Canoeing

Silver for Canoeist Jenny Egan At The Copenhagen World Championships

Ireland’s Jenny Egan secured a silver medal finish at the K1 Women 5000m event of the Canoeing World Championships in Copenhagen on Sunday.

 The triumph her second medal of the season, the race was heavily contested throughout the 23 minute course with just a 1.96 second split between the top three competitors.

Egan was pipped to top spot by Hungary’s Emese Kohlami but placed ahead of Britain’s Lizzie Broughton in the sprint finale.

Earlier in the competition Egan was left short changed after a disappointing 500m outing in which she was knocked out at the semi-final stage but will have been happy to regain some confidence in the thick of the championship calendar.

Speaking with Off The Ball yesterday she commented that she is “still in Denmark in preparation for the marathon world championships which are in Romania” and upcoming this time next week.

“It’s been a really exciting time” she says.

“Thankfully all my training and hard work throughout the last year and a half and through lockdown paid off on Sunday and to get back on that senior world Championship podium for Ireland was a dream come through.”

Describing the 5000m as “a very tactical race” the Jon Simmons coached athlete reveals that “it’s not about being necessarily the fastest paddler from A to B it’s about being the smartest as well as the fittest and the strongest and being able to sprint whenever you need to too.”

“There was one stage where I had broken into the lead group of four boats and I left myself with three other competitors. I thought ‘okay yes’ this is kind of the breakaway I need and there will be four of us which is pretty tough going for three places on the podium.”

“I just had to make sure I was up in a really good position in the front group and the front wash. Thankfully it all paid off and I went across the finish line in silver position.”

Alanna Cunnane

Alanna is a Journalism student in Dublin City University and is passionate about all sport - in particular Ladies Football and Soccer! Alanna has made contributions to Ocean FM, the Final Whistle, the Sligo Champion and the Connacht Telegraph! She even has hosts her own podcast called 'Are You Still Listening?'
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