Egan’s unlikely World Series win

by Gazette Reporter

SALMON Leap’s Jenny Egan brought the curtain down on her 2016 canoeing season in style as she won the senior women’s K1 class at the international Adige Marathon in Italy.
This victory, combined with her tremendous wins in last month’s International Liffey Descent and the International Ribadesella in Spain in August, subsequently saw the Lucan woman capture the 2016 International Canoe Federation’s Marathon Classic world series title.
The maximum 100 points gained in each of her three wins means she cannot be caught by her closest rival Kristina Bedocs even if the Serbian wins the final race in China, should she even opt to contest it.
Beating the likes of 2016 European sprint champion, Bedocs, and 2014 marathon world silver medallist Lizzie Broughton of Great Britain to this year’s title was a tremendous close to a great season for Egan.
Indeed, she also scooped gold and silver medals in the ICF World Cup K1 5000m events in Portugal and Czech Republic respectively.
“It was my first time to compete in the [Adige Marathon] race and while it was not as technical as the Liffey Descent, it was a long race at 36 kilometres,” Egan said.
“I had also cut my foot badly on the portage in the Liffey Descent and I didn’t know if I would be able to go until only a few days beforehand.
“The swelling had gone down and luckily there were no portages in the Adige race because if I’d had to get out and run a portage, I wouldn’t have been able to do it.”
Winning the series was made all the more remarkable given the fact that the title was not something Egan had initially targeted. It was only after she dug out a superb win in the Ribadesella that she began to harbour ambitions of going all the way.
“The Ribadesella is one of the hardest races and after I did that, I decided I was going to try and win the series” explained Egan.
“I decided to race K1 in the International Liffey having raced K2 kayak doubles for so many years and I wanted to try and get the record time which I achieved by getting a new record.”
It has been a hugely impressive second half of the year for the Dubliner who had to cope with the disappointment of missing out on qualification by one place for the Olympic Games in Rio.
“My main goal was to qualify for the Olympics, but I said that I’d give it a good go and if I didn’t make it, I wouldn’t allow it to affect the rest of my season the way it did when I just missed out in 2012.
“I’ve had a great season since then and I’ve learned a lot about myself as an athlete and what I need to do”.
“I feel I’m in a much better place now and I just want to push on and keep improving” she said.
Egan will certainly have plenty on her competitive programme for 2017 starting with the selection race for the Irish team that is scheduled for Nottingham in April.

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