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fleming top dog at lake

MARATHON CANOEING: Neil Fleming of Celbridge Paddlers continued his recent winning streak when he won both the men's K1 and, with Peter Egan, the men's K2 titles at the Irish Championships on Leixlip Lake.

Last month, Fleming produced the best performance of his career so far when he finished second at the Marathon World Cup in Denmark and he was the dominant paddler at the weekend.

In the K1 race, he beat his doubles partner Peter Egan of Salmon Leap, with English visitor John Simmons in third place. A day later, over the same 16km course, he paired up with Egan to win the K2 title in style.

Behind them came Simmons and many times K1 champion Gary Mawer, with Pedro Lopez and Dermot Hudson in third place and the pairing of Malcolm Banks and Liam McCarthy best of the masters.

Jenny Egan, who only narrowly missed out on London 2012 qualification, was out on her own in the women's K1, although Kate McCarthy of Salmon Leap, is clearly one for the future.

Brothers Tony and Paul Forrestal from Thomastown Paddlers won the U23 K2 title, Sean McCarthy and Barra ó Casaide were best under 18, while Mark Slattery and Brian O'Neill won the under 15 title.

SLALOM CANOEING: With Eoin Rheinisch off to Olympics, the hunt is already on for his successor. One to watch is 16-year-old Liam Jegou, who just missed out on a medal in the C1 class at the World Junior Championships in Wausau, USA.

After qualifying easily from the heats and semi-finals, Jegou finished 4.5 seconds and had to settle for fourth place when he picked up two penalty points for hitting a gate.

France-based Jegou spent the first seven years of his life in his mother's native Galway. Last year he took a bronze medal at the European Teen Cup World Series and, after winning French title a few weeks ago, hopes to do better when he returns to the Teen Cup Series next month.

Another promising performance at the World Junior Championships came from Aisling Conlan who made the U23 women's C1 finals, but missed a gate and finished ninth.

TRIATHLON: Aileen Morrison fine-tunes her preparations for London 2012 when she competes in tomorrow's Hamburg Traithlon in Germany. With Great Britain's Helen Jenkins and Switzerland's Nicola Spirig not competing, Morrison could snatch a win in her final race before London. In total, 25 of the women who have qualified for London will be in action.

SWIMMING: Steve Redmond from Ballydehob, Co Cork, is back in Ireland after becoming the first person to complete the Oceans7 Challenge -- a grand slam of he world's toughest endurance swims.

Redmond began his journey three years ago when he swam the English Channel and then the North Channel between Scotland and Northern Ireland -- a cold water swim only 12 swimmers have ever completed.

Next was the comparatively easy Gibraltar Strait between Spain and Morocco before last year he swam the Catalina Channel off California and then the Molokai Channel in Hawaii -- after two attempts. He had warmed up for that effort by becoming the first person ever to swim around the Fastnet Rock -- 26 miles from Baltimore to Schull.

That left the Cook Strait between the north and south islands of New Zealand, and the Tsugaru Strait in Japan -- a daunting 20km swim that took him 14:24 to complete.

RUGBY LEAGUE: Ashbourne Stags host rugby league's finals next Saturday after a last gasp win over Portarlington Wolverines in the semi-finals. They face Athboy Longhorns , who had an easy win over Clondalkin Crusaders. The winner will book a place in the Rugby League Ireland semi-finals, where they will face the Ballynahinch Rabbitohs winners of a fourth Ulster title last week.

ORIENTEERING: Conor Short of CNOC finished 25th in the men's middle distance final at the Junior World Championships in Slovakia.