Fiona Pennie

Great Britain Canoe Slalom Athlete | World Championship Medallist | European Champion 2013 | Beijing 2008 and Rio 2016 Olympian | On the Road to Tokyo 2020

A bit of an unfortunate end to the British Open weekend for me. Following a bit of illness on Friday, I still had the speed and was the fastest by 4 seconds on the semi final. However the judges had deemed that I didn't go through the upstream gate 10 and even following a protest the 50 second penalty remained. Judge for yourselves in the video in the post before. The complicated bit is that I still managed to race in the final for the ICF ranking race as only 7 ICF ranked paddlers were racing so in theory I made the top 10 for that. But my result wouldn't be included in the British Open final. 5 seconds quicker than the rest of the field in the British Open final and ICF final shows I'm on form for the World Champs in 2 weeks time. I'm still a British Open champion too.....the veteran one! Pays to be a bit older now!

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A bit of an unfortunate end to the British Open weekend for me. Following a bit of illness on Friday, I still had the speed and was the fastest by 4 seconds on the semi final. However the judges had deemed that I didn't go through the upstream gate 10 and even following a protest the 50 second penalty remained. Judge for yourselves in the video below. The complicated bit is that I still managed to race in the final for the ICF ranking race as only 7 ICF ranked paddlers were racing so in theory I made the top 10 for that. But my result wouldn't be included in the British Open final. 5 seconds quicker than the rest of the field in the British Open final and ICF final shows I'm on form for the World Champs in 2 weeks time. I'm still a British Open champion too.....the veteran one! Pays to be a bit older now!

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That'll do to wrap things up for qualification! A few little time errors but pleased with a 3rd place to comfortably put me in Sunday morning's semi final. Not bad for paddling a 2.5 year old boat!

The legs are now feeling the effects of the adventure with @lynsdouglas today up to Lac d'Oô and further on up into the mist to the Refuge d'Espingo. Pity the Scottish mist prevented any views over the #Pyrenees or indeed thoughts of a swim at Lac Saussat! #RestFromTraining #WhatRest

Fun day off after week 1 of our Pau training camp. Amazing place up at Lac de Bious Artigues! Thank you so much @em.greaves for the recommendation!