Canadian Sprint CanoeKayak team kicks off first international competition of new quadrennial

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Friday, May 17

Broadcast note: Sprint World Cup 2 will be televised on Sportsnet on Saturday morning (11:30 a.m. EST) and Sunday morning (9:30 a.m. EST). See broadcast schedule for details.

RACICE, CZECH REPUBLIC – Nine boats advanced to A-finals on the opening day of ICF Canoe Sprint World Cup 2 in Racice, Czech Republic as the Canadian CanoeKayak team made its first international appearance of the quadrennial.

Olympic bronze medalist Mark Oldershaw of Burlington, ON and Ben Russell of Dartmouth, NS both advanced to tomorrow’s final of the C1 1000 metre by making the top three in their semi-final. Oldershaw won his semi final in a time of 4:05.8. Russell was in the same semi and clocked 4:07.7 to take the third spot.

Canada put two crews through to the Women’s K2 500 metre final. KC Fraser of Toronto and Genevieve Beauchesne-Sévigny of Trois-Rivières, QC won their heat in a time of 1:49.6 to advance directly to the final. Alexa Irvin of Kentville, NS paired with Una Lounder of Dartmouth, NS to score their spot in the A-final with a second place finish and a time of 1:52.9 in the semi-final.

In the Women’s K1 500 metre, Michelle Russell of Waverley, NS qualified for the A-final while Émilie Fournel of Lachine, QC made the B-final. Russell finished second in her semi-final with a time of 1:57.0 and Fournel was fourth in her semi with a time of 2:02.6. Russell and Fournel will race their respective finals tomorrow and will also line up for heats in the K1 200 metre.

In K2 action, Adam van Koeverden and Brady Reardon, both of Oakville, ON clenched the third spot in the semi-final of the K2 1000 to put them into the A-final tomorrow. The crew also finished sixth in the semi-final of the K2 500 with a finishing time of 1:36.8 to advance to the B-final. van Koeverden and Reardon will both race K1 events at World Cup 3 in Poznan in two weeks’ time.

Andrew Jessop of Halifax and Rob Clarke of Mississauga, ON advanced to B-finals in both K2 events. Jessop and Clarke finished sixth in the K2 1000 metre semi-final with a time of 3:29.0 and fourth in the K2 500 semi-final with a time of 1:38.7.

Gabriel Beauchesne-Sevigny of Trois-Rivières, QC and Roland Varga of Richmond Hill, ON qualified for the A-finals in both the C2 1000 and C2 500 metre. Beauchesne-Sevigny and Varga scored a win in the semi-final of their C2 1000 with a time of 3:50.0 and finished third in their C2 500 metre heat to advance directly to the final.

Mark Klevinas and Jamie Andison of Oakville, ON finished fifth in the C2 1000 metre with a time of 4:04.2 to qualify for the B-final. The two will also join Pierre-Luc Laliberté of Pointe-Claire, QC and Paul Bryant of Richmond Hill, ON to race the C4 1000 tomorrow in a direct final.

The K4 1000 metre crew of Étienne Beauchesne, Steven Jorens, Philippe Duchesneau and Sam Roworth posted a sixth place result in their semi-final to advance to tomorrow’s B-final. Beauchesne of Trois-Rivières, QC; Jorens of Candiac, QC, Duchesneau of Sherbrooke, QC; and Roworth of Toronto finished the semi with a time of 3:08.8.

Richmond Hill’s Paul Bryant finished second in the C1 500 metre semi-final to take a spot in tomorrow’s A-final with a time of 1:55.7.

Hannah Vaughan of Dartmouth, NS will race the B-final tomorrow of the K1 1000 metre after a fourth place finish in the semi-final and a time of 4:22.3.

Finals will take place tomorrow morning and will be broadcast on Sportsnet at 11:30 a.m. EST. See broadcast schedule for details.

CanoeKayak Canada is the national governing body for competitive paddling in Canada. The organization’s vision is to be a Canadian sport for families, communities and champions. From supporting clubs to developing a competitive National Team, CanoeKayak Canada works to grow a sport which is a rich part of Canada’s heritage.

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Ian Miller

Communications and Marketing Officer, CanoeKayak Canada



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