Double gold for Franklin at ICF Canoe Slalom World Cup in London

Windsor’s Mallory Franklin stormed to her 20th and 21st World Cup medals at the London 2019 ICF Canoe Slalom World Cup this weekend, posting the only run under 100 seconds in the K1 final.

Having posted the fastest time in the morning’s semi-final, Franklin raced through the gates to win the final in 99.42secs.

Speaking after her gold medal winning run on Saturday, she said: “It definitely hasn’t sunk in yet, but it was a really good run and I really enjoyed it. It was my first gold in the kayak and I can’t ask for much more. The eruption of the crowd when I finished was amazing, you can’t ask for anymore really.”

The Union Jack flags were flying for Franklin once again on Sunday as she made it double gold in the women’s canoe single (C1). Last to go in the final she posted an outstanding run to edge out teammate Kimberley Woods by a mere 0.63 seconds, with Australia’s Jessica Fox in third.

“Double gold is truly insane. When you go off last in the final you have that knowledge instantly of how it has ended up, but you don’t really have the time to take it in. It has been a crazy weekend but I have really enjoyed it.

“I was aware of what Kim did, hearing it when I warmed up but I knew there were bits in my semi that I could get a quicker time out. I was just happy to put that run down and come out on top.”