Irish paddler wins silver medal at Youth Olympics
YOUNG Kildare paddler Robert Hendrick has won a silver medal at the Nanjing Youth Olympics in China.
The Donadea teenager, a member of Meath club Ribbontail Paddlers, was competing in the final of the head-to-head canoe slalom/obstacle event where he was just pipped for gold by France's Lucas Roisin by 0.8 of a second.
"It's a dream come true," said the 16-year-old who is coached by three-time Irish Olympian Eoin Rheinisch and has made great progress in the past year.
His medal comes after the silver won by Liam Jegou at the junior world championships this year and marks a very successful year for Ireland's youth canoeists.
Unlike Olympic slalom the head-to-head obstacle/slalom event involves two athletes racing each other simultaneously down a 120m distance on two parallel and similar courses.