#Canoeing: Jenny Egan took fourth in the final of the K1 5,000 metres at the European Games in Minsk, Belarus today.
The race was won by local competitor Maryna Litvinchuk, who broke away early, with just Dora Bodonyi of Hungary for company. These two stayed at the head of the field and took gold and silver. Mariana Petrusova of Slovakia closed the gap to them and clung on for bronze.
Egan pushed into the lead in the chasing group and tightened the gap, but she was too far behind the top three to be able to find a podium place.
Ronan Foley finished 16th in his K1 5,000 metres final. The race was won in a sprint finish by Balint Kopasz of Hungary. He took on and beat leader Fernando Pimenta of Portugal just coming up to the line.
European Games, Minsk - Canoe Sprint (Irish interest)
K1 5000 – Final: 16 Ireland (R Foley) 23:16.064
Women – K1 500 B Final (Places 10 to 18): 8 Ireland (J Egan).
K1 200 B Final (Places 10 to 18): 8 Egan.
K1 5000 – Final: 1 Belarus (M Litvinchuk) 24 min 52.258 sec, 2 Hungary (D Bodonyi) 24:53.003, 3 Slovakia (M Petrusova) 24:59.099; 4 Ireland (J Egan) 25:27.936.