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Team GB wins silver in canoeing and takes shooting bronze at Tokyo Olympics

Written by on 29/07/2021

Team GB canoeist Mallory Franklin has won the silver medal in the women’s single slalom in Tokyo – with Matt Coward-Holley collecting shooting bronze in the men’s trap final at the Olympics.

Franklin, 27, recorded the fastest time in both heats on Wednesday.

Her fiance Ciaran Lee Edwards said she was “really thrilled” to have done so well in the run-up to the final, but knew the clock started from “zero” when she went for a medal.

Also known as the women’s C1 event, it has been included for the first time to promote gender equality.

Mr Edwards, 28, also a canoeist, said it was clear Franklin had ability from a young age.

“I think everyone knew she had lots of talent,” he said. “She was really young, I think about 12, when she got promoted to the top division, the premier division, within the UK.

“She was this little girl fighting the big rapids that everyone was in awe of. She’s always had lots of potential and people have been able to see that.”

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Chelmsford shooter Coward-Holley shot 33 of 40 in the final to replicate the third place secured by Ed Ling at the Rio Games five years ago.

The 26-year-old had arrived in Japan as one of the favourites for gold as the world and European champion but could not match the Czech duo of Jiri Liptak and David Kostelecky.

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