Russell and Beauchesne-Sévigny land C2 silver at Copenhagen

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Ian Miller

Ben Russell & Gabriel Beauchesne-Sévigny(photo: Balint Vekassy)

COPENHAGEN, DENMARK – Ben Russell of Dartmouth, NS and Gabriel Beauchesne-Sévigny of Trois-Rivières, QC won a hard fought and significant silver medal in the Men’s C2 1000 metre today at the third and final ICF Canoe Sprint World Cup in Copenhagen.

The pair were just 0.292 of a second off the winning boat from Uzbekistan – a new crew that included C1 World Champion Vadim Menkov and Bubba Mibekov. The battle the crowd was fixated on was in lanes four and five at the centre of the course where Russell and Beauchesne-Sévigny dueled with the German crew of Kretsmer and Mueller throughout the whole race. Eventually the Canadian crew broke the Germans, who won gold at World Cup 2, with a beautifully executed race plan. They made a huge jump from their fourth place result last week in Duisburg.

The Germans are particularly strong in the C2 1000 and last week the crew that finished third today beat out their German countrymen, who won last year’s World Championships. With all the focus on Germany’s Kretsmer and Mueller today, Russell and Beauchesne-Sévigny will now have to turn their attention to Menkov and Mibekov at World Championships in Milan. The Uzbekistan crew surged late in the race, inching ahead on the final two strokes. Russell and Beauchesne-Sévigny end their World Cup tour with a bronze at World Cup 1 a fourth last week in Duisburg and today’s Silver.

Paul Bryant of Richmond Hill, ON and Craig Spence of Dartmouth, NS were in the same C2 1000m final and finished fourth.

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Andrew Jessop & Brian Malfesi (photo: Balint Vekassy)


In the Men’s K2 1000m, Andrew Jessop of Halifax, NS and Brian Malfesi of Maple Ridge, BC finished fifth. Olympic bronze medalist Mark Oldershaw of Burlington, ON placed sixth in the Men’s C1 1000m final. Four-time Olympic medalist Adam van Koeverden of Oakville, ON finished seventh in the final of the Men’s K1 1000m.

Canada had two boats in the Women’s K1 500m final. Michelle Russell of Waverley, NS finished eighth while Émilie Fournel finished ninth. Russell has also advanced to the final in the Women’s K1 200m after finishing second in her semi.

Genevieve Orton of Lake Echo, NS and Kathleen (KC) Fraser of Toronto, ON won the B-final in the Women’s K2 500m to rank tenth overall.

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) finished fourth in the K4 200m final. The same crew raced the K4 500m Olympic distance and advanced to the final with a third place finish in their semi.

Two Canadian crews won their semi-finals in the Men’s K2 200m to advance to tomorrow’s final. Étienne Morneau (Québec, QC), Hugues Fournel (Montréal, QC) had the fastest time in the K2 200 semi-finals. Marc-Alexandre Gagnon (Trois-Rivières, QC) and Ryan Cochrane (Windsor, NS) topped their semi. Several different crew combinations are being tested on the tour in the K2 200m.

Olympic bronze medalist Mark de Jonge of Halifax, NS finished second in his semi of the Men’s K1 200m to advance to the final. de Jonge won bronze last week in Duisburg and silver at World Cup 1.

Jason McCoombs (Dartmouth, NS) and Ben Tardioli (Ottawa, ON) both advanced in the Men’s C1 200m to put two Canadian boats in tomorrow’s A-final.

Mark de Jonge (Halifax, NS), Ryan Cochrane (Windsor, NS), Hugues Fournel (Montréal, QC) and Étienne Morneau (Québec, QC) won their heat in the Men’s K4 200m to advance to the final. The crew won gold in the event last week in Duisburg.

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. 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



Ben Russell (Dartmouth, NS), Gabriel Beauchesne-Sévigny (Trois-Rivières, QC) Men’s C2 1000m


Silver medal

Paul Bryant (Richmond Hill, ON),

Craig Spence (Dartmouth, NS)

Men’s C2 1000m 4th
Brian Malfesi (Maple Ridge, BC), Andrew Jessop (Halifax, NS) Men’s K2 1000m 5th
Mark Oldershaw (Burlington, ON) Men’s C1 1000m 6th
Adam van Koeverden (Oakville, ON) Men’s K1 1000m 7th
Michelle Russell (Waverley, NS) Women’s K1 500m 8th
Émilie Fournel (Montréal, QC) Women’s K1 500m 9th
Brady Reardon (Burlington, ON), Chris Mehak (Toronto, ON), Pierre-Luc Poulin (Lac Beauport, QC), Philippe Duchesneau (Sherbrooke, QC Men’s K4 1000m 9th
Genevieve Orton (Lake Echo, NS), Kathleen (KC) Fraser (Toronto, ON) Women’s K2 500m


Geneviève Beauchesne-Sévigny (Trois-Rivières, QC), Émilie Fournel (Montréal, QC), Kathleen (KC) Fraser (Toronto, ON), Hannah Vaughan (Dartmouth, NS) Women’s K4 200m 4th
Rob Clarke (Toronto, ON) Men’s K1 1000m 17th



Marc-Alexandre Gagnon (Trois-Rivières, QC), Ryan Cochrane (Windsor, NS) Men’s K2 200m

1st in semi

Advanced to A-final

Étienne Morneau (Québec, QC),Hugues Fournel (Montréal, QC) Men’s K2 200m

1st in semi

Advanced to A-final

Mark de Jonge (Halifax, NS) Men’s K1 200m

2nd in semi

Advanced to A-final

Ben Tardioli (Ottawa, ON) Men’s C1 200m

2nd in semi

Advanced to A-final

Jason McCoombs (Dartmouth, NS) Men’s C1 200m

3rd in heat

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 500m

3rd in semi

Advanced to A-final

Michelle Russell (Waverley, NS) Women’s K1 200m

2nd in semi

Advanced to A-final

Genevieve Orton (Lake Echo, NS) Women’s K1 200m

4th in semi

Advanced to B-final

Alex Scott (Bedford, NS) Men’s K1 200m

7th in semi

Advanced to B-final

Mark de Jonge (Halifax, NS), Ryan Cochrane (Windsor, NS), Hugues Fournel (Montréal, QC), Étienne Morneau (Québec, QC) Men’s K4 200

1st in heat

Advanced to A-final


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