Broughton secures silver on Canoe Sprint World Cup debut

Lizzie Broughton admits her first international sprint regatta could hardly have gone better after securing a silver medal at the ICF Canoe Sprint World Cup event in Portugal.

The 29-year-old is an experienced GB marathon team racer but was competing in the women’s K1 1000m in Montemor-o-Velho on Saturday.

And she looked like a natural as she crossed the line in a time of 3:59.014 minutes to take second place behind Dora Bodonyi of Hungary, with Miriam Vega of Spain in third.

It was Great Britain’s first medal of the regatta and Broughton claims she enjoyed the experience, already planning to race more K1 1000m events in the future.

“I was happy to get out there and put a good race together,” said Broughton.

“I’m always a bit slow off the start so I knew I had to stick at my own thing but I knew in the middle it would all settle down.

“I’ve never raced a sprint international, so I didn’t really know what to expect but I’m really pleased with silver today and I’d like to do more 1000s.”

In the men’s K2 1000m, Matthew Bowley and Daniel Johnson finished fifth in the A final, having sat in third for a large part of the race before falling away.

In the men’s K1 1000m A final, Jon Boyton came fifth with Zyggy Chmiel sixth, Rebeka Simon took seventh in the women’s K1 500m final and Joseph Beevers and Matthew Robinson also came seventh in the men’s K2 1000m. Photo credit: Rebii Simon Twitter (@itsrebii) Sportsbeat 2017