Franklin storms to C1 gold at World Slalom Championships

Franklin storms to C1 gold at World Slalom Championships

29 September 2017 / 17:05

Mallory Franklin blew away the competition as she recorded a sensational maiden individual World Slalom Championship title in the C1W in Pau, France.

Following the women’s team triumph earlier in the week, Franklin raced down the course and banished the ghosts of the 2013 and 2014 competitions, each of which saw her collect silver.

Franklin sped across the line in 1:49.09, more than four seconds ahead of nearest challenger, Tereza Fiserova of Czech Republic to finally finish on top spot on a World Championship podium.

“I am really, really happy. It was a very good run and for me to put it down here on what is not one of my favourite courses was great," she said.

“I put my semi final result aside and decided I was going to go out and focus on enjoying my paddling, stick to my plan, keep it calm and it came off. The bottom half of the course went especially well and I was watching everyone else coming down quietly confident about my chances. 

“Going off first in a final like this means you have to do your own run and don’t have to worry about what anybody else has done. You just get to go out and set a time which I think really helped me and use your own ability to have that kind of run.

“I was pretty confident that I had done a time which would medal. I knew there were people who were capable of being competitive at least, but to win is just crazy.

“To have the first year in the Olympic cycle winning U23 and senior World Championship titles is a real boost and I look forward to getting back training and trying to do it again next year.”

Ana Satila of Germany took bronze, while Eilidh Gibson’s fourth was her best-ever championships result and Britain’s other hope, Kim Woods, finished eighth.

In the semi-finals earlier in the day, Franklin squeezed through in the tenth position to book her place in the final, with Woods qualifying third and Gibson fifth.

Elsewhere in the men’s K1 final, Joe Clarke managed sixth as he finished 1.5 seconds off top spot in a fiercely fought field, which saw a Czech Republic top two of Ondrej Tunka and Vit Prindis and Peter Kauzer of Slovenia claiming bronze.

Despite a solid run, Clarke, the reigning Olympic champion, could not add to the two K1 team bronze medals he claimed at the 2014 and 2015 World Championships after sailing through to final fourth fastest.

Bradley Forbes and Chris Bowers, the latter making his senior Worlds debut, both fell at the semi-final stage earlier in the day, finishing 28th and 30th respectively.