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Double challenge for Luuka Jones

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 15/06/2017

Canoe slalom Olympic silver medallist Luuka Jones is heading to one of her favourite European courses to kick off her World Cup campaign - in two disciplines.

Jones, who won the silver medal in the K1 at the Rio Olympics, will lead a seven-strong New Zealand team to the Troja course in Prague this weekend for the opening ICF World Cup event of the season.

Jones will also participate in the C1 (canoe) discipline, which has been added to the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

"Prague is one of my favourite courses and it will be the first World Cup for me doing both C1 and K1, so there will be some learning going on," she says.

"By doubling up, we're now having to fit in training for two classes instead of one and because they are technically quite different, I need to spend time developing both.

"It is a bit of an experiment but so far, it is working."

Jones will be in a world-class K1 field at Troja, including Rio gold medallist Maialen Chourraut (Spain) and bronze medallist Jess Fox (Australia).

Fellow Kiwis Jane Nicholas and Kensa Randle will join Jones in the K1, with Nicholas also in the C1.

The New Zealand men's charge, meanwhile, will be led by Olympic finalist Mike Dawson and rising stars Callum Gilbert and Finn Butcher.

NZ team: K1 men - Finn Butcher, Mike Dawson, Callum Gilbert. K1 women - Luuka Jones, Jane Nicholas, Kensa Randle. C1 men - Callum Gilbert, Patrick Washer. C1 women - Luuka Jones, Jane Nicholas.

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