Franklin hits fine form in France

Franklin hits fine form in France

02 June 2019 / 17:49

Mallory Franklin capped off an impressive Canoe Slalom European Championships with individual C1 gold to take her medal tally to three in France.

The 24-year-old kicked off her campaign on Friday by capturing C1 team gold alongside Kimberley Woods and Sophie Ogilvie for the fourth year on the trot beating Germany and Czech Republic to top spot of the podium in a time of a time of 127.14s.

Mallory then added a K1 silver to her medal haul in Pau posting 105.14s, just 0.19 seconds behind Amalie Hilgertova of the Czech Republic.

And she saved her best for last as she added her first ever European Championship gold medal, having previously won three silvers and a bronze, in the individual C1, finishing more than ten seconds ahead of Nuria Vilarrubla from Spain.

Meanwhile Franklin’s teammate and two-time European champion Woods was back on the podium as she came home third. 

“I put down a really good run in the end today and had a clean run in the final which was good. It is such a hard place to paddle here, but I just kept a cool head and locked down my plan,” said Franklin.

“It is amazing to have won my first ever senior European title, it is really cool, but I don’t think it has sunk in yet.

“It has given me a real confidence boost, particularly knowing I am not at my peak at the moment, so we will see what happens on our home course.”

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