Patrick O'Leary made history on Friday as he became Ireland's first ever Paracanoe European champion.

Racing in the VL3 final at the Canoe Sprint and Paracanoe European Championships in Poznan, O'Leary got off to a brilliant start, trading the lead with Adrian Mosquera of Spain.

He eventually took the win in a thrilling photo finish, 0.1 seconds ahead of the Spaniard.

O'Leary had finished third in his heat on Thursday to qualify directly through to today's final.

He'll race again on Saturday afternoon in the final of the KL3 200m, where he'll aim to back up today's feat with another medal winning performance.

The victory also gives the Irishman great momentum as he closes in on the looming Paralympic Games, where he will again compete in the VL3 and KL3 events.

Saturday at the Canoe Sprint European Championships sees Barry Watkins go in the B final of the K1 Men 500m and 1000m, with Jenny Egan contesting the K1 Women 200m, 500m, and 5000m later in the weekend.