CANOEING: Kimberley Woods rewrites canoeing record books

Kimberley Woods
Kimberley Woods

First woman paddler to complete a double win in two classes at a national event

Last weekend saw Kimberley Woods become the first woman paddler to complete a double win in two classes at a national event.

Racing in the National Premier Division Race 7 at Nottingham White Water Centre, she was in winning form on both days coming first in both C1 and K1 Classes in the first heat by a clear margin.

In the second heat Kimberley retained first place in the C1 but slipped to second place in K1 but still qualified for the evening semi-final as the top 16 went through. Kimberley again lead the way in the semi-finals progressing through to the Sunday’s final in first place by several seconds in both classes. In the C1 final Kimberley followed Mallory Franklin, the world championship silver medallist, who had set a fast pace but Kimberley put on a stunning performance beating Mallory’s time by four seconds, taking first place.

This win is now the sixth win in succession for Kimberley and places her in an unbeatable first place in the 2014 national standings.

Kimberley was back in the K1 less than 30 minutes later producing her fastest time of the day, coming in first place with a margin of over five seconds on second placed Hannah Burgess.

With this result Kimberley has retained first place in the national standings.