Four Canadian boats advanced to A-finals on the opening day of competition at the 2013 ICF Junior and U23 Canoe Sprint World Championships in Welland.
Oakville’s Jeremy Stott and Mississauga’s Evan Bezemer were the first to advance directly to the Junior Men’s C2 1,000 metre finals. The pair finished third in Wednesday’s morning’s heat (Aug. 7) with a time of 3:46.94.
“We definitely laid down one of our best races”, said Stott. Bezemer added that after a quick start the other crews started to catch them halfway down the course and the Canadian pair successfully held them off.
Roland Varga of Richmond Hill, ON and Marc Tarling of Pointe-Claire, QC advanced directly to the C2 U23 men’s 1,000m final with a finish time of 3:42.29.
Marshall Hughes advanced to the K1 Junior Men’s 1,000m final with a second place finish and a time of 3:51.25 in his semi-finals. Hughes is looking forward to the finals and is expecting a close race.
Lissa Bissonnette (Sherbrooke, QC), Alexa Irvin (Kentville, NS), Andreanne Langlois (Trois-Rivières, QC), Sarah Vegas-Dubois (Pointe-Claire, QC) finished a strong second in the K4 Under 23 women 500m semi-final, advancing to the final on Saturday. Happy about their finish Lissa Bissonnette said, “We all did our jobs, excited to be at Worlds with our family and friends around us.”
Three Canadian boats also advanced to the B-finals.