Jones rues mistake in 10th place finish
New Zealand Olympic canoe slalom paddler Luuka Jones finished a credible 10th in the K1 class at the world championships in the United States today, but was left ruing a costly mistake.
The 25-year-old from the Bay of Plenty qualified second for the final at Deep Creek, Maryland behind eventual winner Jess Fox of Australia.
But a contentious error at the 15th gate on a course dominated by a powerful flow that troubled many of the leading competitors, hit Jones hard.
She incurred a 50-seconds penalty that ruined any medal hopes though she still finished with the best result for a Kiwi women's paddler at this level.
"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 lamented.
"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."
A field of 43 women started the K1 event.
Jones now returns to New Zealand after several months competing and training in the northern hemisphere in what has been her most successful season.
The 20-year-old Fox had already won the C1 event yesterday and claimed her double - and third world title overall - in style with the final run of the championship.
"It feels so special and I'm so happy, speechless even, that was a great run for me," said the jubilant Australian.
"I saw that someone had posted a 114, so I knew that I just had to go out there and be on line.
''I felt that I got into a rhythm early on and I just managed to keep the flow, and to finish in the lead is unbelievable."