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Congratulations to Paul Sunderland, 4th place in Youth Olympic Games

Report from Olympic website: Paul SunderlandPaul Sunderland (Stoke Sixth Form College student and past head boy at Trentham High School) insists his Youth Olympic Games adventure has already exceeded all expectations after booking his spot in the K1 slalom semi-finals.
Sunderland got his Youth Olympic Games underway on Saturday, however just fell short of the quarter-finals in the K1 sprint event.
But the 17-year-old was back out at Xianwu Lake yesterday (Tuesday) for his preferred K1 slalom event, and immediately set about stamping his mark on the competition.
Sunderland finished the qualification heats as the fourth fastest before breezing through the last-16 and then beating France’s Arthur Taubner in his head-to-head quarter-final.
This means the teenager will have two chances for a medal today (Wednesday) as he 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,” Sunderland 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.”

Our congratulations go to Paul as he finished in 4th place – a tremendous achievement on a world stage.

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