Jezierski competes for Ireland

May 16, 2012

Andrej Jezierski, a former world champion will compete for Ireland at the canoe sprint Olympic Qualifier today and tomorrow.

Andrej Jezierski, who lives in Ballincollig in Co Cork, won five medals at the World Championships in canoe sprint events for Poland, including two golds in the C4 1,000 metres.

He will compete in the Olympic qualifier, which takes place in Poznan in Poland.

Jezierski has been training at the National Rowing Centre in Farran Wood, Co Cork, and is actually a member of Lee Valley rowing club, which is based at the top-class facility.

 He is settled in Cork with his family, and recently gained an Ireland passport and declared in recent weeks to compete for Ireland.

Jezierski  faces strong opposition, especially from Germany, France, Slovakia and Hungary. There are qualification places for boats from two countries.

Jenny Egan competes in the K1 500m and 200m. The Salmon Leap athlete found the going tough in the Olympic class at last year’s World Championships, but has put in a block of training in the United States.

Neil Fleming will compete in the men’s K1 1,000 metres.

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