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Hill and Rublee win at Canadian CanoeKayak trials in new Olympic distance - May 5th, 2012
Lake Lanier, Georgia – Tight 200 metre races were the trend at the second day of Canadian Sprint Team Trials on Lake Lanier in Georgia. In the Men’s C1 200 metre, three boats crossed the line in a photo finish performance.
“I don’t think I could have done much better,” said Aaron Rublee of Kamloops, BC while waiting for the official result. “I’m hoping it was good enough for the tour but otherwise it was still a good race.”
Rublee’s 41.07 result turned out to be good enough for the World Cup tour and for his first win of two needed for selection to the Canadian Olympic Team. Rublee won the race by 0.051 of a second over Jason McCoombs of Dartmouth, NS. Richard Dalton of Halifax, NS, who qualified the quota spot for Canada last October at the Pan American Games, was third in a time of 41.37.
Rhys Hill of Ottawa, ON took the top spot in Men’s K1 200 metre with a solid time of 35.97 seconds. “I managed to hold on and cross the line in first so it was a success for me,” Rhys Hill said calmly after his race. The Rideau Canoe Club paddler reserved his victory celebrations as he looked to his next events at trials which will determine what events he races at World Cup races. “It’s looking good. We’ll see if I’ll race K1 or maybe K2 (at world cups) depending on how that goes tomorrow but it’s definitely building good confidence.”
Richard Dober Jr. of Lachine, QC was second in the Men’s K1 200 metre, clocking 36.38 seconds and Ryan Cochrane of Windsor, NS was third at 36.44 seconds.
Mark de Jonge, who is injured, did not compete at these trials but is scheduled to return for Olympic selection.
Canada has an Olympic quota spot in the Men’s K1 200 metre that will be selected based on the results of National Team Trials 2 in Montreal from June 22-24. Competition in 200 metre events is particularly high this year as the distance will be included in the Olympic programme for the first time.
Geneviève Beauchesne-Sévigny of Trois Rivières won the Women’s K1 200 metre in a time of 45.18 seconds. It was another close 200 metre race with Oakville’s Kathleen Fraser finish second, only 0.001 of a second behind while Émilie Fournel of Lachine, QC was third - 0.065 of a second off of Beauchesne-Sévigny.
World Champions Laurence Vincent-Lapointe of Trois Rivières, QC and Mallorie Nicholson of Oakville, ON competed in the Women’s C1 200 metre. Vincent-Lapointe won the race in a time of 54.18 seconds and Nicholson was 0.98 behind. The two will compete as teammates tomorrow in C2 500 where they will race for a time to meet international performance standards for consideration to the World Cup team.
Three crews raced off in the Men’s K4 1000 metre. Rob Clarke of Oakville, ON, Philippe Duchesneau of Montreal, QC, Lyall Hatton of Bedford, NS and Andrew Jessop of Halifax won the race in a time of 3:13.07. That time will be assessed against international performance standards to see if the crew will compete at World Cups. Canada’s team for the World Cups will be named on Tuesday.
Sunday is the final day of racing for the Canadian trials. The competition is streamed live online at http://www.livestream.com/lckc?utm_source=lsplayer&utm_medium=ui-play&utm_campaign=click-bait&utm_content=lckc
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