04:00PM, Monday 01 August 2022
Windsor's Mallory Franklin claimed a world bronze medal on the final day of the ICF Canoe Slalom World Championships in Augsburg, Germany at the weekend.
The Olympic silver medallist endured a difficult semi-final, but picked up the pace in the final, laying down the fastest split time over the top half of the course.
Unfortunately, a two-second penalty at gate 23 hampered her chances of landing gold and her time of 117.05 was eventually eclipsed by Germany's Andrea Herzog, who took gold, and Australia's Olympic champion, Jess Fox, who was second.
Compatriot Kimberley Woods had been ahead of Franklin until the mid-point of the course, but a touch on gate 16 pushed her off the pace and, although she recovered time in the bottom section, she finished fourth, 0.69secs behind Mallory in 117.74.
Afterwards Franklin said: “To be honest I feel quite lucky.
“My semi-final run was not the most comfortable, I think I was asking the question too much, so I was very fortunate to make the final. The final wasn’t as good as I wanted it to be. I felt very much like I was on the back foot at times, so to scrape a medal with that I’m really happy with it.
“It was so tight between me and Kimberley and I really feel for her, it’s so frustrating to be that close. I know I was capable of a lot more, but it’s been a short and compressed season, so it’s felt different doing back-to-back races so much but I’m really happy to come away with another bronze along with the team one, so I’m happy.”
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