Egan Narrowly Misses Out On Medal In Euro Games

Jenny Egan has narrowly missed out on a kayaking medal at the European Games in Baku, being denied in canoe sprint’s longest race by less than half a second, finishing fourth. Behind eventual winner Maryna Litvinchuk of Belarus in the women’s K1 5000m Final, the Leixlip paddler was edged out of the medals In a three-way battle by second-placed Lani Belcher of Britain and bronze-medallist Renata Csay of Hungary, whose margin over Egan was a mere 0.455 seconds. Litvinchuk was 17 seconds clear of the rest in posting a winning time of 22 minutes, 48.990 seconds – but the joust for the other medals saw a slender margin of just over six-tenths of a second between silver and fourth. Eariler, Egan had finished sixth in the B Final of the K1 500m. Her brother Peter, also of Salmon Leap Canoe Club, was looking to emulate that spectacular performance in the men’s K1 5000m Final, but came home 21st. Germany claimed their fourth gold of the Games through Max Hoff, having ten seconds to spare over Portugal’s Fernando Pimenta. Cyrille Carre of France had to content himself with bronze, with Egan two-and-a-half minutes down. Elsewhere, Andrzej Jezierski was fourth in the B Final of the men’s C1 200m. Darren O’Neill and Myles Casey have enjoyed wins on the opening day of the boxing, starting at the last-32 stage, but Kurt Walker found himself edged out in his first-round bout. Kilkenny heavyweight and Irish boxing captain O’Neill enjoyed a comprehensive unanimous points victory over Romania’s Ionut Jitaru in his opening round contest, scored by the judges 30-27, 30-24, 30-26 as each judge awarded O’Neill every round. O’Neill isn’t in action again until next Sunday when he takes on Latvian Raitis Sinkevics. Although Casey also had a unanimous points victory at flyweight over Belarussian Ivan Fihurenka, each judge only scored it 29-28 in the St Francis man’s favour. Next for the Limerick fighter is home Azerbaijani prospect Elvin Mamishzada at the Crystal Hall next Saturday. But Lisburn bantamweight Kurt Walker was denied on a split-decision by Russian Bakhtovar Nazirov, who edged him out on the cards of two judges to one – 29-28 on both cards. Walker was given a 29-28 in his favour also. Lightweight Sean McComb and middleweight Michael O’Reilly are still due to fight in the later session. Derek Burnett may be on the way to another successful week of shooting as the twice-Olympic top-eighter lies twelfth after the opening day’s Trap Qualification. Darren Wallace was 52nd in the opening round of the men’s archery, determining the next round’s pairings, while Sinead Cuthbert Cunningham was 57th in the women’s equivalent. Ireland are 27th after the mixed team ranking round.