Franklin storms to second individual World Championship medal
Canoe Slalom

Franklin storms to second individual World Championship medal

29 September 2018 / 20:56

Mallory Franklin claimed her third medal of the Canoe Slalom World Championships with a gutsy silver in the women's K1 final.

The 24-year-old, who won K1 gold with Kim Woods and Bethan Forrow on Tuesday, was pipped to gold by Australia’s Jessica Fox but her time of 104.34s was good enough for second – ahead of Germany’s Ricarda Funk.

Franklin completed a near-perfect run, displaying power and grace in Rio – the same course that was used for the Olympic Games.

And in the evening session, Franklin set up another medal chance on Sunday by qualifying fourth quickest for the women’s C1 final.

“My results over the last few races have given me quite a lot of confidence and it’s nice to be up there, but it’s always something you have to fight for and it’s never something that’s settled,” she said.

“For me I just want to enjoy my paddling and hopefully come away with the results I have which is all I can really ask for.”

Elsewhere, Ryan Westley also won silver in the men’s C1 final – taking advantage of the defensive mindset displayed by some of his rivals to reach the podium.

He recorded a time of 97.94s, splitting the Germans of Anton Franz and Sideris Tasiadis on the podium.

“When I crossed the line I knew I had done a good run and a competitive time but knew there were plenty of people who were capable of beating it,” he said.

“Another day I could have won the race and equally I could have ended up fifth or sixth. 

“So when it was finally confirmed that I had won a medal I was super happy and relieved.”

Elsewhere, Olympic champion Joe Clarke raced through to the final of the men’s K1 with the fastest time while Bethan Forrow joins Franklin in the women’s C1 final.

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