Nova Scotiaâs Jason McCoombs wins showdown for London

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Nova Scotia’s Jason McCoombs wins showdown for London

DUISBURG, Germany – A nomination to the 2012 Olympic Games came down to one race on Sunday at a canoe and kayak World Cup and Jason McCoombs of Dartmouth, N.S., finished ahead of Aaron Rublee of Kamloops, B.C., to get the spot.

In a very close race, McCoombs finished sixth in the C-1 200 final clocking 41.415 seconds while Rublee took ninth spot in 41.727 seconds. Alfonso Benavides of Spain won the gold in 40.685.

”It feel pretty surreal right now,” said McCoombs, 19. ”My focus in the race was to have a great start and stay as close to the front in the first 100. The aspect I’ve improved the most this year is my last half and I think that’s what showed today.”

McCoombs became a player in the Olympic picture at the Canadian team trials when he finished second to Rublee turning the battle into a best-of-three playoff. McCoombs tied it at 1-1 last weekend in Poland finishing eighth while Rublee was ousted in the semifinals.

”That race at the trials is what really gave me a lot of confidence,” said McCoombs. ”That was the first time I had raced against those guys and it was the best race I’ve ever had. I was pretty nervous all this week but I always try to approach each race the same way.”

Meanwhile Hughes Fournel of Dorval, Que., and Ryan Cochrane of Windsor, N.S., took another step towards an Olympic nomination placing fifth in the K-2 200.

Canada can send only one K-2 team to the Games, and Fournel and Cochrane have posted better results the last two World Cups than K-2 1,000 pair Richard Dober Jr., of Trois-Rivieres, Que., and Steve Jorens of Candiac, Que.

”We came out to show that last weekend’s result was not a fluke,” said Cochrane, who earned the bronze with his partner in Poland last week. ”It was a crazy close race today. We didn’t feel like we accelerated as well at the start and that made it tough for us. Still we hung tough and we were happy with the finish.”

In another Olympic event final, Dober Jr., was eighth in the K-1 200 final.

Five medals for Canada in non-Olympic events

In non-Olympic events, Laurence Vincent-Lapointe of Trois-Rivieres, Que., and Mallorie Nicholson of Oakville, Ont., were 1-2 in the women’s C-1 200 then combined forces for gold in the C-2 500.

Canada won the bronze in each of the three relays: in the men’s 4X200 canoe relay it was McCoombs, Ben Russell of Dartmouth, Mark Oldershaw of Burlington, Ont., and Rublee; in the women’s kayak 4×200 it was Michelle Russell of Dartmouth, Émilie Fournel of Lachine, Que., K.C. Fraser of Mississauga, Ont., and Geneviève Beauchesne-Sévigny of Trois-Rivieres; in the men’s kayak 4X200 it was Connor Taras of Waverley, N.S., Cochrane, Dober Jr., and Rhys Hill of Ottawa.

Brady Reardon of Burlington, Ont., was fourth in the K-1 500 while Roland Varga and Paul Bryant of Richmond Hill, Ont., were eighth in both the C-2 200 and C-2 500. Sprint World Cup 2 will be broadcast on select Sportsnet stations today.

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For more information:

Ian Miller

Communications and Marketing Officer, CanoeKayak Canada

613.314.1352

imiller@canoekayak.ca

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