Lucan canoeist, Jenny Egan took her Sprint Canoe World Cup medal tally to ten after winning bronze in Poland yesterday
JENNY Egan-Simmons this week won her tenth World Cup sprint canoe medal after finishing third in the K1 5000m in Poznan, Poland on Sunday.
The Lucan kayaker who secured her first-ever World Cup podium finish in 2010 when she claimed silver in Szeged, Hungary, took her tally to double digits yesterday when she returned home less than a second behind runner-up Melina Andersson of Sweden and just over four seconds behind winner Estefania Fernandez of Spain.
After narrowly missing out on a medal at World Cup One in the Czech Republic the previous week, Egan was thrilled with her performance in what was a new women’s K1 5000m event.
“This World Cup has introduced a new format for the K1 5000m,” the Dubliner told The Echo.
“It was six laps – one long and five short laps with two carries – and the athletes could choose when to do their carries on laps two and six, so there was a whole new tactical element added to this already tactical race. .
“I was talking to my coaches Pete [Egan] and Jon [Simmons] and we thought it best, if possible, to do the portages as early in the race as possible.
“You had to think about the group you were with. If you were with the front group, you had to think, were they going to come in?
“You didn’t want to risk having to go out on your own and not have people to work with either, so I ended up doing my ports on towers two and three and it worked out really well.
“It was a fight until the finish line. The Spaniard was a few seconds ahead of us and there was a fight for silver, bronze and fourth place towards the finish line. Fortunately, I was on the podium.
“It was a special day for me, my family and my extended support team as it was actually my tenth Sprint Canoe World Cup medal for Ireland,” she added.
Supported by Canoeing Ireland, Sport Ireland, OFI and Salmon Leap Canoe Club, Egan hopes to build on this medal-winning performance as she prepares for the World Games in Alabama in early July.
“The canoe marathon is at the World Games for the first time, so it’s next for me,” she continued.
“It will be a tough competition and a very hot competition. The temperatures will be quite high there from what I’ve heard,” she said.