Congratulations to Mallory Franklin iin the Slalom Finals yesterday collecting her first Senior World Championships GOLD medal after silver in 2013&14 – brilliant result
Wildwater trio Hannah Brown, Jonnie Schofield and Rachel Houston will all feature in their respective finals at the World Championships Today – with racing from 5pm until 8pm UK time. This should be on the BBC Red Button
The three athletes all qualified from their heats out in Pau, and will compete for World Championship titles today.
Two times World Champion Hannah Brown took a step closer to her third title after qualifying for the final in Heat 1 during the K1 women’s event. Hannah finished the heat in fifth place after posting a commanding time of 53.22. Fellow British athletes Lydia Oxtoby, Victoria Murray and Laura Milne all failed to make it to Saturday’s final after competing in both heats during the day.
Meanwhile in the K1 men’s category, Olympic silver medallist Jonnie Schofield also qualified for Saturday’s final on his return to wildwater racing. It took Jonnie till Heat 2 to qualify, but an emphatic time of 47.06 saw him ease through in third place. In the same event, Robert Jefferies, Mike Rees-Clark and Calum Gingell didn’t qualify through to the final.
The third finalist of the day was Britain’s sole competitor in the C1 women - Rachel Houston. Despite failing to qualify through Heat 1, Rachel pulled out all the stops in Heat 2 and narrowly qualified for the final in fifth place at her very first international. This is a really fantastic performance building on Rachel’s experience at the Under 23’s at Murau, Austria in July.
The two athletes competing in the C1 men’s, Ryan Hunt and William Fotheringham, both missed out on a spot in the final. This year has been a big step-up from the Junior and Under 23’s in Austria which bodes well for the future.
Ryan Hunt and Mike Rees-Clark both competed in the C2 heats, but didn't make it to the final. Lots to build on and if you want to see a virtuoso racing C2 roll have a look here https://twitter.com/WildWaterBC/status/913487038623748101
More information on Wildwater Racing for Fun https://www.facebook.com/groups/216485560525/ the British Canoeing Twitter feed https://twitter.com/WildWaterBC and Live Streaming on the Slalom and Wildwater World Championships website https://www.canoeicf.com/canoe-slalom-world-championships/pau-2017
There will be BBC Coverage today
14:00-16:30, Connected TV and online - live coverage for the Slalom Finals
17:30-20:00, BBC Red Button – replay for the Wildwater Finals
DAY 2 RESULTS SUMMARY
K1 Women Heats
Hannah Brown – Heats: 5th & qualifies for Final
Victoria Murray – Heats: 12th on 2nd run
Laura Milne – Heats: 19th on 2nd run
Lydia Oxtoby – Heats: 23rd on 2nd run
K1 Men Heats
Jonathan Schofield – Heats: 3rd on 2nd run and qualifies for Final
Robert Jefferies – Heats: 23rd on 2nd run
Mike Rees-Clark – Heats: 28th on 2nd run
Calum Gingell – Heats: 31st on 2nd run
C1 Women Heats
Rachel Houston – Heats: 5th on 2nd run and qualifies for Final
C1 Men Heats
Ryan Hunt – Heats: 11th on 2nd run
William Fotheringham – Heats: 14th on 2nd run
C2 Men Heats
Ryan Hunt & Mike Rees-Clark - Heats : 14th on 2nd run