Egan’s glorious 2017 continues in China

by Gazette Reporter

SALMON Leap Canoe Club’s Jenny Egan added to her incredible 2017 medal collection with a pair of podium finishes at the International Canoe Marathon World Cup in Shaoxing and Shanghai, China over six days of intense racing last week.
It lifts her tally to five major international medals over this year’s racing season which started back in May.
Along with club mate Barry Watkins, she was invited by the International Canoe Federation and the Chinese Canoe Federation who sponsored both athletes to race.
The first success came in Shaoxing in the first World Cup race over a 26.2km course of 7 laps and 6 portages with a high quality field.
The race was going to be a keenly contested affair and a group immediately formed and broke away who battled together for six of the seven laps.
On the sixth portage, this group was whittled down to four boats: Egan, Czech Republic’s Adamova Koziskova, GB’s Lizzie Broughton and Serbia’s Kristina Bedec, making it all to play for over the last 1,000m.
Into the last turn, Bedec was dropped, so it was left to three paddlers to fight it out for who was going to win gold, silver and bronze.
Egan and Koziskova pulled away from Broughton and in the final sprint to the line with Egan eventually second by the narrowest of margins after a fantastic race over the marathon course.
Egan said afterwards: “I am delighted to win a silver medal here at the first marathon World Cup to be held in China. I have had a tummy bug for the last couple days and I wasn’t sure if I would finish the race so I am over the moon with this result.”
Egan also commented on the atmosphere created by a sizeable crowd: “It was amazing to compete in front of such a huge number of spectators and how friendly the Chinese people are.”
All of the competitors travelled to Shanghai a few days later for a race over the shorter distance of 3.4kms with two portages.
Again, a group of athletes broke away which included Bedec, Broughton, Belgium’s Lise Broekx of Belgium and Egan.
Bedec broke away and stayed on to win gold.
It left Broughton to hold out for silver with Egan taking bronze from Broekx by one tenth of a second.

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