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Alexandra paddler Finn Butcher is a strong contender for the next Olympics after winning an extreme slalom silver medal at the world championships in Bratislava, Slovakia.

Butcher finished second behind Joe Clarke, of Great Britain, in the four-person final on Monday morning NZ time.

Mario Leitner, of Austria, was third.

Otago kayaker Finn Butcher wins silver at the world extreme slalom championships in Bratislava. PHOTO: SUPPLIED

Butcher was based in Prague to compete in the circuit from the start of June before relocating to Pau, in France, for the final two world cups of the campaign and then to Slovakia for the world championships which started on September 21.

The silver bodes well for Butcher’s future in the sport as extreme slalom will make its Olympic Games debut in Paris in 2024.

The event will replace the K1 200m.

Butcher was pleased with his performance and said he was happy “to have stuck in the fight and not given up

“The final was epic. I’m really happy to end the season on a high.”

Otago kayaker Finn Butcher wins silver at the world extreme slalom championships in Bratislava. PHOTO: SUPPLIED