PLOVDIV, BULGARIA (July 28, 2018) – After winning one more gold medal on the last day of the Canoe Sprint Junior and U23 World Championships in Bulgaria, Canoe Kayak Canada was named best federation in the Women’s Sprint Canoe category.
Julia Lilley Osende of the Mic Mac Aquatic Club in Nova Scotia and partner Sophia Jensen of Cascades Club in Chelsea, Québec won Canada’s fifth gold medal on Sunday morning. The junior crew managed to pass China in the last 100 meters of the race and claimed the World Champions title in the Women’s C2 500m. Canada took gold with a fast time of 1 minute 58,3 seconds, followed closely by the Chinese crew (1:58,9) and Hungary (2:00,1).
“We could feel and see that the Chinese crew was really close in the last part of the race, but we really wanted to get this gold, so we did everything we could and went harder,” said Sophia Jensen right after winning her third World Champion title in Plovdiv.
“It feels really great, I am really happy we came here and showed what we could do. I have been really excited for Sophia all week and I am glad we worked hard together to get that one more gold medal,” added Julia Lilley Osende, Junior World Champion for the first time.
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The U23 Men’s K4 crew of Pierre-Luc Poulin (Lac-Beauport, Québec), Nicholas Matveev (Balmy Beach, Ontario), Marshall Hugues (Cheema, Nova Scotia) and Zane Clarke (Maskwa, Nova Scotia) also showed a great performance on Sunday by placing 6th in an exciting final. The Canadian crew finished in a time of 1 minute 19,6 seconds, a new National Record for the team in this event. Slovakia took the lead just a few seconds ahead, with a time of 1 minute 17,9 seconds.
Saturday’s bronze medallists Nadya Crossman-Serb (Winnipeg, Manitoba) and Hannah MacIntosh (Senobe, Nova Scotia) took part in the U23 Women’s C2 500m where they place 6th with a time of 2:01,9 seconds.
Laurent Lavigne from Trois-Rivières placed 3rd in the Junior Men K1 500m B final, Ottawa’s U23 Women Kayak athlete, Madeline Schmidt, placed 5th in the K1 500m B final and the Junior Women K2 crew of Maren Bradley (Ottawa, Ontario) and Brooklyn Wodehouse (Balmy Beach, Ontario) placed 8th in the 500m B final.
The Canadian Team concludes this Junior and U23 World Championship with a total of 5 gold medals, 1 bronze medal and the International Canoe Federation award of the best women’s canoe federation. More information can be found on the ICF websiteand you can watch all races again on Planet Canoe.
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