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Franklin and Heath retain places in Great Britain squad for next summer's Olympics

Mallory Franklin. Credit:AEPhotos

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Windsor’s Mallory Franklin and Maidenhead’s Liam Heath have retained their places in the Great Britain squad to compete at next summer’s Olympic games in Tokyo.

Five canoeing athletes, including Franklin and Heath, had been selected to compete at Tokyo 2020 but the International Olympic Committees (IOC) decision to postpone the games by almost a year raised questions as to whether re-selection would be needed.

Heath is set to compete at his third Olympic Games, having won sprint bronze in the K2 200m alongside Jon Schofield in London and a silver in Rio where he was also crowned Olympic champion in the K1 200m event.

Franklin is set to make her Olympic debut in Tokyo. British Canoeing had been asked to confirm to the British Olympic Association whether they wished the five selections to remain unchanged and, after a meeting, it was decided their nominations to the squad should stand.

The recommendation was approved to the Board of British Canoeing in Wednesday this week.

David Joy, CEO of British Canoeing said: “I am pleased that British Canoeing has

decided to reconfirm the nomination to the BOA of the five athletes previously selected to represent Team GB at the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games.

“We are currently in unprecedented times and the postponement of the Tokyo 2020 Games has caused uncertainty and anxiety not only for those athletes selected but also for those who agonisingly missed selection in 2019.

“This decision is in line with our policies and values.

The athletes were selected for the Olympic Games in Tokyo, through a transparent and results driven process and it is right that their selections should remain.

“Nothing has changed other than the date of the Games.

“In slalom, we have selected our team early in the last two cycles, to give the athletes the maximum amount of time on the Olympic competition water.

The team now have the certainty to plan their preparations for the Games in 2021.”

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