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Irish Canoeing C1 Mens Team Win European Silver Medal

20th September 2020
The three-man team of Liam Jegou, Jake Cochrane and Robert Hendrick put together a very solid run The three-man team of Liam Jegou, Jake Cochrane and Robert Hendrick put together a very solid run

The Irish canoeing C1 men's team today took a silver medal in the team race, behind the Slovenian team, the newly crowned European Champions.

The three-man team of Liam Jegou, Jake Cochrane and Robert Hendrick put together a very solid run to take Ireland's first team medal in a long time, doing so on what was a very difficult course. Having been the second team off in the race the three Irish athletes had a nervous wait, watching teams including World, European and Olympic Champions fall victim to the difficulty of the course in Prague, and only being beaten to the gold by a strong Slovenian team featuring the newly crowned individual European Champion, Benjamin Savsek.

The three-man team of Liam Jegou, Jake Cochrane and Robert Hendrick put together a very solid run to take Irelands first team medal in a long time, doing so on what was a very difficult courseThe three-man team of Liam Jegou, Jake Cochrane and Robert Hendrick put together a very solid run to take Irelands first team medal in a long time, doing so on what was a very difficult course

This result came off the back of further strong performances from Jake Cochrane and Liam Jegou, Ireland's Olympian for the 2021 Tokyo Games, who finished 12th and 15th respectively in the individual C1M race earlier in the day. The third boat in the team Robert Hendrick had a disappointing race but was no doubt buoyed up by the team's medal success.

Elsewhere in the competition, the Irish K1M had great performances, with Noel Hendrick finishing 21st in the semi-final, and Eoin Teague finishing in 36.th

This silver medal performance comes during what is a resurgence in the sport of canoe slalom in Ireland, with medals again being won and athletes qualifying for the upcoming Olympic Games after a brief drought.

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