Top 10 finish for Kiwi paddler Luuka Jones

New Zealand paddler Luuka Jones recorded a top-10 finish at the world canoe slalom championships in the United States yesterday.

Jones qualified for the women's final at Deep Creek, Maryland, in second place but a contentious error saw her miss out on what would have been a huge achievement for the Bay of Plenty paddler.

The 25-year-old's 10th place was still a best for a New Zealand woman in the history of the event, but a mistake on gate 15 - two-thirds of the way through the course - gave her a 50-second penalty that saw her slip down the order behind eventual winner Jess Fox of Australia.

"It was a small error on my part on gate 15 which I rectified, but I was still penalised and that cost me dearly," Jones said.

"I paddled well over the whole weekend and I'm happy with being second after the semis. That was definitely a highlight for me.

"Of course I would have liked to have finished higher in the final, but I achieved my initial goals," said Jones, who has completed her most successful season yet on the international circuit.

- Waikato Times


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