Oldershaw wins gold at first ICF Canoe Sprint World Cup

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Mark Oldershaw (photo: Balint Vekassy/CKC)

Mark Oldershaw
(photo: Balint Vekassy)

MONTEMOR-O-VELHO, PORTUGAL – The Canadian anthem played twice today in Montemor-O-Velho, Portugal as the first medals of the ICF Canoe Sprint World Cup Tour were awarded. Mark Oldershaw of Burlington, ON claimed the very first gold medal of the season by winning the Men’s C1 1000.

“I’m really happy with the first international race of the year,” said Oldershaw. “I knew with the wind it would be a fast race so I tried to stay on the gas the entire way and it is a good confidence boost for the rest of the season.”

Having won Canadian Team Trials two weeks ago, Oldershaw’s result today also lands him his second top Canadian placement needed for selection to teams for Pan American Games and World Championships. Oldershaw also raced the heat of the Men’s C1 500 and finished second which put him straight through to tomorrow’s final. The 1000 metre is the Olympic distance in which Oldershaw won bronze in 2012.

Katie Vincent & Laurence Vincent-Lapointe (photo: Balint Vekassy/CKC)

Katie Vincent & Laurence Vincent-Lapointe
(photo: Balint Vekassy)

Laurence Vincent-Lapointe (Trois-Rivières, QC) and Katie Vincent (Mississauga, ON) captured Canada’s second gold of the day in the Women’s C2 200. Adam van Koeverden of Oakville, ON finished fifth in the Men’s K1 1000. van Koeverden, a four-time Olympic medalist, also won his heat in the Men’s K1 500 to advance directly to tomorrow’s final.

Olympic bronze medalist Mark de Jonge of Halifax, NS won his semi-final in the Men’s K1 200 to advance to tomorrow’s final. Ben Russell (Dartmouth, NS) and Gabriel Beauchesne-Sévigny (Trois-Rivières, QC) won their heat in the Men’s C2 1000 to skip the semi and have advanced directly to tomorrow’s final.

Michelle Russell of Waverley, NS placed second in the B-final of the Women’s K1 500 to rank eleventh overall. Tomorrow she will be racing in the A-final of the Women’s K1 200  after placing third today in her semi. Several other Canadian boats advanced through heats and semis today and a full compilation of results is shown below.

Adam van Koeverden (photo: Balint Vekassy)

Adam van Koeverden
(photo: Balint Vekassy)

Races continue tomorrow and there are two more consecutive World Cup weekends ahead.

Summary of Results

Athlete Event Rank
Mark Oldershaw (Burlington, ON) Men’s C1 1000 1stGold medal
Laurence Vincent-Lapointe (Trois-Rivières, QC),Katie Vincent (Mississauga, ON) Women’s C2 200 1stGold medal
Adam van Koeverden (Oakville, ON) Men’s K1 1000 5th
Michelle Russell (Waverley, NS) Women’s K1 500 11th
Émilie Fournel (Montréal, QC) Women’s K1 500 14th
Genevieve Orton (Lake Echo, NS), Hannah Vaughan (Dartmouth, NS) Women’s K2 500 12th
Geneviève Beauchesne-Sévigny (Trois-Rivières, QC),Kathleen (KC) Fraser (Toronto, ON), Women’s K2 500 14th
 Heats & Semi-finals
Mark de Jonge (Halifax, NS) Men’s K1 200 1st in semiAdvanced to A-final
Ben Russell (Dartmouth, NS), Gabriel Beauchesne-Sévigny (Trois-Rivières, QC) Men’s C2 1000 1st in heatAdvanced to A-final
Adam van Koeverden (Oakville, ON) Men’s K1 500 1st in heatAdvanced to A-final
Mark Oldershaw (Burlington, ON) Men’s C1 500 2nd in heatAdvanced to A-final
Michelle Russell (Waverley, NS) Women’s K1 200 3rd in semiAdvanced to A-final
Genevieve Orton (Lake Echo, NS) Women’s K1 200 6th in semiAdvanced to B-final
Maxim Poulin (Lac Beauport, QC) Men’s C1 500 4th in heatAdvanced to semi
Geneviève Beauchesne-Sévigny (Trois-Rivières, QC), Émilie Fournel (Montréal, QC), Kathleen (KC) Fraser (Toronto, ON), Hannah Vaughan (Dartmouth, NS) Women’s K4 500 5th in heatAdvanced to semi
Paul Bryant (Richmond Hill, ON),Craig Spence (Dartmouth, NS) Men’s C2 1000 6th in heatAdvanced to semi
Philippe Duchesneau (Sherbrooke, QC),Pierre-Luc Poulin (Lac Beauport, QC),Brady Reardon (Burlington, ON), Brian Malfesi (Maple Ridge, BC) Men’s K4 1000 6th in heatAdvanced to semi
Chris Mehak (Toronto, ON) Men’s K1 500 6th in heatAdvanced to semi


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Photos by Balint Vekassy

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