Oldershaw leads Canadian canoeists

POZNAN, Poland – Burlington’s Mark Oldershaw and Gabriel Beauchesne-Sevigny of Trois-Rivieres, Que., finished 1-2 in the canoe singles (C-1) 5,000-metre race on Sunday (May 24) to conclude the second stop on the World Cup paddling circuit.

Oldershaw added a silver in the C-1 1,000 while Olympic medalist Adam van Koeverden of Oakville, took the bronze in the K-1 1,000.

In the long distance 5,000-metre race, a new event which will be added to next year’s world championship program, Oldershaw clocked 21 minutes and 04.06 seconds for his first World Cup victory since 2007. Beauchesne-Sevigny was second in 21:07.94 and Sergiu Cracium of Romania was third in 21:30.07.

‘’I was happy to have Gabriel with me because we’ve been training partners almost all year,’’ said Oldershaw. ‘’Everything went as planned. We got ahead together quickly and we were able to ride each other’s wash and save energy. We had both been in races earlier in the day so that was important for us.’’

In the C-1 1,000, Vadin Menkov of Belarus was the victor in 3:55.246 with Oldershaw second in 3:56.714 and Sebastian Brendel of Germany third in 3:57.870. Olympic bronze medallist Thomas Hall of Pointe-Claire, Que., was fourth in 3:59.590.

‘’It was nice to comeback from a messy 500-metre race (on Saturday),’’ said Oldershaw, who was eighth in Saturday’s C-1 500. ‘’My focus has been mainly on the 1,000 because it’s early in the season and my speed isn’t quite there yet. I got off to a great start and felt comfortable right up until the finish.’’

In the K-1 1,000, Max Hoff of Germany posted the win in 3:29.854 with Anders Gustavsson of Sweden second in 3:31.802 and van Koeverden third in 3:32.514. It was van Koeverden’s third World Cup medal this season.

Van Koeverden was also sixth in the K-1 5,000.

Other Canadian finalists in the 1,000 metre races were Mylanie Barré of Lac-Beauport, Que., sixth in the women’s K-1, Andrew Russell of Dartmouth, N.S., and Beauchesne-Sévigny seventh in the C-2 and the men’s C-4 was eighth with Russell, Oldershaw, Jamie Andinson and Mark Klevinas, both of Oakville.

‘’We were with the leaders up until the final sprint in the last 750 metres,’’ said Beauchesne-Sévigny, an Olympic finalist in both the C-2 500 and 1,000 at the Olympics with Russell. ‘’Then we didn’t manage that last part of the race very well. We are happy with our progress and confident we can do even better at the next World Cup.’’

On Saturday, silver medals were earned by van Koeverden in the K-1 as well as the women’s K-4 with Geneviève Orton of Dartmouth, N.S., Émilie Fournel of Montreal, Kristin Gauthier of Ottawa and Barré.

The third stop on the World Cup is in two weeks in Szeged, Hungary.