CANOEING - Kimberley Woods wins silver for Great Britain at European Games - The Rugby Observer

CANOEING - Kimberley Woods wins silver for Great Britain at European Games

Aaron Sutcliffe 3rd Jul, 2023 Updated: 5th Jul, 2023   0

KIMBERLEY Woods won silver for Great Britain as part of the women’s C1 team in the canoe slalom at the European Games in Krakow, Poland.

Woods, from Rugby, alongside Mallory Franklin (Windsor and District) and Sophie Ogilvie (CR Cats)  produced a strong run to take silver in a time of 120.34 seconds.

The British trio were just 2.8 seconds behind gold medal winners Czechia while Germany pipped Spain to claim bronze.

Woods said: “Right now I’m still shaking and I don’t know why. I think we are a really strong team and it’s probably one of the best runs we’ve done as a team together.

“Shame we could not keep off the poles, but the Czechs are a strong team and happy to win a silver medal for Team GB.”

Woods, Franklin and Ogilvie attacked the course with some challenging moves and were quickest through the first split despite a touch on gate eight.

And despite a further touch at gate 16, the trio went top of the standings with three boats still to race before Czechia’s blistering run meant GB had to settle for silver.

Franklin added: “We were close to the end to know quite quickly if we had medalled or not, but also still had that wait for the last few groups to come through, but it’s amazing to get the silver medal.”

Ogilvie said: “I’m buzzed after that. It’s been a tough day so to come out and deliver that run, especially with these girls is great team to be in so super happy.”

Britain’s men’s C1 team of Adam Burgess (Stafford and Stone), Ryan Westley (Lower Wharfe) and James Kettle (Lee Valley) won bronze in their event behind Germany and Slovakia.

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