Kimberley Woods left in tears after missing out on a medal in K1 canoe slalom after a poor run sees her finish last for Team GB in the final… while Ricarda Funk takes gold for Germany and Australia’s Jess Fox is forced to settle for bronze
- Kimberley Woods received a huge 56 second penalty while supporting the top 10
- The Rugby star had missed a gate, costing her 50 seconds of her time
- The 25-year-old admitted the opportunity was difficult to handle during the Olympic debut
- Ricarda Funk defeated Olympic Champion Maialen Chourraut to take gold medal
- Heavy favorite Jess Fox once again had to settle for a bronze medal
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Kimberley Woods missed out on a medal in her Olympics debut after finishing a disastrous run from a bad run in the K1 canoe slalom final among all runners.
Woods reached the final with the sixth fastest time of the semifinals and had hoped to earn a medal by setting her best time of the season during the run.
But form failed her in the final and was penalized four times, including the 50-second hammer blow that was deducted from her time after she missed just halfway through gate 17.
Kimberley Woods is comforted by her team after missing out on a canoe medal opportunity
Woods’ poor run in the K1 final saw her finish last after missing a gate that left her in tears
Knowing that her chances for a medal had expired, she watched the rest of Woods’ run look downcast and was left in tears after crossing the finish line while holding the order of the 10 finalists.
Woods was also given three-two second penalties after hitting gates four, 12 and the penultimate 24, at which point she had already effectively cut her run short with a time of 121.09 minus the 56 second time penalty in total.
An emotional Woods admitted after the run that an early time penalty played a part in her unusual performance in the final.
“I’m more disappointed in myself,” the Rugby star told Eurosport. ‘It’s probably my worst paddling in a long time. I am human and still have a lot to grow.
Woods struggled during the run and was heavily penalized for missing a gate
The Rugby-based star cut a dejected figure during the latter part of her latest run
“An early penalty threw me a bit. It came to me very quickly. I went out hard and gave everything I got. I thought I was getting back on track and then another penalty came and it fell away. Thoughts came in that normally don’t come in. Everything was new to me and it was my first Olympic final.
“I am finally an Olympian and a lot of it was so much emotion to deal with. I did my best today.
“I’ve struggled with mental health, I’ve been bullied at school and it was such a big achievement to get here. Just to get here and be in the final was… I had an emotional time when I thought, “I’m in the Olympic final”. But it wasn’t for me today.’
Ricarda Funk faced strong challenges to take the gold medal for Germany in the K1 final
Heavy favorite Jess Fox from Australia had to settle for a bronze medal again
The 25-year-old had qualified for the 2019 Games after finishing sixth in the 2019 Senior World Championship after a strong campaign.
Ricarda Funk took gold for Germany ahead of defending Olympic champion Maialen Chourraut of Spain with a time of 105.50 clear.
Australia’s Jess Fox, son of five-time British K1 World Champion Richard Fox of the same event, was a firm favorite to take gold but had to settle for the bronze medal she also won in Rio after a silver medal in London back in 2012. .