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Gold for Ireland's Foley at Canoe Marathon European Championships

5th July 2018
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Golden Moment: Ronan Foley crosses the finish line in Croatia Golden Moment: Ronan Foley crosses the finish line in Croatia

#Canoeing: Ireland’s Ronan Foley won the European junior championships in the canoe marathon K1 today. He raced remarkably well and was completely in charge at the end of an interesting 22.6 kilometre race in Metkovic in Croatia.

 Three paddlers – Foley of Ireland, Thorbjorn Rask of Denmark and Vince Petro of Hungary – broke away on the second of six laps. They stayed together until the final lap, when Foley used the final portage to secure gold. He sprinted away from the other two and when he got back in the water he extended the advantage.

 Matt McCartney of Celbridge Paddlers finished 13th.

Canoe Marathon European Championships, Metkovic, Croatia

Men, K1, Junior: 1 Ireland (R Foley) 1 hr 41 min 2.63 sec; 13 McCartney at 7 min 16.5 sec.

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