Silver for Mallory Franklin at Slalom World Cup

Silver for Mallory Franklin at Slalom World Cup

Mallory Franklin stormed to silver in the women’s K1 on day two of the Canoe Slalom World Cup in La Seu, Spain.

Paddling last, she recovered from an early touch on gate six to put down a run of 93.58s which was enough to take second behind Australian Jessica Fox who broke the 90-second barrier to take top spot.

Mallory, who made it a triumphant return to competing in the kayak after winning C1 silver at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, said:

It was good, it was a tough course so it was hard to keep it all running and I had a few troubles at the top.

But I got back on it and was able to deliver something good enough to medal which was really cool.

I didn’t know what I had to beat but I just wanted to put a run down from that point [of the penalty] and do my best when I could so it was mostly trying to stay focused on what was coming.

Mallory booked her spot in the final after qualifying fastest from the semi-final courtesy of a fantastic clean run of 92.63 seconds.

Unfortunately, team-mates Fiona Pennie and Kimberley Woods missed out on making the final alongside her, finishing 24th and 25th respectively.

And on a tricky course, Mallory explained she was relieved to get through the day’s first hurdle.

I was really nervous about the course, there was a lot in it, and I wasn’t sure if I’d be able to deliver it, but I knew everyone was in the same situation.

When I went into my semi-final I just did my best the whole way down and popped out a good time which is really nice to see, I just wanted to deliver what I knew I could.