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Finals spots secured by GB Freestyle at World Championships

The GB Freestyle team have continued their impressive performances on day 2 of the 2022 ICF Canoe Freestyle World Championships, presented by Direct Business Solutions.

Competing in front of a large home crowd at Holme Pierrepont Country Park in Nottingham, the 14 GB freestyle paddlers in action achieved eight finals and five quarter-final places.

The morning session started with the women’s canoe decked surface semi-finals, as the event makes its debut at the World Championships.

After recording an impressive 336.67 in the first round, Ottilie Robinson-Shaw secured top spot in the women’s canoe semi-finals with 513.33 in the second run, where she wowed the home crowd to ensure a place in Friday’s final.

Ottie was joined by team-mates Tamsyn McConchie (pictured) and Rebekah Green, who both secured their berths in the final.

Tamsyn was in second place in the semis, with a strong first run impressing the judges with a score of 340.00, which put her top at the half-way stage of the round. 

Two strong runs from Rebekah ensured a trio of Brits will be in the final, with a first run score of 150.00.

Friday’s final also includes Anica Schacher from Germany and Beibhin Butler from Ireland.

Delighted to make the final of the first ever women’s C1 final, Rebekah said:

“I’m really pleased to make the final. I put down a ride I am happy with. I did a few moves than I would've scored on my McNasty but what I did score I was pleased and I made the final.

“It’s so exciting to be part of that first wave of women taking on the women’s C1 for the first time. Ottie, Tamsyn and I are making history and it’s cool to see scores challenging the men. 

“It’s awesome to be competing here in Nottingham. Our heat was great, fun to compete in a place that I know and the weather we are used to.

“Now it’s time for a few days of rest. I may get in my K1 and I'm really excited for the festival events too!”

There was more British interest in the men’s and women’s kayak squirt semis, with Ottilie Robinson-Shaw and Tamsyn McConchie both securing their places in a second World final.

With plenty of tricky woos, cartwheels and all the important mystery multiplier in squirt, Ottie. was in dominant form, taking first place with two incredible scores of 1446.67 and 1920.00.

Tamsyn also delighted the home crowd with a GB 1-2, taking her berth in the final with a score of 892.67 in run 1 and then improving to 1186.67 in the second run with a mystery multiplier.

The third GB paddler in the semi-finals was Layla Al-Riyami who was leading the way after taking first place in semi-final, recording a score of 108.33.

But with the other five paddlers in the second semi-final scoring highly, Layla missed out on the final, but claimed an excellent sixth place in her first World Championships.

Ottie and Tamsyn will be joined in the women’s squirt final by Hitomi Takuku (Japan), Anna Bruno (USA) and Alex McClure (Ireland).

In the men’s squirt event, Alex Edwards continued his fine form, by winning a tightly contested semi-final, recording the highest score with 1233.33 in an impressive first round run.

Alex will be joined by team-mates Jamie Austen and Sam Wilson, who finished in fourth and fifth place with scores of 1143.00 and 1133.00.

The American duo of Taft Sibley and Clay Wright will also be in Wednesday’s final, after taking second and third place.

Day 2 also saw the start of the men’s kayak event, with 57 athletes on the start list, looking to secure one of the 20 places available for the quarter finals.

Gav Barker was the first Brit on the water and in heat 4 delivered two blistering runs to record a score of 2013.34, including becoming the first man to achieve over 1,000 points in his second run, to initially lead qualifying, before eventually finishing in eighth place.

In a stacked heat 9, Rob Crowe (pictured) and Harry Price claimed the spoils with some thrilling runs.  

Rob secured an incredible 1686.67 in his first run, and an overall score of 2436.67 to qualify as the highest British paddler in second place.

2017 K1 junior World bronze medalist and 2021 British Champion Harry Price qualified in ninth place with an impressive performance and a combined score of 2000.00

In the final heat 2011 World Champion James Bebbington rolled back the years with a commanding performance on the feature, to claim sixth place with 2043.33 points.

Toby Marlow also ensured that all five British paddlers qualified for the quarter finals. The 2021 junior European Champion was making his senior debut at the World Championships. A strong performance secured a top 20 place t with a score of 1836.67.

The men are back in action in the quarter finals on Thursday 30th June.


Women’s canoe semi-finals

Ottilie Robinson-Shaw - 1st and progresses to final

Tamsyn McConchie - 2nd and progresses to final

Rebekah Green - 4th and progresses to final

Men’s kayak

Rob Crowe - 2nd and progresses to quarter-finals

James Bebbington - 6th and progresses to quarter-finals

Gav Barker - 8th and progresses to quarter-finals

Harry Price - 9th and progresses to quarter-finals

Toby Marlow - 12th and progresses to quarter-finals

Women’s kayak squirt semi-finals

Ottilie Robinson-Shaw - 1st and progresses to final

Tamsyn McConchie - 2nd and progresses to final

Layla Al-Riyami - 6th place

Men’s kayak squirt semi-finals

Alex Edwards - 1st and progresses to final

Jamie Austen - 4th and progresses to final

Sam Wilson - 5th and progresses to final