Medal magic on the water

There was some Olympic magic on the water at Eton Dorney Wednesday morning as Adam van Koeverden and Mark Oldershaw bolstered Canada’s medal count to 13.

In the men’s K-1 1,000m, van Koeverden held on to add a second silver medal to his Olympic resume which also includes a gold and bronze. Though he wanted the gold, the two-time flag bearer for Canada said he “can find the silver lining in silver”.

“Overall I am happy with my race,” said the Oakville native. “I feel like my race plan went well. I was looking for a good finish.”

Moments later van Koeverden’s good friend Mark Oldershaw put in a hard push during the last 250m of his C-1 1,000m race to earn his right on the Olympic podium, with a bronze.

“I’m just so happy, I don’t know what to say,” said Oldershaw. “Everything has led up to this. I’ve been dreaming about this since I was a little kid, every birthday blowing out the candles, every shooting star, every eyelash has been dreaming of getting on this podium.”