Peter Egan de Lucan fights for a bronze medal at the Masters Canoe Marathon World Championships in Romania (Photo by Sandy Yonley)
PETER Egan showed indomitable courage to clinch a bronze medal at this week’s Masters Canoe Marathon World Championships in Pitesti, Romania.
Gold medalist in that same event in 2019, Lucan’s man had to deal with a lot more this time around as a premature wrist injury was exacerbated by a grueling stomach issue he contracted a few times. just days before the race.
And although he was unable to match the pace set by Spanish pair Jesús León and Alberto Lumbreras who finished first and second respectively, he delivered a truly tenacious performance during the 19.3 contest. km and in a heat of 26 degrees to secure that last place on the podium just ahead of Thomas Yonley of the United States.
Speaking to The Echo after this fabulous achievement, Egan said, “I was delighted to get a bronze medal.
“My stomach hasn’t felt very well here the last few days, whether it was the trip or a change in food. I was not feeling well and as lively as usual.
“I also had a bad wrist injury going down the Liffey and it broke out with tendonitis, so I’ve struggled a bit since then.
“But I got out as hard as I could for as long as I could here.
“The two Spaniards escaped about 3 km after the start of the race. They took a break and I just didn’t have the energy or the power to stay with them.
“So I got into the next group of three other guys, a Dane [Jesper Mikkelsen], an American [Yonley] and an italian [Andrea Cattaneo]. I settled into that group there and hiked the following laps with them.
“The portage is pretty long here and we’ve had four portages and I just didn’t want to exhaust myself with those. It’s a long race so I got on the best possible pace.
“In the third carry, I was slow to come back up and fell back to sixth and had to run after to come back up. Three of us then got out of it together.
“We had one more long lap with a little lap to go and a carry in between, so I did what I needed to do to stay in the squad while saving as much energy as possible.
“I knew that the last portage was going to be decisive because it is just under a kilometer from the finish.
“I ran as hard as I could and came back third with Yonley just behind and knew with about 250-300m to go I had to take a step and increase the pace.
“He stayed with me and came right next to it, so I just had to find that extra gear and drove him home as much as I could.
“I was delighted to cross the finish line in third position and get a medal.
“I have had very few races in the past two years. The last 18 months have been tough for everyone so I was very happy to be on the podium here, ”he said.
Egan is hoping to recover in time for his next challenge in the senior world division on Saturday.
Her sister, Jenny, will compete in the women’s K1 short course marathon later today before competing in the long course on Saturday as well.