Six Canadian boats advance through to A-finals in Duisburg

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DUISBERG, GERMANY – The second ICF Canoe Sprint World Cup got underway today in the paddling hotbed of Duisburg, Germany. This is expected to be the best attended and most competitive of the three World Cups on this year’s tour.

Mark Oldershaw of Burlington, ON won his heat in the Men’s C1 1000 metre today to pass directly through to tomorrow’s final. Oldershaw won gold in the event last week and also holds an Olympic bronze medal in the 1000m.

Michelle Russell of Waverley, NS finished second in her semi-final of the Women’s K1 500, amongst a world-class field to grasp a spot in the final. Russell has made a significant step forward in her performance-level after making the B-final in the event last week where she ranked eleventh overall. She is also racing the Women’s K1 200 and got through to semi-finals after finishing fourth in her heat.

Ryan Cochrane (Windsor, NS) and Hugues Fournel (Montréal, QC) advanced to the final in the Men’s K2 200 with a third place result in their semi-final. The crew raced together at the London 2012 Olympic Games and finished seventh Their time in the preliminaries was the sixth fastest of the qualifiers. Several different crew combinations are being tested in this event and both the Cochrane-Fournel combination and Canada’s second crew of Marc-Alexandre Gagnon (Trois-Rivières, QC), Étienne Morneau (Québec, QC) were highly competitive.

Jason McCoombs of Dartmouth, NS cracked the final in the Men’s C1 200 after finishing third in his semi-final and his fellow C1 200m team member Ben Tradioli of Ottawa, ON just lost out to a position in the final at the bow shoot at the final lunge to the finish.

In Women’s C1 200 both Canadian entries won their heats to advance directly to the final. Laurence Vincent-Lapointe of Trois-Rivières, QC was first in her heat, as was Katie Vincent of Mississauga, ON. Laurence Vincent-Lapointe has won multiple World Championships and Katie Vincent won the Junior World Championships last year.

World Champion Mark de Jonge of Halifax, NS easily won his heat advancing to the semi-final and Alex Scott, a nineteen year old up-and-comer, showed what the future holds for the 200m program by placing third in his heat and advancing to the semi-final as well.

A full compilation of Canadian results is shown below. World Cup 2 continues through to Sunday.

Summary of Results

Athlete Event Result
Mark Oldershaw (Burlington, ON) Men’s C1 1000 1st in heatAdvanced to A-final
Michelle Russell (Waverley, NS) Women’s K1 500 2nd in semiAdvanced to A-final
Ryan Cochrane (Windsor, NS), Hugues Fournel (Montréal, QC) Men’s K2 200 3rd in semiAdvanced to A-final
Jason McCoombs (Dartmouth, NS) Men’s C1 200 3rd in semiAdvanced to A-final
Laurence Vincent-Lapointe (Trois-Rivières, QC) Women’s C1 200 1st in heatAdvanced to A-final
Katie Vincent (Mississauga, ON) Women’s C1 200 1st in heatAdvanced to A-final
Ben Tardioli (Ottawa, ON) Men’s C1 200 4th in semiAdvanced to B-final
Adam van Koeverden (Oakville, ON) Men’s K1 1000 3rd in semiAdvanced to B-final
Marc-Alexandre Gagnon (Trois-Rivières, QC), Étienne Morneau (Québec, QC) Men’s K2 200 4th in semiAdvanced to B-final
Genevieve Orton (Lake Echo, NS) Women’s K1 500 6th in semiAdvanced to C-final
Mark de Jonge (Halifax, NS) Men’s K1 200 1st in heatAdvanced to semi
Alex Scott (Bedford, NS) Men’s K1 200 3rd in heatAdvanced to semi
Aaron Rublee (Kamloops, BC), Maxim Poulin (Lac Beauport, QC) Men’s C2 200 1st in heatAdvanced to A-final
Michelle Russell (Waverley, NS) Women’s K1 200 4th in heatAdvanced to semi
Genevieve Orton (Lake Echo, NS) Women’s K1 200 6th in heatAdvanced to semi
Chris Mehak (Toronto, ON), Brian Malfesi (Maple Ridge, BC) Men’s K2 1000 7th in semiAdvanced to C-final
Andrew Jessop (Halifax, NS) Men’s K1 1000 7th in semiDid not advance


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Photos by Bernard Irvin

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