Women’s Sprint Canoe makes Olympic Debut in Tokyo

Posted By: Canoe Kayak Canada

TOKYO, JAPAN (August 4, 2021) – It was a historic moment at the SeaForest Waterway with the first-ever women’s canoe sprint races taking place today at an Olympic Games. Canada’s Katie Vincent (Mississauga Canoe Club) and Laurence Vincent Lapointe (Trois-Rivières Canoe-Kayak Club) did not let this opportunity go to waste, winning both their heats to advance directly to semifinals.

“We are writing history in women’s canoe,” said Vincent Lapointe.  “In 2010, I was there for the first world championships for women’s canoe and I am just going to keep doing my best right up until the end of this event.”

Katie Vincent commenting in the media mixed zone that she was excited for more racing. “Having not raced since 2019, to come out and know that all the work is still paying off is relieving. I am really looking forward to tomorrow and to execute a little more in the coming races.”

Mark de Jonge (Maskwa Aquatic Club) and Nick Matveev (Balmy Beach Canoe Club)

raced in the men’s K1 200m heats and quarterfinals, with only Matveev securing his advancement into the semifinals.

“I was a bit nervous as this is my first international race in this event and now that I’ve dusted off the cobwebs, I am excited to race in the semis and hopefully qualify for the finals tomorrow,” said Matveev.

Michelle Russell (Cheema Aquatic Club) earned her spot into the semifinals via the quarterfinals in the K1 500m.  “I was a little upset that that I didn’t make it directly through to semis directly from my heat but after speaking with my coach Chad and making the necessary adjustments I think it paid off in the quarterfinals.”

Brian Malfesi (Ridge Canoe and Kayak Club) and Vincent Jourdenais (Club de canoe-kayak de vitesse de Trois-Rivieres) battled hard in their quarterfinal race, missing out on A Finals by less than a second. Malfesi commented, “Every crew here is the best in the world and we know we are right in it and we will take that into the B Final and aim to win it.”

It’s a big day of semi-finals and finals so tune in live on CBC Olympics Live – schedule below.

More information on the canoe and kayak sprint events can be found on the Tokyo 2020 website here.

Race previews:

Wednesday August 4 EDT/Thursday August 5 JST


8:30 PM EDT Men’s K1 200m Semifinals Nick Matveev
8:44 PM EDT Women’s C1 200m Semifinals Katie Vincent

Laurence Vincent-Lapointe

8:58 PM EDT Women’s K1 500m Semifinals Michelle Russell


10:35 PM EDT Men’s K1 200m Finals TBD
10:50 PM EDT Women’s C1 200m Finals TBD
11:22 PM EDT Women’s K1 500m Finals TBD
11:47 PM EDT Men’s K2 1000m Final – B Brian MalfesiVincent Jourdenais



Thursday August 5/Friday August 6 JST


8:30 PM EDT Women’s C2 500m Heats Laurence Vincent-Lapointe

Katie Vincent

8:44 PM EDT Men’s C1 1000m Heats Connor Fitzpatrick

Roland Varga

9:15 PM EDT Women’s K4 500m Heats Andreanne Langlois

Michelle Russell

Alanna Bray-Lougheed

Madeline Schmidt

9:30 PM EDT Men’s K4 500m Heats Nick Matveev

Mark de Jonge

Pierre Luc Poulin

Simon McTavish



10:07 PM EDT Women’s C2 500m Quarterfinals TBD
10:21 PM EDT Men’s C1 1000m Quarterfinals TBD



Friday August 6 EDT /Saturday August 7 JST


8:30 PM EDT Women’s C2 500m Semifinals TBD
8:44 PM EDT Men’s C1 1000m Semifinals TBD
9:07 PM EDT Women’s K4 500m Semifinals TBD
9:14 PM EDT Men’s K4 500m Semifinals TBD


10:15 PM EDT Women’s C2 500m Finals TBD
10:31 PM EDT Men’s C1 1000m Finals TBD
11:00 PM EDT Women’s K4 500m Finals TBD
11:19 PM EDT Men’s K4 500m Finals TBD


Athlete List


Discipline Athlete
Men’s Kayak Simon McTavish

Mark de Jonge

Nick Matveev

Brian Malfesi

Vincent Jourdenais

Pierre Luc Poulin

Women’s Kayak Michelle Russell

Andreanne Langlois

Alanna Bray-Lougheed

Madeline Schmidt

Men’s Canoe Roland Varga

Connor Fitzpatrick

Women’s Canoe Laurence Vincent-Lapointe

Katie Vincent


Alternates: Lissa Bissonette, Courtney Stott