Clarke underlines promise with storming Worlds performance

13 September 2013 / 21:46

Rising star Joe Clarke admitted all his wishes had come true after a storming performance at the canoe slalom World Championships in Prague.

Clarke became the first British paddler in four years to make the final of the K1 event to underline the promise he showed at the European Championships earlier this year.

“It was absolutely phenomenal and I couldn't have wished for any better,” said Clarke, 20, who also won silver at the recent under-23 European Championships.

“I knew that if I paddled like I know I can paddle then good things could happen, but knowing you can do it and actually doing it are two different things. 

"It is my first Worlds final so I'm just going to go out and enjoy it.

“It's my first year on the senior team, and I've made two senior finals and won silver in the under 23s juniors, so I couldn’t have wished for a better season.”  

Two-time Olympic silver medallist David Florence made the C1 final for the first time since 2009, though team-mate Tom Quinn just missed out.

Elsewhere, European champion Fiona Pennie, London Olympian Lizzie Neave and 18-year old Kimberley Woods, who is competing in her first World Championships, all qualified for the women’s K1 semi-finals.  

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