Video ruins finals hopes for Jones


Luuka Jones has been left lamenting a controversial video call after missing the final of the women’s K1 at the World Cup canoe slalom event in Poland overnight.
Jones, who qualified sixth for the semifinals, appeared to have cruised through to the top-10 final in eighth spot after a 95.08sec run, only to have a 50sec penalty added for missing a gate.
“I got to the bottom and saw I was in the final - then the video judge reviewed and added a 50 on,” a gutted Jones said. “I was surprised as didn’t even consider gate 12 - I had a really scrappy run but thought it was fast enough for the final.”
The penalty left her 27th, 54.78secs behind Austrian Corinna Kuhnle’s fastest qualifying time.
Kuhnle had her own troubles in the final, as did Germany’s Ricarda Funk, who picked up two 2secs penalties to let Australia’s Jess Fox storm to yet another World Cup win.
Fox finished the final in 91.51, 0.89 seconds ahead of surprise silver medallist Lucie Baudu (France) with Italy’s Stefanie Horn third. Funk’s touches left her 2.41secs behind Fox in fifth, while Kuhnle was ninth.
Jones, meanwhile, will be back in action tonight in the C1 women’s semifinals, with fellow Kiwis Caullum Gilbert (men’s K1) and Mike Dawson (extreme slalom) joining her for the last day of competition.