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Three medals for GB Freestyle at European Championships

Great Britain’s freestyle team have won two gold medals and one silver at the 2021 ECA Canoe Freestyle European Championships in Paris, Vaires-sur-Marne.

Ottilie Robinson-Shaw dominated the Women’s Kayak Surface final, taking the lead with a huge score of 750 points in the first round.

Ottilie Robinson-Shaw - photo by Andy Aldred

With scores of 690 and 120 points in the second and third rounds , Ottilie’s first score comfortably claimed the gold medal, with Zofia Tula from Poland over 280 points behind in second place.

Ottilie’s performance ensured that the double Junior World Champion claimed her first senior international title.


In the Men’s Kayak Surface Junior Final Toby Marlow put down a great first round, to take first place with 610 points, narrowly ahead of Tim Rees from Germany in second on 580 points.

Toby Marlow - photo by Andy Aldred

The 18 year old from Potters Bar, who was 11th in the 2019 World Championships, continued to dominate the final, with an incredible 833.33 points in the second round, over 200 points ahead of Rees in second place.

With the rest of the field unable to match his performance, Toby recorded 440 points in the final round, with the gold medal and the European title already secured.


First in action on the water on finals day was Jennifer Leal in the Women’s Kayak Surface Junior Final.  

Jen Leal - photo by Andy Aldred

Jen, who recorded an 11th place finish at the 2019 World Championships, put down a strong first round to take the lead with a score of 240 points.  

In round 2 Germany’s Merle Hauser scored 440 points to take a commanding lead, with Jen recording 130 points. But Jen saved her best performance in the third and final round, with 250.00 points to secure a fine silver medal.


In the Canoe Decked Surface final James Ibbotson and Matthew Stephenson both qualified for the final

James and Matthew were in fourth and fifth place after the first round, scoring 296.67 and 283.33 points, with the three French paddlers in the final holding the podium places.

Matthew Stephenson - photo by Andy Aldred

With 416.67 and 443.33 points in the second and third rounds, Matt improved to move up into fourth place, with James also recording a higher score of 353.33 points in the second round in fifth place.

James Ibbotson - photo by Andy Aldred


The freestyle paddlers will be back in action at the World Selection event at Holme Pierrepont, Nottingham on 23-24 October for the 2021 ICF Canoe Freestyle World Championships taking place on home soil in July 2022.


Results

Women’s Kayak Surface Final

Ottilie Robinson-Shaw - GOLD  750.00


Men’s Kayak Surface Junior Final

Toby Marlow - GOLD  833.33 


Women’s Kayak Surface Junior Final

Jennifer Leal - SILVER 250.00


Canoe Decked Surface Final

Matthew Stephenson - Fourth  443.33 

James Ibbotson - Fifth  353.33