Kayaking: Leeds kayaker O’Hara on top of the world after golden double

World freestyle kayaking champion Claire O'Hara.
World freestyle kayaking champion Claire O'Hara.
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LEEDS’ Claire O’Hara has confirmed herself as the greatest female freestyle kayaker on the planet with another golden world titles double, the third of her glittering career.

Thirty-three-year-old O’Hara, who attended Cardinal Heenan High School, Notre Dame Sixth Form College and Leeds Metropolitan University, not only won the women’s K1 title under lights at San Juan, Argentina on Saturday night, she also set a new world record highest score of 925.

Claire O' Hara in flat-water training.

Claire O' Hara in flat-water training.

The K1 title follows her victory in the women’s squirt competition earlier in the week, adding to the double golds she won in 2011 and 2013 and giving her ten world championship titles in total.

The double also comes after less-than-ideal preparation for the 33-year-old.

“It means the world to be honest,” O’Hara 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, and Japan’s Hitomi Takaku was third with 570.

After a week of struggling to hit her top form, O’Hara slipped straight into the groove with her 925 point first ride.