Former Bruntcliffe School student Joe Morley retained his Adidas Sickline Extreme Kayak World Championship title with a brilliant display in Austria.
After beating the seemingly unbeatable Sam Sutton from New Zealand last year, Morley was determined to prove his credentials again, this time in Oetz.
Morley put in a commanding performance as he stormed to victory almost one second ahead of second placed Mike Dawson, from New Zealand.
The defending champion clocked a time of 56.48 seconds in his final run on the cold Otztaler Ache River.
“On my final run everything went well. I’ve been going faster and faster all weekend,” said Morley.
“I knew exactly what I needed to do, so I just went down and did it. I was a bit worried because Gerd Serrasolses had been super quick all weekend.
“To go in front of him and everybody else is a bit of an achievement - again.”
Meanwhile, back home, the Morley family had gathered to watch live coverage to see if Joe was able to retain the title.
His mother Shirley said: “It was a very tense hour. Joe was 12th down the course so we were writing down the time of the other competitors.
“The other paddlers were no match for Joe and his win was sealed. We all jumped around the lounge shouting and hugging each other. It was amazing.”
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