SZEGED, Hungary – Adam van Koeverden of Oakville, Ont., won the gold medal in the K-1 500 and Richard Dober Jr., of Trois-Rivieres, Que., made two podium appearances to cap a seven-medal Canadian performance on Sunday at a World Cup paddling competition.
In the men’s K-1 500-metre, van Koeverden clocked one minute and 41.722 seconds for his third medal and second gold this weekend and fifth World Cup medal this season. Anders Gustafsson of Sweden was second in 1:42.460 and Tamas Szalai of Hungary third in 1:42.724. Angus Mortimer of Ottawa was fifth.
Canada ends the competition with 11 medals second to Hungary which earned 16.
Dober Jr., notched a silver in K-1 200 and 20 minutes later he collected a bronze with Andrew Willows of Gananoque, Ont., in the K-2 200. Because the races were so close together, Dober Jr., was to busy to be at his first career World Cup K-1 medal ceremony held between the two races.
“Despite missing the medal ceremony I can’t complain about the day,’’ said Dober Jr. ‘’In the 200 it’s always important to have a good start because there is not much time to catch up. In the K-1 my start was very good, with a good kick in the middle and I kept it together. It was pretty much the same in our K-2, except for a little rouble on the start but it’s something we are not worried about.’’
With the 200-meter races now official Olympic events, Dober Jr., noticed the difference in intensity.
‘’There’s a lot of new crews and obviously this has become a very important event,’’ he said. ‘’The stakes are higher, the races were a lot tighter and everyone was going for it.’’
Hughes Fournel of Dorval, Que., and Ryan Cochrane of Windsor, N.S., were sixth in the K-2.
In the C-2 200, Gabriel Beauchesne-Sévigny of Trois-Rivieres and Andrew Russell of Dartmouth, N.S., took the silver medal out of lane nine finishing only 0.04 second behind Belarussian brothers Andrei and Aliaksandr Bahdanovich.
‘’We just got better through every round so this was a great way to finish,’’ said Beauchesne-Sévigny. ‘’Being in the outside lane actually helped us. We were next to the crowd and we really fed off their energy, it was like a third paddler in the boat. We kept the focus on the technique and the basics to keep the boat going fast.’’
Mark Oldershaw of Burlington, Ont., (in photo) also ended the weekend with three podium appearances after snaring the silver in Sunday’s C-1 500. Thomas Hall of Pointe-Claire, Que., was eighth. Richard Dalton of Halifax was ninth in the C-1 200.
Canada also grabbed two more medals in women’s competition with Laurence Vincent-Lapointe of Trois-Rivieres and Nicole Haywood of Nanaimo, B.C., placing 1-2 in the C-1 200.
‘’I went in with a lot of confidence after winning my semifinal by two seconds,’’ said Vincent-Lapointe. ‘’My acceleration was much better at the start and that was a big difference for me. It helped the middle portion of my race be much faster.’’
In B finals, Rhys Hill of Ottawa and Brady reardon of Burlington, Ont., won the K-2 500 for 10th overall while for the women Kristin Gauthier of Ottawa and Émilie Fournel of Montreal were second in the K-2 500; Kia Byers of Regina second in the K-1 200 while Mylanie Barré of Lac-Beauport, Que., and Genevieve Orton of Lake Echo, N.S., and Marie-Pier Langlois of Quebec City and Hannah Vaughan of Dartmouth were fifth and sixth respectively in the K-2 200.
In the men’s K-1 200 C final, Willows was first and Fournel sixth.
The next World Cup event is June 4-6 in Duisburg, Germany.
More information and photos available at the CKC website: www.canoekayak.ca
Photos by Balint Vekassy.
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