DUISBURG, GERMANY (June 3, 2019) – The second International Canoe Federation’s (ICF) Sprint World Cup wrapped up on Sunday in Germany with more outstanding performances from twenty of Canada’s top sprint paddlers.
On Saturday, results from World Cup 1 repeated themselves, as World Champion Laurence Vincent-Lapointe (Trois Rivières, QC) won gold in the C1 200m event followed by her C2 partner Katie Vincent (Mississauga, ON) who earned the silver medal (Video).
Laurence and Katie went on to win the silver medal in the C2 500m event on Sunday, in a nail-biter race against Hungary (Video). The Canadians crossed the line with a time of 1:51.905 behind Hungary’s Virag Balla and Kincso Takacs (1:51.587). Laurence also took home the gold medal in the 5000m long distance event, a full 17 seconds ahead of China.
The mixed events were an exciting addition to the weekend with Katie Vincent and 2012 Olympic bronze medalist Mark Oldershaw (Burloak, ON) teaming up to finish second in the C2 500m event. “I still can’t believe I got to race in Duisburg (and win a medal) with this legend,” exclaimed Vincent. Oldershaw also had an incredible race in C1 500m finishing fourth overall (Video).
Canada had two impressive 8th place finishes from Madeline Schmidt (Rideau, ON) in K1 1000m (Video), and Connor Fitzpatrick (Senobe, NS) and Roland Varga (Richmond Hill, ON) in C2 1000m (Video).
The team will head back to Canada on Monday to continue training and preparing for the World Championships at the end of the summer.
“We are leaving Germany with plenty of learnings from this series of World Cup competitions,” said Canadian National Team Head Coach Anders Gustafsson. “We have a very solid team that performed to expectations and we appreciate how important the next three months of preparation will be for us to achieve further success at World Championships later this summer. The competition was a very good challenge as all nations are sharpening up for the Olympic qualification. We have seen new standards being set and records being challenged. As a team, we are prepared and ready to push beyond what is expected of us.”
World Cup 2 was the second and final World Cup event leading up to the Sprint and Paracanoe World Championships being held in Szeged, Hungary from August 21st – 25th. The Canadian athletes selected to compete in this event will be announced shortly.
For a full list of results for World Cup 2, click here.
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