Tokyo Olympics 2020: Team GB adds a silver and bronze medal
Mallory Franklin has won the silver medal in the women’s single slalom and Matt Coward-Holley picked up shooting bronze in the men’s trap final at the Olympics, adding two more medals to the Team GB collection.
Franklin recorded the fastest time in both heats and was leading the final until Australia’s Jessica Fox took to the water and won by 3.64 seconds.
The women’s single slalom has been included for the first time to promote gender equality.
Tennis star Andy Murray tweeted his congratulations after Franklin secured second place.
Franklin is the second British woman to win a medal in an Olympic canoe slalom event following Helen Reeves – who won bronze in 2004.
She said it is “really cool to have the medal and I think it can mean so much for people”
She added: “I hope that people see Women’s C1 as an event that is really high-class with some amazing paddling out there.
“I don’t think I’ve really comprehended it. I don’t know when I will.”
Team GB shooter Coward-Holley shot 33 of 40 in his final to secure third place.
His bronze medal led to a “little bit of a mix of emotions”.
“I’m a little bit lost for words,” he said. “It’s my first Olympics so to come away with a medal, it’s phenomenal.”
Asked how he had handled his nerves, he added: “Being my first Olympic final, the first little bit of the final is always that little bit of tension, that little bit of nerves. But I thought: ‘You’ve got this far, you’ve just got to relax and trust yourself that you can do it.'”
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