Patrick O'Leary battles back spasms but qualifies for canoe semi-finals

Jenny Egan-Simmons also made it into the semi-finals.

File photo of Patrick O'Leary.
File photo of Patrick O'Leary.
Image: Tommy Dickson/INPHO

PATRICK O’LEARY QUALIFIED for the semi-finals of his men’s Va’a Single VL3 200m Heat 1 race today after battling back spasms over the past 24 hours. 

O’Leary finished fifth of six in his heat with a time of 1:03.838, which was 15 seconds behind leader Jack Eyers of Great Britain. 

O’Leary will return for the semi-finals tomorrow.

“Not my best race today at European championships,” he tweeted. “Back spasms after training yesterday meant a conservative race to get to semifinal tomorrow in the hope it eases overnight. We’ll do what we can.”

Earlier today, Jenny Egan-Simmons booked her place in the semi-finals of the Women’s Kayak Single 500m.

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In Heat 2, she clocked a time of 2:01.205 to finish in seventh. 

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