Franklin takes silver again at canoe slalom worlds

21 September 2014 / 09:10

Great Britain's Mallory Franklin struck silver at the canoe slalom World Championships but there was more disappointment for double Olympic silver medallist David Florence in Maryland.

Franklin repeated her success of 12 months earlier by finishing second behind arch-rival, Australia's Jess Fox, in the women's C1 class.

But Florence, a double world champion last year, failed to make the final of the men's C1, having also failed to qualify in the C2 with partner Richard Hounslow.

“I'm pretty happy and obviously it's really good to stay second in the world,” said Franklin, 20.

“It is a tough course so generally everyone struggles a bit. The moment you go off line a little bit it just goes to pot quickly.

 “In the semis I had a bit of a problem on gate 10 and wasted 12 seconds spinning around to try and get through it. 

“In my semis run I did 144, not including touches, and on this final run I did 132.  So on my final the difference was I didn't waste 12 seconds trying to get through a gate.”

Florence tried to accentuate the positives as he looked back on an otherwise successful season, with British youngster Tom Quinn the sole home qualifier for the C1 final.

“It was a very disappointing race for me,” he said.  “Every race is disappointing for most people and I've been fortunate enough to come away from lots of races very pleased with the result, but not this time.

“It's disappointing to end the season on a low but my World Cup successes, and holding the world number one ranking through so much of this year, have been fantastic.

“I've had some great results this season. I'll just get to training and focus on next season now.”

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