Canada ties for most overall points at World Cup 3

Canoe-Kayak CanadaThe Canadian CanoeKayak team claimed nine more medals on the final day of ICF Canoe Sprint World Cup 3 in Poznan, Poland. The medals bring Canada’s total count at Poznan to 13 – including five gold, four silver and four bronze. The impressive weekend results also tied Canada in the point standings at World Cup 3 with host nation Poland. Between World Cups 2 and 3, Canada pulled a total 18 medals to close out the Sprint World Cup tour.

Olympic bronze medalist Mark de Jonge captured his first World Cup gold medal by winning the K1 200 metre. de Jonge of Halifax edged out Germany’s Tom Liebscher by 0.14 of a second to take the win.

Laurence Vincent-Lapointe of Trois-Rivières, QC went undefeated at World Cups by scoring a pair of gold medals on the weekend. Vincent-Lapointe won the C1 200 then paired with Sara-Jane Caumartin of Otterburn, QC to win the C2 500 metre. The final day’s victories repeat the results of World Cup 2 as Vincent-Lapointe takes away quadruple gold medals from the tour and Caumartin takes double gold.

Gabriel Beauchesne-Sévigny and his sister Geneviève Beauchesne-Sévigny of Trois-Rivières, QC, along with Émilie Fournel of Lachine, QC completed the list of Canadian athletes winning double medals today.

Gabriel Beauchesne-Sévigny captured gold in the C1 5000 metre and tacked on a silver in the C2 200 metre with Pierre-Luc Laliberte of Pointe-Claire, QC. Beauchesne-Sévigny demonstrated his versatility as an athlete by winning two medals in two very different distances in a span of less than four hours. Mark Oldershaw of Burlington was fourth in the C1 5000 metre.

Geneviève Beauchesne-Sévigny stroked two crew boats to win a pair of bronze medals. The Women’s K4 of Beauchesne-Sévigny; KC Fraser of Oakville, Una Lounder of Dartmouth, NS; and Émilie Fournel of Lachine, QC landed a bronze to put Canada on the podium in the Olympic event.

Beauchesne-Sévigny and Fraser collected their third K2 medal of the tour by winning a bronze in the K2 200 metre to add to the silver and bronze they have earned in the two K2 500 metre World Cup races. Fournel won a silver in the K1 5000 metre to make for a two medal day. Beauchesne-Sévigny also raced the K1 5000 and finished ninth.

The Oakville crew of Adam van Koeverden and Brady Reardon won another bronze medal in the K2 500 metre and added to their bronze in the 1000 metre. van Koeverden also placed fifth in the Men’s K1 5000 metre.

Jason McCoombs of Dartmouth, NS finished fourth in the C1 200 metre. McCoombs, who finished thirteenth in London last summer, was less than a third of a second away from making the podium today in the Olympic event.

Hugues Fournel of Lachine, QC and Richard Dober Jr. of Trois-Rivières, QC also finished fourth in an Olympic event and were 0.15 of a second away from making the podium in the K2 200 metre. Ryan Cochrane of Windsor, NS and Étienne Morneau of Lac Beauport, QC were ninth in the K2 200 metre and less than half a second off the forth place Canadian crew in a tight final.

Canada’s second entries in women’s crew boat races fared well with the Under 23 crew of Alexa Irvin of Kentville, NS; Lissa Bissonnette of Pointe-Claire, QC; Andreanne Langlois of Lac Beauport, QC; and Ottawa’s Madeleine Schmidt finishing fifth in the K4 500 metre. Bissonnette and Langlois were eighth in the K2 200 metre.

Toronto’s Taylor Potts and Mariah Godin of Dartmouth, NS, another Under 23 crew, were fifth in the C2 500 metre. Potts also placed fourth in the C1 200 and was an even tenth of a second away from a medal.

Michelle Russell capped off a successful tour in K1 events by posting her top World Cup result to date with a sixth place finish in the K1 200 metre final.

Roland Varga and Paul Bryant, both of Richmond Hill, ON finished sixth in the C2 200 metre and eighth in the C2 500 metre. After taking a silver in the 200 metre, the crew of Gabriel Beauchesne-Sévigny and Pierre-Luc Laliberte finished ninth in the C2 500 metre final. Pointe-Claire’s Marc Tarling was ninth in the C1 500 metre.

With Sprint World Cup competitions wrapped up for the season, Canadian paddlers will return home to prepare for a second set of National Team Trials in Welland from June 21 to 23. The trials will finalize Canada’s selections for ICF World Championships in Duisburg, Germany from Aug. 27 to Sept. 1 and the Junior and Under World Championships in Welland, Aug. 1-4.