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Jones Wins Silver in Canoe Slalom

Friday, August 12, 2016

Tauranga's Luuka Jones has created history with a silver medal in the K1 canoe slalom at the Rio Olympics. It's New Zealand's first medal on the Olympics whitewater.

Qualifying seventh for the 1-women final, Jones put in a stunning run down the 24-gate 242m course with a time of 101.82s.

Spain's Maialen Chourraut took gold in 98.65s and Australian Jessica Fox claimed bronze with 102.49s.

It represented spectacular progression from Jones who finished 14th in London in 2012 and 21st in Beijing in 2008.

Jones, the 27-year-old from Tauranga, belied her world ranking of No 28 with a storming run.

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