Mark de Jonge is golden at World Championships

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Laurence Vincent-Lapointe defends Women’s Canoe gold

Broadcast note: The 2014 ICF Canoe Sprint World Championships finals will be broadcast on Sportsnet One on Sunday at 3:30 p.m. See broadcast schedule for details.

MOSCOW, RUSSIA – Bronze in London, silver last year and now Mark de Jonge is on top of the world, winning gold in the Men’s K1 200 metre at the 2014 ICF Canoe Sprint World Championships in Moscow, Russia.

Mark de Jonge (photo: Balint Vekassy)

Mark de Jonge (photo: Balint Vekassy)

“I was so happy today crossing the finish line and realizing I had won gold,” said de Jonge. “My entire year has been geared toward the world championships and a lot of thought, hard work and focus on the finest details went into my preparation. It was really rewarding to have everything pay off. I’ve thought about this day for years and the joy and satisfaction of winning is as good as I could have ever imagined.”

Making it even more special is officially breaking the fastest World time the International Canoe Federation has on record for the event. Today he clocked 33.961 to trump the 1992 record of 33.980 set by Olivier Lasak of France. He went slightly faster yesterday in the semi but only times in the final count towards the record books.

Ben Russell of Dartmouth, NS and Gabriel Beauchesne-Sévigny of Trois-Rivières, QC left it all on the water and finished fourth in the Men’s C2 1000. The crew was within half a second of making the podium and the tight fourth place finish matches their result from last year.

Mark de Jonge (photo: Balint Vekassy)

Mark de Jonge (photo: Balint Vekassy)

Laurence Vincent-Lapointe of Trois-Rivières, QC won another gold medal in the Women’s C1 200 to make her an eight-time World Champion. In the Women’s C2 500, she and Sarah-Jane Caumartin of Otterburn, QC finished just off the podium in fourth place.

Adam van Koeverden of Oakville, ON had a solid fifth place performance in the Men’s K1 500. He placed seventh in the K1 1000 Olympic distance yesterday.

“What is so encouraging is that so many athletes are demonstrating they are at the elite level,” said Scott Logan, CanoeKayak Canada’s High Performance Director. “Mark and Laurence have set the bar for the team and with continued progress I’m confident other athletes can reach the podium as well.”

Ottawa’s Ben Tardioli finished ninth in the final of Men’s C1 200 at his first World Championships. In other Olympic events, Richard Dober Jr. (Trois-Rivières, QC) and Hugues Fournel (Lachine, QC) finished eleventh overall with a second place result in the B-final of the Men’s K2 200. In Women’s kayak, Michelle Russell of Waverley, NS was thirteen in the K1 200 while Émilie Fournel of Lachine, QC was fourteenth in K1 500. In Women’s K2 500, KC Fraser of Toronto and Michelle Russell ranked thirteenth. The Men’s K4 1000 crew of Rob Clarke (Toronto), Philippe Duchesneau (Sherbrooke, QC), Andrew Jessop (Halifax, NS) and Brady Reardon (Burlington, ON) finished fifteenth.

Laurence Vincent-Lapointe (photo: Balint Vekassy)

Laurence Vincent-Lapointe (photo: Balint Vekassy)

In non-Olympic events, Jason McCoombs (Dartmouth, NS) and Aaron Rublee (Kamloops, BC) were fifth in the Men’s C2 200 final. McCoombs also finished fifteen in the C1 500 which is not his usual event.

Genevieve Orton (Lake Echo, NS) and Una Lounder (Dartmouth, NS) won their B-final of the Women’s K2 200 to place tenth overall. In 200 metre relays, the Men’s Kayak team finshed seventh and the Men’s Canoe team finished eighth.

This closes out the World Championships in Moscow. The Canadian team will return home to race with their clubs at the Canadian Sprint CanoeKayak Championships in Regina, SK from August 19 to 23.

Summary of Results – Sunday

Athlete Event Result
Mark de Jonge (Halifax, NS) Men’s K1 200 1st in final (33.961)Gold medal
Laurence Vincent-Lapointe (Trois-Rivières, QC) Women’s C1 200 1st in final (46.419)Gold medal
Ben Russell (Dartmouth, NS) & Gabriel Beauchesne-Sévigny (Trois-Rivières, QC) Men’s C2 1000 4th in final (3:30.93)
Laurence Vincent-Lapointe (Trois-Rivières, QC) & Sarah-Jane Caumartin (Otterburn, QC) Women’s C2 500 4th in final (2:09.29)
Ben Tardioli (Ottawa, ON) Men’s C1 200 9th in final (39.604)
Richard Dober Jr. (Trois-Rivières, QC) & Hugues Fournel (Lachine, QC) Men’s K2 200 11th overall (31.344)
Michelle Russell (Waverley, NS) Women’s K1 200 13th overall (40.464)
KC Fraser (Toronto, ON),Michelle Russell (Waverley, NS)   Women’s K2 500 13th overall (1:45.57)
Émilie Fournel (Lachine, QC) Women’s K1 500 14th overall (1:56.40)
Adam van Koeverden (Oakville, ON) Men’s K1 500 5th in final (1:40.74)
Jason McCoombs (Dartmouth, NS) & Aaron Rublee (Kamloops, BC) Men’s C2 200 6th in final (36.782)
Genevieve Orton (Lake Echo, NS)Una Lounder (Dartmouth, NS) Women’s K2 200 10th overall (37.750)
Jason McCoombs (Dartmouth, NS) Men’s C1 500  15th overall (1:53.22)
Rob Clarke (Toronto), Philippe Duchesneau (Sherbrooke, QC), Andrew Jessop (Halifax) & Brady Reardon (Burlington, ON) Men’s K4 1000 15th overall (2:57.67)
Mark de Jonge (Halifax, NS),Richard Dober Jr. (Trois-Rivières, QC), Brady Reardon (Burlington, ON) & Hugues Fournel (Lachine, QC) Men’s K1 200 x4 relay 7th in final (2:27.75)
Ben Tardioli (Ottawa, ON),Mark Oldershaw (Burlington, ON), Jason McCoombs (Dartmouth, NS) & Aaron Rublee (Kamloops, BC) Men’s C1 200 x4 relay 8th in final (2:59.08)

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