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Speed Boats: Canadians charge to podium on world waters

Speed Boats: Canadians charge to podium on world waters

The water has been welcoming to Canada this weekend.

In Duisburg, Germany, Laurence Vincent-Lapointe has topped the podium twice at the World Canoe-Kayak Sprint Championships, notching a total of six career world championship golds. On Sunday, her and partner Sara-Jane Caumartin blasted to the title in the C-2 500m following her gold medal performance Saturday in the C-1 200m. The stellar paddling marks the third-straight year Vincent-Lapoint has captured two golds at Worlds.

Also on Sunday, London 2012 medallist Mark Oldershaw proved his endurance over the men’s C-1 5000m course to capture a bronze medal after bouncing back from a rough top-10 performance in the C-1 1000m. “Thanks everyone for the support, couldn’t have done it without you,” he tweeted out after the event.

Oldershaw added a second bronze to his haul at these championships on Sunday with the likes of  Jason McCombs, Gabriel Beauchesne-Sevigny and Benjamin Russel in the C-1 200m relay.

de Jonge Delivers

In kayak action, Mark de Jonge was just inches away from adding world champion to his resume in the men’s K-1 200m, paddling to silver at these world championships. Though he told the Twitterverse being .03 seconds away from gold is tough to take, it’s a nice podium performance following his bronze medal sprint in the same event at London 2012.

Rowers Rally

Photo: Courtesy Rowing Canada

In Chungju, Korea the rowers are keeping it real.

On Sunday, Canada’s women’s eight crew took bronze on the final day of the world championship regatta.

“We were a little bit behind at the start, but we trusted our rhythm just as we have been doing in practice,” said coxswain, Kristen Kit.

The Canadian crew is made up of Lisa Roman, Jennifer Martins, Carolyn Ganes, Susanne Grainger, Sarah Black, Christine Roper, Natalie Mastracci, Cristy Nurse and Kristen Kit. Only Mastracci remains on the team from last year’s Olympic silver-medal winning boat.

The bronze comes after Black, Roper, Nurse and Mastracci raced to silver in the women’s four on Friday, and the quadruple sculls boat of Antje Seydlitz-Kurzbach, Carling Zeeman, Kate Goodfellow and Emily Cameron followed suit for another silver medal for Canada on Saturday.

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