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Bronze for Broughton on day 4 of Sprint and Paracanoe World Championships

Lizzie Broughton finished the 2021 ICF Sprint and Paracanoe World Championships with a flourish as she added a hard-fought bronze to the silver she won on Saturday.

The Richmond paddler had taken silver in the K1 1000m and was going in the K1 5000m, the event in which she won the world title in Portugal back in 2018.

Broughton paced her race to perfection, finishing strongly to edge out Sweden’s Linnea Stensils by just 0.21 seconds to take the bronze, with Hungary’s Emese Kohalmi winning gold ahead of Jennifer Egan of Ireland.

And she admitted that after sitting well back early in the race, there was some relief at being able to fight her way back into medal contention.

Broughton said: “It’s unexpected, given where I was after the first lap. I just knew that I needed to keep calm and wait for the opportunity to move up.  

“I’m super happy to be able to get back up to the front and get the medal at the end.

“I just want to thank Richmond Canoe Club and the group that I train with, who have helped me to turn up day in and day out to support me to get the most out of my training.” 

In the men’s equivalent Dan Johnson put in a strong showing to finish eighth, 46.37 seconds behind Hungary’s Balint Noe who took gold. 

And his Chelmsford teammate Beth Gill came 11th in the C1 5000m in the first of the afternoon races.

In the morning session, Katie Reid was the sole British athlete in A final action, finishing eighth in the C1 200m. 

After her efforts in Tokyo at the Olympics, the Forth sprint athlete has enjoyed a fine Championships with two A finals and feels there is still more to come. 

She said: “It was a good race... we've made some technical changes since Tokyo and put a lot of hard work in this year so it's nice to see it all pay off.

“The whole team have done amazing, there's a really good vibe in camp, it's really exciting for the future.

“I'm getting closer to the front of the race. I feel like I have some momentum so with a good rest and then a really good winter under my belt, hopefully I'll be closer to the medals.”

There were a further five athletes in B finals, including Johnson who came third in the K1 500m, a result matched by Tokyo Olympian Deborah Kerr (Strathclyde) in the women’s equivalent. 

Reading’s Daniel Atkins and Trevor Thomson of Ealing finished sixth in the K2 500m while Leaside’s Noah Dembele was fifth in the K1 200m.

The end of the World Championships saw the Great Britain team win 12 medals overall, with the paracanoe team topping their medal table with five gold and five silver medals, and Lizzie Broughton's silver and bronze medals for sprint.