After her silver success in K1 yesterday on Augsburg’s waters, the Ascot speedster showed her traditional prowess in the canoe discipline will not suffer as a result of her dual ambition.

Last down the course, Franklin clocked 115.65 seconds to nip onto the C1 podium a tenth quicker than third-placed Brazilian Ana Satila.

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Franklin said: "I paddled at Augsburg a lot when I was little and I quite enjoy it.

"The season is going well so far. I generally haven’t quite got out the runs I wanted to, but to still get medals when I haven’t done perfect runs means I can’t complain too much.

"I knew it would take me longer to get to the medals in kayak as it is a more competitive discipline than C1.

"We have a training camp in Rio next month ahead of the World Championships and I haven’t been there before, I’m really excited about it."

Negotiating the first half of the run without alarm, the 24-year-old was assured on both upstream sections of the Munich course.

She suffered a scare on the tricky final gate, as did dominant eventual gold medallist Jessica Fox, but emerged unscathed to earn her fifth medal of the World Cup series.

As a result, Franklin knocked fellow Brit Kimberley Woods off bronze medal position despite the Rugby-born racer’s time of 121.58.

Woods, reigning C1 team world champion in the same boat as Franklin, stormed through her semi-final in third.

Elsewhere, Olympic champion Joe Clarke narrowly missed out on completing a hat-trick of medals at all three stages of the World Cup series but settled for a fourth-placed finish in K1.

Clarke, from Stoke-on-Trent, was highly aggressive from the first gate and negotiated the tricky wall on the tenth gate – clocking 97.08.

Bradley Forbes-Cryans finished 12th in the K1 semi, missing out on a place in the final, as Chris Bowers ended in 21st.

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