Canadian sprint paddlers advance to finals

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COPENHAGEN, DENMARK – The third and final ICF Canoe Sprint World Cup got under way today in Copenhagen, Denmark and six Canadian boats have qualified for A-finals. While last week’s World Cup in Duisburg was the most well attended of the three World Cups, a total of 31 countries are in Denmark with many of the top names competing.

Canada will have two athletes in the A-final of the Women’s K1 500 metre. Both Michelle Russell (Waverley, NS) and Émilie Fournel (Montréal, QC) placed third in their semi-finals to qualify. Russell raced the K1 500m final in Duisburg last week and finished seventh in a very competitive field.

Adam van Koeverden of Oakville, ON finished third in his semi of the Men’s K1 1000m to claim a spot in tomorrow’s A-final. van Koeverden is a four-time Olympic medalist and won silver in the K1 1000m at the London 2012 Olympic Games.

Brian Malfesi (Maple Ridge, BC) and Andrew Jessop (Halifax, NS) were second in the Men’s K2 1000m semi-final and have advanced to the A-final.

The Men’s K4 1000m crew of Brady Reardon (Burlington, ON), Chris Mehak (Toronto, ON), Pierre-Luc Poulin (Lac Beauport, QC), and Philippe Duchesneau (Sherbrooke, QC) took third place in their semi to advance to the A-final.

The Women’s K4 crew of Geneviève Beauchesne-Sévigny (Trois-Rivières, QC), Émilie Fournel (Montréal, QC), Kathleen (KC) Fraser (Toronto, ON) and Hannah Vaughan (Dartmouth, NS) won their heat in the K4 200m to advance directly to the A-final. The same crew will race the K4 500m Olympic distance with heats starting tomorrow.

A full compilation of Canadian results is shown below. World Cup 3 wraps up on Sunday to conclude the three-stop tour.

Summary of Results

Athlete Event Result
Michelle Russell (Waverley, NS) Women’s K1 500m

3rd in semi

Advanced to A-final

Émilie Fournel (Montréal, QC) Women’s K1 500m

3rd in semi

Advanced to A-final

Adam van Koeverden (Oakville, ON) Men’s K1 1000m

3rd in semi

Advanced to A-final

Brian Malfesi (Maple Ridge, BC), Andrew Jessop (Halifax, NS) Men’s K2 1000m

2nd in semi

Advanced to A-final

Brady Reardon (Burlington, ON), Chris Mehak (Toronto, ON), Pierre-Luc Poulin (Lac Beauport, QC), Philippe Duchesneau (Sherbrooke, QC Men’s K4 1000m

3rd in semi

Advanced to A-final

Geneviève Beauchesne-Sévigny (Trois-Rivières, QC), Émilie Fournel (Montréal, QC), Kathleen (KC) Fraser (Toronto, ON), Hannah Vaughan (Dartmouth, NS) Women’s K4 200m

1st in heat

Advanced to A-final

Genevieve Orton (Lake Echo, NS), Kathleen (KC) Fraser (Toronto, ON) Women’s K2 500m

4th in semi

Advanced to B-final

Rob Clarke (Toronto, ON) Men’s K1 1000m

8th in semi

Advanced to B-final

Adam van Koeverden (Oakville, ON) Men’s K1 500m

4th in semi

Advanced to B-final

Rob Clarke (Toronto, ON) Men’s K1 1000m

7th in semi

Advanced to B-final

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