Monday, June 27, 2011

Results ICF Freestyle Plattling

As someone who has never quite managed to roll correctly in even the calmest of water, it's incredible to watch the kayakers at the Freestyle World Championships. The tournament finished up yesterday in Plattling, Germany.

Claire O Hara, UK took two world titles in the Squirt and K1 sections. She was quoted earlier on the ICF site saying it just all went well and how excited she is to be part of the changes in women's kayaking. Second in the Squirt was Motoko Ishada  from Japan. Emily Jackson, America - defending champ - came second in the KI event. In all, Amercia, the UK and Spain took 17 of the 24 medals across the men's and women's competitions.

Emily Wall (UK) who sent the great pics for last week's Wordless Wednesday posted on her site: "After a shaky prelims, a personal best quarterfinal and a below average perform in the semi final, I placed 6th. I just missed the cut by 3pts. I’m proud of myself for getting that far. Of course it would’ve been nice to paddle better in the semifinal and make the final, but that’s just the way competition goes." And Polly Green, who I've posted about here and here, wrote a lovely piece on her blog on what competition can really mean here.

There are more video interviews with kayakers like Hayley Mills (US) and Courtney Kerin (New Zealand) - silver medallist in the junior women's - on the ICF site, just scroll down here almost of the end of the page.ou

Which are your favourite 'couch-potato' tournaments?

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