Stakes raised for Egan on world kayaking stage

by Gazette Reporter

SALMON Leap’s Jenny Egan missed out on a medal at the European Canoe Sprint Championships in Plovdiv, Bulgaria last weekend in the 5,000m final.
A bronze medallist at this event back in 2015, Egan was hoping to be back on the podium, however an early collision in the race saw her get detached from the leading group.
She fought tenaciously to get back to the leading group and into medal contention.
Unfortunately, try as she did to bridge that gap to the leading group, it was just too much and she crossed the finish line in fifth position.
Egan stated after the race: “Fifth in Europe is a fair result but I was hoping to be among the medals. Four years ago, I came fifth in Europe and I was delighted with that result but my goals have changed since then, having medalled in Europe since then. You can be in the best shape of your life and then something happens in the race that is outside of your control.”
In the K1 200m event, she finished 13th overall, her best result over this distance at a European Championships, and in the K1 500m event she was 14th.
Egan is now in a five-week training programme ahead of the World Championships which takes place in Racice, Czech Republic from August 23 to 27th.
At this event, she will compete in the 200m, 500m and 5,000m events.
At the World Championships in Milan 2015, she finished in sixth in the 5,000m final, her best result ever over this distance on a world stage.
Earlier in 2017, Egan had made a brilliant start to her international sprint racing season with a pair of medals on the World Cup circuit.
In Portugal, she took gold at the first event of the season Montemor-o-Velho, Portugal in May in the 5,000m final with a brilliant late sprint.
And despite injury, she fought back in brilliant style to land a bronze medal in Szeged in Hungary over the same distance.

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