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British freestyle paddler Ottilie Robinson-Shaw accomplished a record-breaking world championship clear sweep, and American Dane Jackson confirmed his standing as the best male freestyle athlete of all time on an exciting remaining day on the ICF canoe freestyle world championships in Nottingham.

Robinson-Shaw completed virtually 500 factors forward of the following finest kayak athlete on her solution to her third gold medal of the week, after which Jackson defied the chances to win his fourth K1 title in entrance of an exuberant crowd.

Robinson-Shaw had an ideal ICF world championship week on a whitewater course actually on her doorstep. The 20-year-old smashed out a file rating within the ladies’s squirt, received the primary ever ladies’s canoe gold, after which shattered the world championship file rating for a single journey on her solution to kayak gold.

She additionally turned the primary athlete to win three senior gold medals at a single world championships, and after every week of holding collectively her composure, lastly let her feelings move over.

“I’ve been holding it in all week, my huge purpose was to win all three and now that has occurred it’s all popping out now,” Robinson-Shaw stated.

“I’ve had my coronary heart set on this, I’ve lived for this for the previous few years. I don’t stay in a small, smelly chilly van for nothing, it’s to be right here and be the very best.

“I really feel so cherished. I had my household, my associates, my schoolfriends, my canine – everybody that I might presumably dream of. I really feel so cherished and supported and so grateful to stay this life, as a result of with out these folks I wouldn’t be right here as we speak.”

Reigning world champion Hitomi Takaku of Japan took the silver, whereas France’s Marlene Devillez added a bronze to the silver medals she received on the earlier two world titles.

Reigning world champion Dane Jackson caught Covid on his solution to Nice Britain for the world championships, and was compelled to isolate and miss the principle coaching week. After squeezing by means of the preliminary spherical and the semi-final, the 28-year-old shot to the highest of the leaderboard together with his third and remaining journey.

“I actually didn’t know what to anticipate, simply coming right here and attending to paddle and attending to compete, I used to be simply stoked to be right here, and to make the ultimate was already a large enough shock for me, I used to be simply stoked to be within the prime 5,” Jackson stated.

“I bought my first journey on this function the day earlier than prelims, so I used to be positively studying as I went. Fortunately earlier than I got here to the occasion I used to be feeling good, I really feel nice, nothing long-term, by the top it was only a totally different expertise having to study the outlet in the course of the occasion.

“To avoid wasting my finest rating for my remaining journey within the finals, that’s all I’ve bought.”

Poland’s Tomasz Czaplicki took the silver, and Nice Britain’s Harry Worth the bronze.

Youngsters Tim Rees and Abby Holcombe received their first junior freestyle world titles, with Germany’s Rees surviving a nervous wait and American Holcombe overcoming a zero on her first journey to land their crowns.

16-year-old Rees, who trains totally on flatwater in Germany, needed to watch on anxiously at British paddler Ben Higson tried to overtake his rating of 1386.67. When Higson fell simply 44 factors quick the gold belonged to Rees.

“I’ve had this dream in my thoughts since I used to be a small little one, and to know lastly obtain this dream, I’m so blissful – most likely the happiest individual on earth proper now,” Rees stated.

“I used to be watching Ben’s journey, and I used to be actually shaking till the final second. It was a stress second for me.

“I’ve been right here coaching for a month now, and I discovered the journey, and I put collectively the journey. I’ve been engaged on that journey, I’m so blissful that I landed it on the suitable time. It didn’t go good, nevertheless it was nonetheless sufficient, in order that’s actually nice.”

In 2019 in Kind, Spain, 15-year-old Abby Holcombe started her first ever junior remaining with a zero, earlier than recovering to complete fourth. On Saturday she had the identical drawback, however then landed a rating of 506.67 together with her second journey, a rating that couldn’t be overhauled.

“My enchancment prior to now couple of years has been unbelievable, and it simply feels surreal to be on the prime as we speak,” Holcombe stated.

“Sarcastically I did the identical factor within the finals in Spain, my very first journey was a zero, so I used to be pondering perhaps that is my factor and I’m simply going to go together with it. My rides bought higher in Spain so I’m certain they’ll get higher as we speak, and so they did.

“Earlier than my semi-finals I used to be actually nervous and I wasn’t feeling it, however as we speak I felt tremendous calm similar to I did in prelims, and it labored out.”

Silver went to Nice Britain’s Niamh Macken, and bronze to American Makinley Kate Hargrove.



  1. ROBINSON-SHAW Ottilie    (GBR) 1216.67
  2. TAKAKU Hitomi                     (JPN)    726.67
  3. DEVILLEZ Marlene   (FRA)  680.00


  1. JACKSON Dane       (USA) 1633.33
  2. CZAPLICKI Tomasz (POL)  1501.67
  3. PRICE Harry             (GBR) 1390.00


  1. HOLCOMBE Abby                 (USA) 506.67
  2. MACKEN Niamh                   (GBR) 346.67
  3. HARGROVE Makinley Kate (USA) 306.67


  1. REES Tim              (GER) 1386.67
  2. HIGSON Ben        (GBR) 1343.33
  3. OKAZAKI Nanase (JPN)  996.67



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