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Jones on podium at new slalom course

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 24/11/2016

Leading Kiwi whitewater canoe slalom paddler Luuka Jones has notched a couple of podium finishes on the first day of an international event in Auckland.

Rio Olympics silver medallist Jones took an early shine to the newly-completed Whitewater Park course in Manukau which is hosting its first competition this week.

The man-made course is the first of its kind in New Zealand, mirroring the type of venue used at recent Olympic Games and world championships.

Jones finished just 0.29 seconds behind experienced British rival Lizzie Neave in the women's K1 final over a short eight-gate distance.

Jones also grabbed third in the C1 division, her first attempt at the kneeling, single-bladed discipline in more than four years.

She revealed this week she hopes to compete in both the K1 and C1 events at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

Australian Noemie Fox beat compatriot Rosalyn Lawrence in the C1 final.

The men's C1 honours went to German Anton Franz while Czech Republic paddler Via Prindis won the men's K1 final.

Racing on Friday and Saturday will be over the traditional 18-gate course.

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