New per­sonal bests for Me­gan at Eu­ros

Cynon Valley - - SPORT -

was the same is the vast ma­jor­ity of semi-fi­nal­ists and fi­nal­ists in the World Cham­pi­onships were from Euro­pean na­tions so the Euro­pean Cham­pi­onships pit­ted Me­gan against the best in the world again.

Me­gan made a great start qual­i­fy­ing straight through in the first heat to the semi-finals.

Then even bet­ter she won the semi-fi­nal to qual­ify the fastest of the 10 pad­dlers that went through to the finals.

In the fi­nal Me­gan main­tained her fast pace but picked up a two-sec­ond penalty for touch­ing one of the ob­sta­cle gates and she fin­ished the com­pe­ti­tion in sixth place – a per­sonal best.

Last weeek­end Me­gan com­peted in only her sec­ond Se­nior World Cup race in Ivrea, Italy against the world’s best se­nior pad­dlers that in­cluded Olympic medal­ists.

After five days train­ing on the river, a storm in the alpine moun­tains above the river the night be­fore the com­pe­ti­tion made the chal­lenge of ne­go­ti­at­ing the waves, drops and stop­per waves on the course more chal­leng­ing. In the first heat the fastest 20 pad­dlers of the 53 ath­letes would go through to the semi­fi­nals.

Me­gan was placed 27th so had to go into a sec­ond heat where only a fur­ther 10 pad­dlers of the re­main­ing 33 would joint the oth­ers in the semi-fi­nal.

Me­gan pro­duced an ex­cel­lent run and fin­ished the heat in eighth place there­fore pro­gress­ing through to her first se­nior semi-fi­nal.

In the semi-fi­nal a mis­take from Me­gan re­sulted in her miss­ing a gate and pick­ing up a 50-sec­ond penalty which kept her low down in the stand­ings fin­ish­ing in 27th place. How­ever, this was an­other per­sonal best and gives con­fi­dence for fu­ture com­pe­ti­tions at se­nior level.

Me­gan has now re­turned to com­pete in the fi­nal few races of the do­mes­tic sea­son with her Welsh Ju­nior, U23 and Se­nior ti­tles to de­fend in Bala. Plus in Oc­to­ber she moves to live and train full time at Lon­don Lee Val­ley White Wa­ter Cen­tre with Bri­tish Ca­noe­ing coaches.

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