The United States’ Dane Jackson claimed his third men’s canoe world title as action concluded today at the 2017 International Canoe Federation (ICF) Canoe Freestyle Kayak Championships in San Juan in Argentina.
Jackson posted what proved to be a winning score of 1,210 points with his first ride at the White Water Park.
He followed up with 1,130 points in run two and 1,043.33 in run three.
France’s Sebastien Devred finished second with 1,100 points, while Czech Republic’s Lukas Cervinka came third with 980.
Jackson had set an ICF high score with 1,093.33 points in the preliminary round.
He then bettered that mark again with 1,236.67 points in yesterday’s semi-final.
"I’m really fired up to get another 1,200 and it's pretty good to have all three over 1,000," Jackson, who won his first men’s canoe gold medal in 2011 and regained his title two years ago having had to settle for bronze in 2013, said.
"I would have been happy to break into 1,300, but it couldn’t happen today."
There was disappointment for Jackson, however, in the men's kayak senior event as he finished runner-up to Spain's Joaquim Fontane I Maso.
The American led the competition for the first two rounds with 1,683.33 points, but his rival posted the best ride of the night with his final effort to record 1,718.33.
"It’s a dream come true," Fontane I Maso said.
"I’ve been having these dreams since I was 10 or 11.
"My first two rides were not very good.
"To be fair, the lights were confusing me a little bit, so I was a bit unsure.
"But then on the last ride, I knew I only had one chance.
"I only needed one ride to be world champion.
"I thought it was my opportunity.
"I couldn’t let it escape from me."
Devred secured the bronze medal with 1,485 points.
The women’s kayak senior final saw Great Britain’s Claire O’Hara set a world record high score of 925 points on her way to victory.
The 36-year-old’s win follows her victory in the women’s squirt competition earlier in the week and secures a third World Championship gold-medal double after those in 2011 and 2013.
"It means the world to be honest," O’Hara, who now has a total of 10 world titles to her name, said.
"This is my goal for this year.
"I’ve had a lot of family stuff going on that not a lot of people know about and I’ve not been training as committed as I normally would do.
"To do it this late in my career, I’ve been competing in World Championships since 2007.
"I’ve been on this scene for a long time and I think that helps."
France’s Marlene Devillez finished second with 886.67 points, while Japan’s Hitomi Takaku was third with 570.
In the men’s kayak junior final, France’s Tom Dolle came out on top after achieving 1,718.33 points with his first ride.
The 17-year-old started as the favourite in the five-man junior final and had set himself the goal of reaching 1,700 points.
Alex Walters took the silver medal with 1,496.67 points, while fellow Briton Harry Price finished third with 1,216.67.
The women’s kayak junior final saw Britain’s Ottilie Robinson-Shaw win the world title at her first attempt.
The 16-year-old took the lead early over defending champion Sage Donnelly and had a nervous wait with the American having the last ride of the competition.
But Donnelly was unable to overhaul Robinson-Shaw’s score of 553.33 points, finishing with 483.33.
Fellow American Olivia McGinnis came third with 283.33 points.