GB Top European Para Canoe Championship Table As Wiggs Seals Double Gold

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Words by Colette Carr

Paralympian Emma Wiggs lead the way in Belgrade as her double European gold helped GB top the table with an impressive eight medals in the European Para Canoe Championships.

The Brits left Serbia with four golds, three silvers and a bronze, with Wiggs claiming her fifth European title and seventh medal.

Britain opened up their lead on the first day picking up four medals with Wiggs securing her first of the weekend, taking gold in the women’s VL2 with a time of 57.903 seconds – a massive seven seconds faster than last year’s victor.

In the same event, Wiggs’ countrywoman Jeanette Chippington finished second, while David Phillipson and Jack Eyers sealed gold and bronze respectively in the men’s VL3.

The Sunday brought more joy as Wiggs was joined on the KL2 podium by second-placed Charlotte Henshaw. Chippington improved on her opening day silver with some thanks to Ukraine’s Maryna Mazhula, whose illegal boat adaptations seen her finish upgraded to a gold in the KL1.

Nick Beighton rounded off the weekend with a silver in the men’s KL2 behind Markus Swoboda of Austria, who was just four tenths of a second quicker in the nail-biting event.