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#CANOEING: Pat O’Leary qualified for the final of the KL3 paracanoeing event at the European Sprint Championships in Racice in the Czech Republic today. O’Leary finished second in his heat of the 200 metre event. Barry Watkins and Michael Fitzsimons finished 2.82 seconds behind the winners, Lithuania, in the semi-final of the K2 1,000. This placed the Ireland crew sixth and ended their campaign as only the top three progressed to the final. Jenny Egan finished sixth in both her heat and semi-final of the K1 500. The top three in the semi-final qualified for the final. Egan is set to compete in the B Final.

European Canoe Sprint Championships, Racice, Czech Republic (Selected Results; Irish interest)
Men
K2 1,000 – Heat One (First Three Directly to Final): 7 M Fitzsimons, B Watkins 3:22.036. Semi-Final (First Three to A Final): 6 M Fitzsimons, B Watkins 3 mins 18.868 secs.
Paracanoe, KL3 200 – Heat Two (First Three Directly to Final): 2 P O’Leary 44.208 secs.
Women
K1 500 – Heat Three: 6 J Egan 1:58.704. Semi-Final (First Three to A Final): 6 J Egan (to B Final) 1:55.076.

Published in Canoeing

#CANOEING: Jenny Egan qualified for tomorrow’s A Final of the K1 500 metres at the European Olympic Qualifier in sprint canoeing at Poznan in Poland today. A finish in the top two would send her to London.

Egan finished fifth in her heat this morning and thus needed to be in the top three in the semi-final: she took the third place by just under four tenths of a second from Portugal’s Joana Sousa. Neil Fleming, in the K1 1,000 metres, and the K2 200m crew of Sean Marchetti and Val Peirce  missed out.

European Canoe Sprint Olympic Qualifier, Poznan, Poland (Irish interest)

Men

K1 1,000m – Heat Three (1st to Final; rest to Semi-Final): 5 N Fleming 3:48.069. Semi-Final (1-3 to A Final): 5 Fleming 3:45.819

K2 200m – Heat One (1-3 to Final; 4-7 plus one best time to Semi-Final): 8 S Marchetti/V Peirce 36:549. Semi-Final (1-3 to Final): 8 Marchetti/Peirce 35.645.

Women

K1 500 – Heat Two (1-3 to Final; 4-7 plus one best time to Semi-Final): 5 J Egan 2:02.124. Semi-Final (1-3 to A Final): 1 Norway (MV Larsen) 2:01.083, 2 Spain (M A Portela) 2:01.363, 3 Egan 2:02.215

Published in Canoeing

The Dragon was designed by Johan Anker in 1929 as an entry for a competition run by the Royal Yacht Club of Gothenburg, to find a small keel-boat that could be used for simple weekend cruising among the islands and fjords of the Scandinavian seaboard. The original design had two berths and was ideally suited for cruising in his home waters of Norway. The boat quickly attracted owners and within ten years it had spread all over Europe.

The Dragon's long keel and elegant metre-boat lines remain unchanged, but today Dragons are constructed using the latest technology to make the boat durable and easy to maintain. GRP is the most popular material, but both new and old wooden boats regularly win major competitions while looking as beautiful as any craft afloat. Exotic materials are banned throughout the boat, and strict rules are applied to all areas of construction to avoid sacrificing value for a fractional increase in speed.

The key to the Dragon's enduring appeal lies in the careful development of its rig. Its well-balanced sail plan makes boat handling easy for lightweights, while a controlled process of development has produced one of the most flexible and controllable rigs of any racing boat.