Oldershaw leads off with World Cup bronze

May
3
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Posted By: Canoe Kayak Canada
Mark Oldershaw (photo: Balint Vekassy)

Mark Oldershaw (photo: Balint Vekassy)

 

 

New Broadcast times: ICF Canoe Sprint World Cup 1 will be broadcast on Sportsnet One on Saturday at 2:00 p.m. EST and Sunday at 8 p.m. EST. See broadcast schedule for details. Sportsnet is the official Broadcast partner of CanoeKayak Canada. 

MILAN, ITALY – Olympic bronze medalist, Mark Oldershaw of Burlington, ON has kicked off his 2014 international competition season by winning a bronze medal in C1 1000 at the first ICF Canoe Sprint World Cup in Milan, Italy. Two thirds of today’s podium matched that of London 2012 with Germany’s Sebastian Brendal taking gold and Oldershaw claiming bronze.

Adam van Koeverden (photo: Balint Vekassy)

Adam van Koeverden (photo: Balint Vekassy)

“I feel really good. It was the first race of the season, I’m just kind of testing out the legs and seeing what I’ve got and I was happy with my race,” said Oldershaw who will also compete at World Cups 2 and 3 later this month where

he will be joined by the full 27-athlete Canadian team. “I love racing World Cups, I love racing the best in the World and the World Cups are the place to do that.”

Oldershaw also raced the C1 200 to train his speed and got through to the A-final with a third place result in the semi.

Adam van Koeverden of Oakville, ON finished fourth in the K1 1000. The four-time Olympic medalist is back to racing K1 1000 internationally after some recovery time to focus on K2 last season. Today’s final was won by Germany’s Max Hoff.

Ben Russell & Gabriel Beauchesne-Sévigny (photo: Balint Vekassy)

Ben Russell & Gabriel Beauchesne-Sévigny (photo: Balint Vekassy)

In C2 1000, Ben Russell of Dartmouth, NS and Gabriel Beauchesne-Sevigny of Trois-Rivières, QC placed fifth and were just 2.66 seconds off the winner in a tight final. Russell and Beauchesne-Sevigny won a World Cup gold medal last season and also placed fourth at the 2013 World Championships.

Émilie Fournel of Lachine, QC placed second in the B-final of the K1 500 to rank eleventh overall.

Hugues Fournel of Lachine, QC and Étienne Morneau of Québec City broke in the 2014 international racing season by placing third in their K2 200 metre semi-final to successfully qualify for tomorrow’s final.

In non-Olympic events, Adam van Koeverden will race the K1 500 and K1 5000 tomorrow. Mark Oldershaw will race the C1 500 and the C1 5000. Gabriel Beauchesne-Sevigny was a World Cup gold medalist in the C1 5000 last

Émilie Fournel (photo: Balint Vekassy)

Émilie Fournel (photo: Balint Vekassy)

year and will join Oldershaw on tomorrow’s start line. Émilie Fournel will also race in the 5000 metre events in K1.

Summary of Results

Athlete(s) Event Rank
Mark Oldershaw (Burlington, ON) Men’s C1 1000 3rd (3:54.87)Bronze medal
Ben Russell (Dartmouth, NS) & Gabriel Beauchesne-Sevigny (Trois-Rivières, QC) Men’s C2 1000 5th (3:38.29)
Adam van Koeverden (Oakville, ON) Men’s K1 1000 4th (3:32.79)
Émilie Fournel (Lachine, QC) Women’s K1 500 11th (1:55.34)
Hugues Fournel (Lachine, QC) & Étienne Morneau (Québec, QC) Men’s K2 200 3rd in semi (32.56)Advanced to A-final
Mark Oldershaw (Burlington, ON) Men’s C1 500 3rd in semi (41.37)Advanced to A-final

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