Paddlers leave Duisburg with nine more World Cup medals
Feature photo: Mark de Jonge (Balint Vekassy via Canoe/Kayak Canada)
Canada’s canoe and kayak athletes are two thirds of the way through the ICF Sprint World Cup season, picking up nine medals in Duisburg, Germany this weekend.
It is the second consecutive week that Canada won nine World Cup medals. Two of the podium trips came in Olympic events. Following up on Saturday’s bronze from Mark Oldershaw (more on this below), kayaker Mark de Jonge got on the board for the second straight week in the K1 200.
A silver medal last week, de Jonge picked up the bronze on Sunday behind Maxime Beaumont of France and Swiss paddler Petter Menning. It was the second straight World Cup gold for Beaumont in this discipline.
Canadian men picked up four more medals in non-Olympic disciplines on Sunday. De Jonge joined Ryan Cochrane, Hugues Fournel and Etienne Morneau to win gold in the K4 200. The other three medals came in canoe events; the C2 200 (silver) with Aaron Rublee and Max Poulin; C4 200 (bronze) with Rublee and Poulin joining Ben Russell and Ben Tardioli; and finally the long distance C1 5000 saw Russell return to the podium once more with his second bronze of the day.
Lone Canadian woman to win a medal on Sunday was Laurence Vincent-Lapointe. The powerful women’s canoeist took her second C1 200 World Cup title in as many weeks. She also won a C2 class gold a day earlier with teammate Katie Vincent. This is also a non-Olympic discipline as there are presently only Olympic kayak events for women, not canoe.
The third and final World Cup is next weekend in Copenhagen.
At the second ICF Sprint World Cup of the season Canada won three medals on Saturday in Duisburg, Germany, one in Olympic and two in non-Olympic events.
CanoeKayak Canada’s Mark Oldershaw had a target on him after taking two gold medals last weekend. On this day Oldershaw had to settle for bronze behind the home favourite, Sebastian Brendal of Germany, who paddled the C1 men’s 1000m in 3:52.006, and Isaquias Queiroz Dos Santos of Brazil (3:53.996). Oldershaw clocked at 3:55.005.
In the non-Olympic events, medals arrived in women’s C2 200m and C1 500m races. Canada was golden for a second straight World Cup with canoeists Laurence Vincent-Lapointe and Katie Vincent crossing the C2 200m line first in 46.802 seconds, ahead of challengers from Brazil (48.324) and Uzbekistan (49.085). The C1 500m medal – a bronze – also came from Vincent.
Competition continues Sunday in the second of three Sprint World Cup stops.