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Liffey Descent celebrated 60 years

Liffey Descent celebrated 60 years 20.9.2019

The Liffey Descent celebrated 60th edition this year and it was a big win for youngsters - Irish kayaker Ronan Foley (19 years) and Danish representative Nikolai Thomsen (18 years) who set the fastest time of the race. More than 472 boats took part in the sporting event. The descent is 32 kilometres long and includes 10 weirs and a portage on the journey from Straffan to the Garda Boat Club in Islandbridge.

Young duo won in open K2 category with a time of one hour, 46 minutes and 40 seconds. Neil Fleming and Barry Watkins finished the competition in second place and Sebastian Fergauven and Sebastian Jocano from Argentina were third.
In mixed K2 event Jenny Egan and her fiancé Jonathan Simmons won the race, being fifth overall. And this was not the end of celebration for Egan family as Peter Egan won in men’s K1 event.
Besides the paddlers who are big names in international canoeing there were other pariticipants worth mentioning who took part in the jubilee edition of the descent. Malcom Banks won in over 49 K1 event, finishing seventh overall, at his 44th consecutive Liffey Descent. But it was Iain Maclean who beat all the participants, taking part in the descent for the 52nd time.


Photo: Nancy Geary Facebook page



Source: https://www.irishtimes.com/sport/other-sports/teen-duo-foley-and-thomsen-take-thrilling-liffey-descent-1.4018507