Mallory Franklin has claimed two medals at ICF Canoe Slalom World Cup Final at La Seu d’Urgell, Spain.
One of the world’s best C1 paddlers, Mallory demonstrated she is also a force in the kayak, winning the World Cup bronze medal in the women’s K1 behind Germany’s Ricarda Funk and 2016 Olympic Champion Maialen Chourraut from Spain.
The following day, Mallory claimed a second medal with a superb silver in the women’s C1, just 1.04 seconds behind Australia’s Jessica Fox, to finish second in the overall C1 World Cup standings.
It was Franklin’s sixth individual medal of the 2018 season so far and she will undoubtedly travel to Rio de Janeiro full of confidence, ahead of the World Championships.
In the men’s C1 Ryan Westley qualified for the final, finishing in fifth place. But the rest of the British boats had to settle for semi-final places, after a two month break in racing.
British Canoeing’s Canoe Slalom Head Coach, Mark Ratcliffe said after the World Cup Final:
“This week has a stepping stone race for us up to the World Championships.
“It has been quite a while since the team was last racing, as we have had a big training block.
“It is has been about trying to tune back into things.
“The level of performance is still very high across the group with everyone getting through the heats and some good performances even where individuals didn’t make finals. It was great to see Mallory winning two medals and Ryan Westley in another C1 final.”
The team are now making their final preparations to leave for Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on Wednesday ahead of the World Championships, which get underway on 25 September.
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