Sprint paddlers move to B-finals after opening day of competition in Rio

Posted By: admin@canoekayak.ca

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL (August 15, 2016) – All four Canadian boats have advanced to B-finals at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games after the first day of sprint Canoe Kayak events at Lagoa Stadium.

Mark Oldershaw (Burlington, ON) fought for a top-two finish in the semi-final of the Men’s C1 1000m but fell short in the final push to the line to finish fourth. Oldershaw will race the B-final tomorrow in the event in which he won bronze at the London 2012 Games. Oldershaw will also compete in the Men’s C1 200m in Rio with heats taking place on Wednesday.

Andréanne Langlois (Québec, QC) got off to a fast start in her heat and semi-final in the Women’s K1 200m. In the semi-final, she lined up next to Olympic and World Champion Lisa Carrington of New Zealand and finished fifth — less than a second short of moving on to the A-final. Langlois will race the B-final of the Women’s K1 200m tomorrow and the heats of the Women’s K4 500m on Friday morning.

In the Women’s K2 500m, Genevieve Orton (Lake Echo, NS) and KC Fraser (Toronto, ON) also finished fifth to advance to the B-final. They will join Langlois and Émilie Fournel (Montréal, QC) in the K4 500m heat on Friday.

Adam van Koeverden (Oakville, ON) finished third in his heat of the Men’s K1 1000m but got off to a slow start in the semi-final. Despite several attempts to catch the pack, van Koeverden finished sixth and will race the B-final tomorrow. van Koeverden is a four-time Olympic medalist and has won silver and bronze medals in the K1 1000m.

Canoe Kayak action continues at Lagoa Statium through to Saturday. CBC will broadcast the races each day starting at 8 a.m. EST.



Summary of Results

Athlete Event Result
Mark Oldershaw (Burlington, ON) Men’s C1 1000m 4th in semi

Advanced to B-final

Andréanne Langlois (Québec, QC) Women’s K1 200m 5th in semi

Advanced to B-final

Genevieve Orton (Lake Echo, NS)

KC Fraser (Toronto, ON)

Women’s K2 500m 5th in semi

Advanced to B-final

Adam van Koeverden (Oakville, ON) Men’s K1 1000m 6th in semi

Advanced to B-final


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