#Canoeing: Ireland’s Liam Jegou finished 19th in the semi-finals of the canoe slalom European Championships this morning. Jegou came down the course at Liptovsky Mikulas in Slovakia in 105.02 seconds. He had touches on gates one, nine and 20, thus incurring six seconds on penalties. His time of 111.02 put him fourth at that point – crucially .2 of a second behind Italy’s Raffaello Ivaldi, so ruling out the Irishman taking the top place amongst those countries who had not qualified for the Olympics.
Ander Elosegi of Spain qualified that country for the Olympic Games. He finished sixth in 104.18 – the first boat from a country not already qualified. Elosegi qualified for the final and should Jegou have also qualified, the two would have had to shoot it out on Sunday.
Canoe Slalom European Championships, Liptovsky (Irish interest, selected results) – Day Two
C1 – Semi-Finals: 1 Germany (S Tasiadis) 99.79; 19 Ireland (L Jegou) 111.02 seconds (incl 6 sec pen)