This article was originally published on the Canoe Kayak Canada website.
De Jonge, Russell and Beauchesne-Sévigny Win World Cup Medals In Olympic Events
The Canadian sprint CanoeKayak team wrapped the first ICF Canoe Sprint World Cup today by winning seven more medals. With two golds from yesterday the team’s total medal count in Montemor-O-Velho, Portugal is now nine. Canada topped the medal count for the regatta.
Mark de Jonge of Halifax, NS won a silver in the Men’s K1 200. de Jonge is an Olympic bronze medalist and the reining World Champion in the event.
Ben Russell (Dartmouth, NS) and Gabriel Beauchesne-Sévigny (Trois-Rivières, QC) made the podium in an Olympic event with a bronze in the Men’s C2 1000. Gabriel Beauchesne-Sévigny also raced the long distance Men’s C1 5000 and finished fourth.
Canada placed first and second in the Women’s C1 200. Laurence Vincent-Lapointe of Trois-Rivières, QC took the gold while Katie Vincent of Mississauga, ON took silver.
Mark Oldershaw of Burlington, ON won the Men’s C1 500 to make for a double gold weekend including his win in the 1000 metre Olympic distance yesterday. Adam van Koeverden of Oakville, ON was back on the World Cup podium with a silver medal in the Men’s K1 500.
Maxim Poulin (Lac Beauport, QC) and Aaron Rublee (Kamloops, BC) won a silver in the Men’s C2 200.
Michelle Russell of Waverley, NS finished fifth in the Women’s K1 200 to post one of her top international results to date. Russell won the U23 World Championships in the same event in 2013. The Women’s K1 200 is an Olympic event.
The Men’s K4 crew of Philippe Duchesneau (Sherbrooke, QC), Pierre-Luc Poulin (Lac Beauport, QC), Brady Reardon (Burlington, ON) and Brian Malfesi (Maple Ridge, BC) placed seventh in the 1000 metre Olympic distance and eighth in the 200 metre.
Chris Mehak of Toronto, ON was fifth in the Men’s K1 500. In the long distance races, Émilie Fournel (Montréal, QC) finished seventh in the Women’s K1 5000. Craig Spence (Dartmouth, NS) was ninth in Men’s C1 5000 and Brian Malfesi (Maple Ridge, BC) was ninth in the Men’s K1 5000. A full compilation of results is shown in the table below.
The Canadian team will continue on to Duisburg, Germany to race the second World Cup next weekend followed by the third and final World Cup in Copenhagen, Denmark at the end of May.