STAFFORD and Stone Canoe Club paddler Paul Sunderland narrowly missed out on a medal at the youth Olympics yesterday (WED).
The 17-year-old came fourth in the K1 slalom event in China.
He had earlier finished as the fourth fastest in the qualification heats before breezing through the last 16 and beating France’s Arthur Taubner in his quarter final head to head.
That gave the 17-year-old two chances of a medal as the winners of the semi finals face off for gold while the losers battle it out for bronze.
“I really enjoyed the slalom event and I ended on a high with the quarter-final, that was a super good paddle that was,” he said.
“I had a really nice landing off the ramp and the paddle felt really strong as well so I am really pleased with that heading into the semi-final.
“The start is massively important. In my first run in the morning it was a bit sketchy and I got a lot of water on top of the bow and it was a bit slow setting off.
“But I learnt from it and pulled it altogether for the quarter-final and I was really pleased with how it went.”