Hannah Brown has claimed the bronze medal for Great Britain at the ICF World Wildwater Championships in Pau, France. The two time and reigning World Champion from 2013 and 2016 was looking to make it a trio of titles after qualifying fifth fastest in the heats.
Hannah produced a storming run in a time of 52:37 seconds to take the lead with only four athletes remaining to paddle. But the French duo of Claire Bren and Manon Hostens, paddling in front of their home crowd, were to deny the Briton a third World title, with Hannah taking a fine bronze medal just 0.64 seconds off the winner.
It is the second World medal of the season for Hannah, after winning bronze with Angela Hannah in the K2 200m at the ICF Canoe Sprint World Championships in Racice last month.
However there was to be no fairy tale return for Jonnie Schofield. The double Olympic medallist in the K2 200m event, with Liam Heath, has made a return to wildwater racing this season. In the final of the men’s K1 Jonnie just missed on out on the lead by four hundredths of a second to be in the silver medal position. But with more athletes to paddle Jonnie eventually finished sixth place, with Anze Urankar of Slovenia taking the World title.
The third Briton to qualify for the finals of Wildwater World Championships was Rachel Houston in the women’s C1 event. Rachel, who has also competed in ICF Slalom World Cup series this season, and the Wildwater Under 23's in Murau, was the first athlete to paddle in the final, setting a competitive time of 1:01.34. As the final progressed the leader changed on several occasions with Claire Haab claiming the title for France. Rachel finished in an impressive sixth place, a fine achievement in her first senior Wildwater world final.
Full details from the Slalom and Wildwater World Championships can be found on the ICF website.