Tokyo Olympics 2020: Luuka Jones qualifies for Japan with world championship bronze

Kiwi Luuka Jones in action.
Kiwi Luuka Jones in action. Photo credit: Supplied

New Zealand kayaker Luuka Jones secured a spot at next years Tokyo Olympics after winning bronze in the women's K1 final at the canoe slalom world championships in Spain.

Jone recorded a clean 94.77s run to finish 0.50secs behind Slovenia's Eva Tercelj, with Australia's Jess Fox second in 94.69s.

The bronze was the Tauranga paddler's first world championship medal and eclipses her fourth-placing in 2017 and her seventh-placing last year. It is also New Zealand's best K1 finish at a world championship.

"I knew that a good time had been set and I just went out and attacked it and left nothing out there," Jones said. "I'm so stoked to have put down a really good run - it's been a goal of mine for a long time to medal at world champs. 

"This is the pinnacle event, it's the one that all athletes want to do well at, and it's really special to do it here."

By making the final, Jones also guaranteed her selection for next year's Tokyo Olympics, which will be her fourth appearance at the Games.

The 30-year-old will join the likes of board sailor Barbara Kendall (who attended five), table tennis stalwart Chunli Li, discus thrower Beatrice Faumuina, runner Lorraine Moller and shot putter Valerie Adams as quadruple Olympians.

Jones won silver in the K1 discipline at the Rio Olympics in 2016.