Briton Lizzie Neave clinches Euro canoe slalom bronze

Lizzie Neave in action
Neave won a World Championship bronze at the La Seu d'Urgell course

Lizzie Neave won Britain's first medal at the Canoe Slalom European Championships with bronze in the women's kayak final in La Seu d'Urgell.

Neave, who celebrates her 24th birthday on Sunday, produced a strong finish to clock 106.76 seconds in Spain.

Defending champion Jana Dukatova of Slovakia claimed gold, with Germany's Claudia Baer in second.

British pair David Florence and Richard Hounslow just missed out on a medal in the men's canoe doubles.

The duo finished 0.2 seconds outside the top three, but both men are back in action on Sunday in the men's K1 and C1 classes.

Neave, a psychology student at Loughborough University, won a bronze medal when the Catalan venue hosted the World Championships in 2009.

A strong semi-final performance meant she was the final competitor to run the course, but a difficult start effectively ended her hopes of first place.

However, a strong display in the lower half of her run ensured she had done enough to secure the final medal slot.

"My run didn't get off to a very good start and I didn't think I had done enough to medal, but when I crossed the line and saw I was third I was really happy," said Neave.

Compatriot Laura Blakeman finished seventh in a time of 110.09secs.

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