C1 World Champion Mallory Franklin showed her class once again at World Cup 3 as she stormed to two silver medals in Augsburg, Germany (6-8 July).
The 24-year-old was the standout performer of World Cup 3 as 12 British athletes took on the tight course in consistent conditions.
The World Cup series has seen a number of medals from the British team so far with two gold medals at World Cup 2 last weekend, one a piece for David Florence and Joe Clarke.
The two silver medals won by Mallory out in Germany takes her season’s tally to five across C1 and K1, having taken the C1 silver medal and C1 team gold at the European Championships, as well as bronze at World Cup 1.
Franklin starts weekend with first ever K1 medal
Mallory may be known as more of a C1 athlete, backed up by her World Championship win in Pau last year, but the Windsor athlete is also extremely competitive in K1 and showed her ambition to be amongst the best in both classes by claiming her first medal in the event.
As Britain’s only qualifier for the final, Mallory put in a storming run to take second place and the silver medal, 6.46 seconds behind Australia’s Jessica Fox who is in unbeatable form this season.
Having come close to the K1 medals on a couple of occasions during 2017, the inform athlete was delighted to get on the podium.
“It was really good to get on the podium. Obviously, Jess (Fox) really bashed it out of the park, but to come away with second and my first kayak medal is amazing. With the number of fourth, I got last year, it is really nice to pull it out and get a medal out of it.
“The season is going well so far and I am enjoying it.
“I generally haven’t quite got out the runs I wanted to, but to still get medals when I haven’t done perfect runs means I can’t complain too much. I knew it would always take me longer to get to the medals in kayak as it is a more competitive discipline than C1.”
Mallory doubles up on the medals at World Cup 3
Competing of the back her success from the K1 silver, Mallory Franklin followed up on her first ICF Slalom World Cup medal in the event yesterday by winning her second consecutive silver of the weekend in the C1 event.
Britain’s Kimberley Woods had been in third place today before Franklin started her run as the final athlete to race the final. Her success pushed Woods into fourth place although Franklin believes the pair will both win their share of medals in the future.
Today marked another career milestone for Franklin who made podiums in two individual events for the first time.
Speaking on her double success:
“I’m happy with my placings and obviously two silvers is amazing,
“And I was happy with my runs but there’s definitely more to come with them. To be able to do the runs that aren’t necessarily to the standard I hold as my best and still come away with medals is really good.
“Yesterday was my first ever kayak medal so it’s great to have another first today.
“I’ve had a really good season so far. My kayak results have been pretty solid, I’ve really enjoyed it and that’s where the most important part.”
Don’t miss Mallory and the Great Britain slalom team prepare for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.
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