Chourraut Claims a Bronze in the Women’s Kayak Slalom

London Olympics 2012

Maialen Chourraut has given Spain its second Olympic medal in two days…

The 29-year-old Spanish slalom canoer earned the bronze medal in the women’s kayak slalom Thursday at the 2012 Olympic Games.

Maialen Chourrout

“This is the medal that I needed, said Chourraut at the end of competition. “This is for Spain.”

Chourraut, the 2009 world silver medalist, finished with a time of 106.87, about one second off gold medal winner, France’s Emilie Fer‘s time. Australia’s Jessica Fox won the silver.

Maialen Chourraut

It’s a vastly improved Olympic performance for Chourraut, who had previously competed in the K-1 event at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, where she was eliminated in the heats.