Canada wins three gold medals on final day of Canoe Sprint World Cup

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

RACICE, CZECH REPUBLIC - Laurence Vincent-Lapointe of Trois-Rivieres, QC, Sara-Jane Caumartin of Otterburn, QC and Paul Bryant of Richmond Hill, ON all made trips to the top of the podium on the final day of the second ICF Canoe Sprint World Cup in Racice, Czech Republic. In addition to a bronze medal in women’s K2 yesterday, Gabriel Beauchesne-Sevigny of Trois-Rivieres, QC and Roland Varga of Ricmond Hill, ON chipped in a C2 silver to make for a five medal total at Canada’s first international canoe sprint competition of the quadrennial.

Laurence Vincent-Lapointe held her winning streak by taking gold in the C1 200 with a time of 51.02 seconds. Maria Kazakova of Russia was second with a time of 51.97 and Anggie Avegno of Ecuador was third finishing in a time of 52.64. Teamate Sara-Jane Caumartin finished ninth in the final with a time 56.00 at her first World Cup competition.

Vincent-Lapointe and Caumartin teamed up for a victory in C2 500 with a winning time of 2:13.2. Russian crews took the second and third spots with times of 2:15.3 and 2:15.3.

Paul Bryant captured gold in the C1 5000 metre. He won with a time of 23:00. Italy’s Sergiu Craciun was 3.3 seconds behind to take silver and Slovakia’s Marian Ostrcil was 11.3 seconds behind Bryant to take bronze. Ben Russell of Dartmouth, NS finished fifth with a time of 23:27.

Gabriel Beauchesne-Sevigny and Roland Varga took silver in the C2 200 metre. The winning crew from Belarus finished with a time of 1:46.94 and a margin of 0.76 of a second over Beauchesne-Sevigny and Varga.

In C2 200, Beauchesne-Sevigny paired with Pierre-Luc Laliberte of Pointe-Claire, QC
to finish fourth with a time of 39.47 seconds. Richmond Hill’s Bryant and Varga were eighth in the race with a time of 40.59.

Halifax’s Mark de Jonge came sixth in the K1 200 metre with a time of 36.87. The tight race was won by won by Serbia’s Marko Dragosavljevic with a time of 36.43.

Jason McCoombs of Dartmouth finished seventh in the C1 200 with a time of 42.83 seconds. Aaron Rublee of Kamloops, BC was second in the B-final with a finishing time of 42.74 seconds.

The Women’s K4 crew of Una Lounder of Dartmouth, NS; Genevieve Beauchesne-Sevigny of Trois-Rivieres, QC; KC Fraser of Oakville, ON; and Dartmouth’s Hannah Vaughan finished seventh in the A-final with a time of 1:43.5.

In the K2 200 metre, Ryan Cochrane of Windsor, NS and Hugues Fournel of Lachine, QC finished eighth with a time of 34.13 seconds. Richard Dober Jr. of Trois-Rivieres, QC and Etienne Morneau of Lac Beauport, QC were third in the K2 200 metre B-final with a time of 34.39.

Michelle Russell of Waverley finished ninth in the K1 200 metre A-final and clocked 43.87 seconds. Emilie Fournel of Lachine, QC was ninth in the B-final of the K1 200 with a time of 45.17 seconds.

The Oakville pair of Adam van Koeverden and Brady Reardon won the B-final of the K2 500 metre with a time of 1:35.1. Both will race K1 events at the third and final ICF World Cup in Poznan, Poland from May 31 to June 2 along with the rest of the Canadian team to be televised on Sportsnet. Canada’s Under 23 team will race at the Piestany International Regatta next weekend.

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