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MONTEMOR-O-VELHO, PORTUGAL – Mark Oldershaw and Adam van Koeverden both won their heats today and advanced directly to finals to open the first ICF Canoe Sprint World Cup of the season in Montemor-o-Velho, Portugal.
Oldershaw of Burlington, ON posted the fastest time in the heats of the Men’s C1 1000 – the event in which he won bronze at the London 2012 Olympic Games. He will race the final tomorrow as well as the heat of the Men’s C1 500.
van Koeverden of Oakville won his heat in the Men’s K1 1000. van Koeverden is a four-time Olympic medalist and holds a silver in the K1 1000 from London 2012 and a bronze from 2004. He will race the K1 1000 final tomorrow as well as the K1 500 heat.
Four Canadian boats made it through to B-finals. The first World Cup medals of the 2015 season will be handed out tomorrow and Canadian athletes also have selection to the Pan American Games and World Championships teams on the line. Races continue through to Sunday and there are two more consecutive World Cup weekends ahead.
Summary of Results
|Mark Oldershaw (Burlington, ON)||Men’s C1 1000||1st in heatAdvanced to A-final|
|Adam van Koeverden (Oakville, ON)||Men’s K1 1000||1st in heatAdvanced to A-final|
|Michelle Russell (Waverley, NS)||Women’s K1 500||4th in semiAdvanced to B-final|
|Émilie Fournel (Montréal, QC)||Women’s K1 500||7th in semiAdvanced to B-final|
|Geneviève Beauchesne-Sévigny (Trois-Rivières, QC),Kathleen (KC) Fraser (Toronto, ON),||Women’s K2 500||4th in semiAdvanced to B-final|
|Genevieve Orton (Lake Echo, NS), Hannah Vaughan (Dartmouth, NS)||Women’s K2 500||7th in semiAdvanced to B-final|
|Maxim Poulin (Lac Beauport, QC)||Men’s C1 200||4th in semi(no B-final)|
|Aaron Rublee (Kamloops, BC)||Men’s C1 200||7th in semi(no B-final)|
|Rob Clarke (Toronto, ON) & Andrew Jessop (Halifax, NS)||Men’s K2 1000||5th in semi(no B-final)|
|Christopher Mehak (Toronto, ON)||Men’s K1 1000||8th in heat|
Photos will be available Saturday and Sunday.
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