Canada secures ten Olympic and Paralympic quota spots for Tokyo at the 2019 ICF Sprint/Paracanoe World Championships

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SZEGED, HUNGARY (August 26, 2019) – The 2019 ICF Sprint/Paracanoe World Championships wrapped up on Sunday in Szeged, Hungary with Olympic qualification in four events including the women’s C1 200m event, the women’s K4 500m, the men’s K4 500m, and the women’s KL2 200m.

Katie Vincent (Mississauga, ON) finished fifth overall securing a berth for Canada in the C1 200m event while the Men’s K4 500m team of Mark de Jonge (Maskwa, NS), Nicholas Matveev (Balmy Beach, ON), Pierre-Luc Poulin (Lac-Beauport, QC) and Simon McTavish (Mississauga, ON) placed 14th overall locking in 4 more quota spots for Team Canada.

The Women’s K4 500m team of Courtney Stott (Balmy Beach, ON), Lissa Bissonnette (Pointe-Claire, QC), Natalie Davison (Rideau, ON) and Michelle Russell (Cheema, NS) finished 12th overall earning another berth.

Andrea Nelson (Balmy Beach, ON) secured a Paralympic spot on Friday in the KL2 200m with a 5th place finish overall.

“I’m extremely proud of our team at this World Championships. Coming into this event, we wanted to improve and maximize our qualification possibilities for Tokyo,” said CKC Chief Technical Officer Graham Barton. “We qualified one Paralympic quota and nine Olympic quotas, one of our best ever at a World Championships. We also established ourselves as the best in the Americas in seven of the nine remaining events for our next qualification opportunity.”

The next opportunity for qualification will be at the Continental Olympic Qualifier in May 2020.

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To view the ICF Tokyo 2020 Olympic qualification system, click here.