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British 1-2 as women’s C1 history made at Freestyle World Champs

Ottilie Robinson-Shaw and Rebekah Green won gold and silver respectively as the British duo made history in the first ever women’s C1 World Championship final at the 2022 ICF Canoe Freestyle World Championships, presented by Direct Business Solutions.

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Winning her second gold medal of the World Championships in Nottingham, Ottilie became the first title holder of the event in emphatic fashion. 

Putting down runs of 446.67 and 506.67 in front of an exuberant crowd at the National Water Sports Centre, Ottilie saved her best till last, delivering strong McNastys and a space godzilla to deliver a final score of 690.00 and confirm her title.

Delighted with making history, Ottilie said:

Rebekah Green made it a British one-two in the history-making event, winning her first ever World Championship medal with silver.

Inspired to get into the women’s C1 category by Ottilie, Rebekah really showed what she could do in her second run, scoring 303.33 to propel her into second spot, and with the run unbeaten by the remaining three paddlers she claimed silver.

Delighted with the medal, Rebekah said:

Tamsyn McConchie finished fifth in her second final of the week, having won silver in the women’s squirt on Wednesday.

The 25-year-old couldn’t quite match the runs she put down in the semi-finals, with her top score being 140.00 in run 3.

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Matt Stephenson and James Ibbotson too claimed top five finishes as the men’s canoe concluded on Friday. 

The British pair stormed through the semi-finals earlier in the day, with Matt finishing top paddler, and James coming in at third place, to secure their place in a stacked final.

It was Matt who finished top Brit in the evening final and was incredibly close to reaching the podium as he scored 830.00 in round 2, delivering a big front loop and reverse McNasty, but was just 6 points off former World Champion Tom Dolle in third.

James Ibbotson claimed fifth place behind Matt Stephenson as he reached his first ever World Championship final. James has shown impressive performances throughout the week, including topping the preliminary rounds, but scored a top result of 500 which saw him in fifth place.

Harry Price and Rob Crowe booked their finals spots in a nail-biting semi-final of the men’s kayak. 

Flying through the quarter-finals earlier in the week, Rob went on to post a stunning 1503.33 which had him top of the standings with five athletes having one run each remaining. Ireland’s David McClure wowed the crowd with a performance worthy of 1626.67, which still put Rob in a very impressive second place.

He will be joined by Harry Price, who scored 1393.00 to place himself in fifth place and into his first ever senior World Championship final. Over 100 points ahead of Joaquim Fontane, Harry placed just 3.33 behind USA’s Dane Jackson.

Delighted to be in tomorrow’s final, Harry said:

Taking on his first senior World Championships, Toby Marlow was unable to get into the final after finishing a fantastic seventh with a score of 1100.00, but a result the junior European Champion can be proud of.

Ottilie started her day off in impressive fashion, storming through the women’s kayak semi-finals in top spot, giving her the opportunity to become the first freestyler to win three World golds in one competition. 

A two-time junior World Champion in the event, Ottilie posted an impressive score of 810.00 in her first ride to put herself ahead of Marlene Devillez of France and book her spot in Saturday’s final.

Unfortunately, Emma Witherford and Lowri Davies were unable to join Ottilie in tomorrow’s final after finishing narrowly outside the top five, in sixth and seventh place respectively.

Emma was incredibly close to reaching the final, but her score of 540.00 posted on ride 2 was just ten points off qualification behind Emily Jackson of USA.

After a fantastic showing in yesterday’s quarter-finals, Lowri put down further showstoppers on Twin Wave, but a score of 516.67 saw her finish in seventh just behind Emma. 

In the juniors, Ben Higson’s unbeatable ride of 1381.67 had the home crowd on its feet as he stormed through into tomorrow’s men’s kayak final in first place.

Taking on his second World Championships, Ben put down the ride of his life to leapfrog Germany’s Tim Rees to put himself in a great position for tomorrow.

Niamh Macken booked her spot in the women’s junior kayak final tomorrow. Qualifying through in third place with top five required.

Top British boat going into the competition, Niamh’s second run of 353.33 was enough for her to take third behind USA duo Makinley Kate Hargrove and Abby Holcombe.

British teammate Isabella Wormall was just outside the top five needed to make tomorrow’s final, finishing in seventh place.

Her first World Championships, Isabella was just 14 points off making the final as she scored 236.67.

Five athletes return tomorrow to take on the final day of competition in Nottingham.

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Women’s Canoe final

Ottilie Robinson-Shaw - GOLD

Rebekah Green - SILVER

Tamsyn McChonchie - 5th

Men’s Canoe final

Matthew Stephenson - 4th

James Ibbotson - 5th

Women’s kayak semi-finals

Ottilie Robinson-Shaw - 1st and progresses to semi-final

Emma Witherford - 6th

Lowri Davies - 7th

Men’s kayak semi-finals

Robert Crowe - 2nd and progresses to semi-final

Harry Price - 5th and progresses to semi-final

Toby Marlow - 7th

Men’s junior kayak semi-finals

Ben Higson - 1st and progresses to semi-final

Women’s junior kayak semi-finals

Niamh Macken - 3rd and progresses to semi-final

Isabella Wormall - 7th