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Top five finishes on last day of Junior and U23 Sprint World Champs

On the final day of the 2021 ICF Junior and U23 Canoe Sprint World Championships in Portugal, there were two top five final finishes recorded by the British team.

In the A final of the K4 Under 23 men’s 500m Charlie Smith (Leighton Buzzard), Dan Atkins (Reading), Trevor Thomson (Ealing) and Philip Miles (Royal Leamington Spa) delivered a strong race, just missing out on the medals, recording a time of 1:27.22.

Speaking after the race Trevor Thomson said:

“We are over the moon with this result. It hasn’t been the smoothest of journeys but we persevered and came together as a team on the day.

“We hope this will be the start of a new K4 era for British canoeing and is the building block to put the GB K4’s back on the map.

“We attribute this success towards the high standards of competition we’ve developed back home at our domestic regattas and hope this edges all of us Brits on to keep pushing each other further, to strive forwards for future success.”

In the penultimate race of the day Emma Russell (Chelmsford) and Noah Dembele (Leaside) were agonisingly close to a medal in the K2 Under 23 Mix 500m event.

The duo were in contention throughout the race, finishing in fourth place, just 0.37 seconds from a podium place.

The other A finalists on the water were Kristina and Alexandra Armstrong (Scottish Performance) who were in eighth place in a competitive K2 Junior Women 500m.

Southampton’s Xavier Hinves was in fourth place in the B final of the K1 Junior Men 500m, with Luke Shaw (Norwich) also taking fourth in the K1 Under 23 Men 500 C final.

After the regatta Team Leader Andrew Penhallurick reflected on the four days of competition and said:

“It has been a brilliant few days of racing. After missing many opportunities to race internationally it was great to be out on the world scene.

“The athletes gave their all, reflected well and came together to support each other as a team to be proud of!

“We are excited with what is to come in the next few years from many individuals in this team. All of it came together smoothly in tough times, due to the hard work from the staff that worked tirelessly to bring this event and team together.”