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European bronze for Ballyvaughan’s Liam Jegou

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Ballyvaughan’s Liam Jegou won Ireland’s first medal at the U23 World Canoe Slalom Championships on Friday.

Based in France, Liam lives and trains in Pau but is originally from North Clare. He won bronze in the men’s C1 at Krakow, Poland bringing home the country’s first medal of the championships following a very assured performance.

Jegou produced the finest run of his career, attacking the course from the start before a tip at the 14th of 20 gates cost him two penalty seconds. His time of 89.97 seconds was the fastest of the day before those two seconds brought his total up to 91.97.

Earlier on Friday morning Jegou had finished fourth fastest of 20 starters in the semi-finals with a time of 93.79. The top ten went through to the final.

He is no longer eligible for the U23 championships and will now be targetting a spot at next year’s Olympics in Tokyo.

Páraic McMahon is Head of News & Sport with The Clare Echo. The Newmarket-on-Fergus native also writes for national papers including The Irish Examiner, The Irish Independent and The Irish Times along with doing work for RTÉ, Today FM, TheJournal.ie and The42.ie. A graduate of Mary Immaculate College, Páraic was previously employed by The Clare Herald and Clare FM. If you have a story, tip or some feedback for him then send an email to - paraic@clareecho.ie

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