Mallory Franklin has won the silver medal in a thrilling women’s C1 final at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.
After recording the two fastest times in the heats yesterday on the demanding Kasai Canoe Slalom course, Mallory qualified for the final in sixth place with a time of 117.75 in the semi-final.
An incredible run in the final, with just one touch on gate 15, put Mallory on top of the leader board, with a time of 108.68, with five paddlers still to go.
In the gold medal position with one paddler to go, Mallory was to be denied by Jessica Fox, who went clear in a time of 105.04, with Mallory taking the silver medal and Andrea Herzog in third.
Mallory, who won the women’s C1 at the 2017 ICF Canoe Slalom World Championships in Pau, was one of 22 athletes competing in the inaugural women’s C1 event at an Olympic Games.
As well as being the first ever women's C1 Olympic event, Mallory became only the second British woman to win a medal in Olympic canoe slalom, after Helen Reeves who won the bronze medal in the women's K1 at the Athens 2004 Games.
Speaking after the race Mallory Franklin said:
"It's really cool to have the medal and I think it can mean so much for people.
“My semi-final wasn’t an amazing run for me, I had a bit of a mistake at the bottom and that ends up knocking your confidence a bit and whether or not you are capable of getting up there
“It kind of allowed me to try and be free in the final and just sit on the start line be like, this is really cool to be here in this situation and be surrounded by cameras and every one watching me. I just wanted to go canoeing, build in, and just enjoy it.
“It’s a really stressful situation, just to be stood there watching some really good paddlers coming through and not knowing what’s going to happen.
"For us to come here and produce that kind of final just shows how much the c1 women's event has just grown and developed.
"To be part of that and to be able to stay up the top is really cool and I’m really proud to keep fighting that forwards."
Mallory Franklin (Windsor & District)
C1 Women Semi-final - 117.75 qualifies to the final in 6th place
C1 Women Final - 108.68 2nd place and SILVER
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