Team GB canoeist Mallory Franklin painfully misses gold in women’s slalom but claims silver after Australian No. 1 Jessica Fox storms through to become Olympic champion
Team GB canoeist Mallory Franklin settled for a silver medal in the women’s slalom at the Tokyo Olympics after Australia’s No. 1 Jessica Fox stormed in to claim the gold medal.
Franklin, who recorded an impressive time of 108.68, is only the second British woman to claim a medal at the Olympic event.
The 27-year-old is a former world champion and multiple medalist at all levels, but didn’t get a shot at Olympic glory before the category was first included here.
Mallory Franklin won a silver medal in the women’s slalom after a great performance
She made her way through some tricky corners as she stormed to the top of the standings
And she seized her chance, putting in a brilliant run and navigating some tricky corners before having to wait nervously to find out if she’d become an Olympic champion.
She had seen all her rivals fail to catch up with her until hot favorite Fox was the last to hit the water. Fox lived up to her promise as she raced the course with a time of just 105.04 in an impressive spectacle that earned more than gold.
The Australian, widely regarded as the greatest individual female paddler in history, had never achieved Olympic gold, but she didn’t take a step wrong.
But Australia’s Jessica Fox just had too much for her to race the world’s No. 1 to claim gold
Fox celebrates winning its first-ever gold after a nearly flawless performance on Thursday
Helen Reeves, who took bronze in K1 in Athens in 2004, was Britain’s only previous medalist.
In qualifying, Franklin, second in the world, had finished in sixth place. She was fastest in the heats, but a mistake on an upstream gate cost her in the semis, with Fox setting the fastest time.
However, Franklin only needed to finish in the top 10 and comfortably reached that to advance to the finals.