van Koeverden and Oldershaw haul in two Olympic medals in CanoeKayak

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Silver for van Koeverden and bronze for Oldershaw

LONDON – Adam van Koeverden and Mark Oldershaw have grown up together, trained together and now they are celebrating their Olympic medals together. van Koeverden won a silver medal in the K1 1000 to add to his full set of Olympic medals and twenty minutes later Mark Oldershaw became the first in his family to reach the Olympic podium with a bronze in the C1 1000. van Koeverden of Oakville, ON took an early lead and held onto the first place spot until he was caught in the final 100 metres of the race by Norway’s Eirik Veras Larsen. Veras Larsen won in a time of 3:26.46 and van Koeverden followed with a 3:27.17. Germany’s Max Hoff was third and clocked 3:27.75.

“Overall I am happy with my race,” said van Koeverden. “I tried to get as much air in my lungs and keep it going. Everybody is out there trying to win the race and I feel like my race plan went well. I was looking for a good finish. I can find the silver lining in silver.”

van Koeverden collected the fourth Olympic medal of his career at the victory ceremony in Eton Dorney after the race. He first climbed the Olympic podium eight years ago in Athens with a bronze in K1 1000 and a gold in K1 500 metre at the age of 22. He completed the set with a silver in the K1 500 in 2008. Teammate Mark Oldershaw of Burloak, ON got off to a good start and stayed in range of the leaders until he made his move in the second 500 metres. Oldershaw finished third in a time of 3:48.50. Sebastian Brendel of Germany won the race in a time of 3:47.17 and Spain’s David Cal took silver with a time of 3:48.05. Five Oldershaw have competed at the Olympic Games and Mark Oldershaw is the first of his family to win a medal. It was 64 years ago that his grandfather Bert raced at the Olympic Games in London. The list of Olympians in the family also includes his father and coach Scott who competed in 1984 and three uncles. Scott Oldershaw coaches both van Koeverden and Mark Oldershaw. He had a busy and rewarding morning at Eton Dorney as he helped to prepare both athletes for their best performances. At their home club in Oakville, members of the Burloak Canoe Club gathered to cheer on their heroes.

Following the additional medals, Canada was sitting in twelfth position for total medals at the London 2012 Olympic Games.

CanoeKayak has historically been one of Canada’s top performing summer Olympic sports is one of Own the Podium’s top funded sports. The two new medals make for a total of 23 won by Canada in CanoeKayak since the sport was first included in the Olympic Games in 1936. “We’re thrilled to see such amazing performances,” said Lorraine Lafrenière, Director General of CanoeKayak Canada. “These athletes have trained extremely hard with their coaches and it’s a delight to see them both bring home medals for Canada.”

Ryan Cochrane of Windsor, NS and Hugues Fournel of Lachine, QC raced the K2 1000 metre B-final this morning. The crew finished fourth with a time of 3:18.55. The crew specializes in the K2 200 metre event and finished within six seconds of the lead boat in the B-final for a distance they do not train. The action for the Canadian CanoeKayak team continues at Eton Dorney tomorrow just after 5:00 a.m. EST as Émilie Fournel of Lachine, QC races the B-final in the women’s K1 500. The 200 metre events kick off with heats and semi-finals on Friday at 4:30 a.m. EST and wrap up the regatta with finals on Saturday at the same time. Mark de Jonge of Halifax, NS and Jason McCoombs of Dartmouth, NS will make their Olympic debuts in the K1 200 and C1 200, respectively. Ryan Cochrane and Hugues Fournel will race K2 on Friday and Émilie Fournel will race K1 200. For broadcast times of the Canadian CanoeKayak team, visit http://canoekayak.ca/english/content/broadcast.

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For more information:

Lorraine Lafrenière

Media Attaché, CanoeKayak Canada

+44 7714000808 llafreniere@canoekayak.ca

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