Woods thrilled after World Cup silver in women's K1

Woods thrilled after World Cup silver in women's K1

18 June 2017 / 17:22
Kimberley Woods was overwhelmed after a terrific display saw her claim silver in the women's K1 at the Canoe Slalom World Cup in Prague.

Woods came fifth in her semi-final, but a tremendous run of 104.92 seconds in the final saw her challenge for the top spot.

She was beaten to the gold medal by reigning Olympic champion Maialen Chourraut, with the Spanish athlete flying down the course and took the victory by just 0.24s.

German Ricarda Funk was third, pipping Britain's Mallory Franklin to a spot on the podium.

David Florence and Ryan Westley came fifth and tenth respectively in the men's C1.

Woods' silver was the highlight of the day for Great Britain, and added to her gold medal won in the gold in the C1 on Saturday, Franklin taking silver in that event.

"I am overwhelmed as getting into the K1 final was my goal, so to get silver was more than I could hope for," said the 21-year-old.

"I just went into the race and stayed calm. It was a really tricky course with a lot of the top girls making mistakes, so to post a clean run and get a medal at a World Cup is amazing.

"Coming out of the last upstream I thought I had done a good time, with only a couple of small mistakes, but when I crossed the finish line and I was first it was great. 

"I had to watch four more girls come down and two of them went behind me so I knew I had got a medal, but then Maialen Chourraut beat me by only 0.24 which was a shame, but I am more than happy with my run. 

"It was nerve-wracking to have to wait but I have been in that position before."

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