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Team GB win first ever canoeing medals at European Youth Olympic Festival

Canoeing has won its first ever medals at the European Youth Olympic Festival in Hungary on the final day of the regatta, to contribute two bronze to the Team GB medal table.

The best was saved until last for the canoeing squad as two bronze medals on the final afternoon of action capped off an excellent week for the six athletes.

Oxford's Enya Dale led the medal action, coming home in third in her K1 200m final with a time of 44.84, squeezing out Germany’s Vanessa Bülow by four hundredths of a second and winning Britain’s first ever EYOF canoeing medal.

Dale was back in medal contention again just two hours later as she joined Zoe Clark (Royal CC), Alex Greaves (Royal Leamington Spa CC) and Edward Nightingale (Wiltshire Youth CC) in the K4 200m, and the quartet, who had knocked out the strong Hungarian boat in the semi-final, also won bronze in 34.96.

Away from the medals there were personal bests aplenty with Greaves, Nightingale and Dale all setting quickest times in their K1 events while Alix Aitchison leaves Hungary with PBs across the C1 200m and 500m.

“It’s been an unbelievable day and will take a while to sink in,” said Dale.  “Initially I thought I had finished fourth but when Alex came running over to tell me I won bronze I was just so happy. It’s amazing really.

“Standing on the podium was just unreal and it’s so nice to receive something back from all those hours and that hard work, it’s great to know that it really does pay off.”

Many congratulations to athletes and coaches.