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Luuka Jones fourth at slalom World Cup

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 25/06/2017

Kiwi slalom kayaker Luuka Jones continues to show world-class qualities in the C1 class, storming into a fourth-placed finish at the latest World Cup round in Germany.

The Olympic K1 silver medallist is dipping her paddles into the C1 canoe for the first time this year and making a strong fist of it.

She qualified fourth fastest for the final and finished in that position, narrowly missing out on New Zealand's second-ever medal at a World Cup.

The first came a week ago in the Czech Republic, when fellow-Olympian Mike Dawson won the extreme slalom event.

Tauranga paddler Jones looked in control throughout most of her final run in Augsburg before a small mistake two gates from the finish saw her roll.

She recovered quickly, finishing with no penalties in 135.00secs, but the 11sec she lost proved the difference between second and fourth.

"If you said at the start of the year that I'd finish fourth in my second World Cup in C1, I'd be over the moon," Jones said.

"It's been I guess a pretty good day - but at the moment, I'm a little bit annoyed and I'm still getting over it.

"Next week when I reflect, I will probably decide that's a pretty good start to my season in C1 and there's still a lot to learn and a long way to go.

Australia's Jess Fox won the final in a clean run of 116.86sec, more than 10sec ahead of Mallory Franklin (Great Britain), with Lena Stoecklin (Germany) just 1.12secs ahead of Jones in third.

Jones was to contest the K1 semi-finals on Sunday, while Dawson was seeking back-to-back success in the extreme category.

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