stone) went down in a time of 100.94 having picked up 2 penalty points on gate 11, he finished in 14th place.

Rachel Ellis (Lee Valley) put in a strong, clean start in the Women’s Junior Canoe semi final but picked up 2 penalty points at gate 21, recording a time of 126.94, which meant she finished in 14th place and out of the final qualification places.

Also ending their competition before the lunch break in the  Men’s Junior Canoe were Edward McDonald (Holme Pierrepont) and Gabriel Keen (Holme Pierrepont). Edward scored 2 penalty points at gate six and a time of 108.61 putting him in 14th place. Gabriel finished in 16th place after his 112.53 run, which included penalty points at gate 6, 21 and 24.