Franklin commends British Canoeing for securing tough Paris 2024 K1 quota spot

Franklin commends British Canoeing for securing tough Paris 2024 K1 quota spot

Mallory Franklin pushed through a disappointing K1 World Championship final to credit her teammates for securing a place at Paris 2024.

After winning the C1 title a day earlier, Franklin struggled to put down a solid run in the women's K1 at Lee Valley White Water Centre, finishing eighth overall in a time of 108.65 seconds.

But a 17th place performance by Phoebe Spicer in the semi-finals was the key to sealing the boat a spot at Paris 2024, with Franklin pleased to see the pressure now lifted off their shoulders.

"It's so important for us to qualify for those boats," said Franklin, who had qualified the C1 boat earlier in the week.

"That's what matters, so it's brilliant that we have them both now.

"It allows us not be too worried about qualification now in the lead up to next summer and I think it shows how we're up there as a nation overall."

Franklin was underwhelmed by her final performance, picking up a two second penalty on gate seven to push her further down the standings.

It had been a tough route to the final in the first place, missing out on automatic qualification in heat one and forced to compete a second time to guarantee another medal in the kayak.

And after a difficult season in the boat, Franklin admitted that she wasn't surprised to finish outside of the medals at her home championships.

"It really wasn't a very good run, so I'm not surprised with the time," she said.

"I had a really silly touch which I saw coming but didn't do anything about it and through the main wave there was too much in it.

"I know the pace is there I just wasn't able to put it together in the final.

"Generally, this year I've struggled in kayak with one good race in Prague.

"Other than that, I've never quite managed to feel like I could put a race fully together."

C1 world silver medallist Kimberley Woods missed out on a place in the K1 final after a troubling middle section of the course. Disheartened with her performance, the paddler's intentions now turn to the newest Olympic discipline of kayak cross.

And she warned her opponents that it will be a wildly dangerous paddler lining up on the start.

"It's obviously upsetting," she said. "It's a shame that I couldn't quite get my performance going out there.

"There were just little things along the way and then that big mistake in the middle which cost it for me.

"But not once did I lose my head which I'm super proud of.

"I'm going to spend my time now preparing for the next event, using all of my skills both in and out of the water, looking after my mental health.

"I would be scared if I was on the start line with me in the kayak cross now."