This article was originally published on the Canoe Kayak Canada website.
The Canadian Sprint CanoeKayak Team won four medals today at the second ICF Canoe Sprint World Cup in Duisburg, Germany. This World Cup is expected to be the best attended and most competitive of the three World Cups on this year’s tour.
Mark Oldershaw of Burlington, ON won a bronze medal in the Men’s C1 1000 metre which is particularly significant as it is an Olympic event. Oldershaw, an Olympic bronze medalist from 2012, adds to a gold medal in the C1 1000 from last week in Portugal. He also advanced through the semi-final of the C1 500 in which he also won gold last week.
Ryan Cochrane (Windsor, NS) and Hugues Fournel (Montréal, QC) posted a solid sixth place result in a blistering fast Men’s K2 200 metre final and were less than a second from the winner. The crew raced together at the London 2012 Olympic Games and finished seventh. Several different crew combinations are being tested in the K2 200. Canada’s second crew of Marc-Alexandre Gagnon (Trois-Rivières, QC) and Étienne Morneau (Québec, QC) finished twelfth overall with a third place finish in the B-final.
Michelle Russell of Waverley, NS had a strong race and finished seventh in a competitive field in the Women’s K1 500. She also raced the K1 200 semi-final and finished fourth – one spot away from moving on to the A-final but will instead race the B-final tomorrow. She has made one A-final in each of the distances so far this tour to demonstrate her potential in both events.
Jason McCoombs of Dartmouth, NS finished seventh in the Men’s C1 200. He was Canada’s top boat in the event with Ben Tardioli of Ottawa, ON finishing twelfth overall with a third place finish in the B-final. With McCoombs holding the first win from National Team Trials 1 at the start of May, his result today will in all likelihood secure him the spot for the Pan American Games and World Championships Teams.
Canada picked up two medals in women’s canoe events. Laurence Vincent-Lapointe (Trois-Rivières, QC) and Katie Vincent (Mississauga, ON) won gold in the Women’s C2 200. Katie Vincent also won a bronze as Canada’s only entry in the Women’s C1 500. Both athletes will race the Women’s C1 200 final tomorrow.
In Paracanoe events, Christine Gauthier of Pointe-Claire, QC won the Women’s KL2 200m. This is the first World competition to be held with the new classification system. A new system has been implemented in the lead-up to the 2016 Paralympic Games where Paracanoe will make its debut.
Adam van Koeverden of Oakville, ON won his B-final to finish tenth in the Men’s K1 1000. van Koeverden is a four-time Olympic medalist and won a silver in the K1 1000 in London 2012. He also finished second in his semi-final of the Men’s K1 500 semi-final to advance to tomorrow’s final.
Mark de Jonge of Halifax, NS won his semi-final in the Men’s K1 200 to qualify for tomorrow’s final. de Jonge is the reining World Champion and Olympic bronze medalist. He won silver in last week’s World Cup and will try to step it up another notch tomorrow. Alex Scott, a nineteen year old up-and-comer of Bedford, NS, finished fifth in his semi-final in the Men’s K1 200 and will race the C-final tomorrow.
Ben Russell (Dartmouth, NS) and Gabriel Beauchesne-Sévigny (Trois-Rivières, QC) came second in their semi-final of the Men’s C2 1000 to advance to the A-final. Canada’s second crew of Paul Bryant (Richmond Hill, ON) and Craig Spence (Dartmouth, NS) finished sixth in their semi to make the B-final.
Also advancing to an A-final in an Olympic event was the Women’s K4 500 crew of Geneviève Beauchesne-Sévigny (Trois-Rivières, QC), Émilie Fournel (Montréal, QC), Kathleen (KC) Fraser (Toronto, ON), and Hannah Vaughan (Dartmouth, NS). They finished third in their heat and will race the final tomorrow.
A full compilation of Canadian results is shown below. World Cup 2 wraps up on Sunday. There is one more World Cup ahead next weekend.