Friday, 11 May 2012

No surprises at Canada trials. Adam van Koeverden nominated for the K1 1.000 at London Olympics

The Olympic and World Champion Adam van Koeverden met the criteria to be nominated for the K1 1.000 to compete for Canada at the Summer Olympic Games of London 2012. In the first Canada National Trials, curiously held at lake Lanier (Georgia, USA), home of the 19996 Atlanta Olympic Games, the one from Oakville beated all his rivals in the final by more of 4 seconds.

“I had a good race today,” said van Koeverden of Oakville, ON. “It was my first race of the year so there’s lots of fine tuning to do. I’m going to sit down with my coach now and talk to him about what to work on for training.” The race course has a bit of special meaning for van Koeverden. Decorated with memories of the 1996 Olympics, it was the site where he first made the podium at the Senior World Championships in 2003 with a second place finish in K1 1.000.

With a strong headwind, van Koeverden stopped the clock on 3'47"6, followed by Steven Jorens with 3'51"9 and Brady Reardon with 3'54"5.

Now, with the rest of the Canadian team, he is heading Europe to paddle at the three World Cups to celebrate in the next three weeks at Poznan, Duisburg and Moscow, as a part of his preparation, as no other paddler can now take his spot for London. “Those races are important for me, as they will give me more indications of what I should work on for the final eight or seven weeks of preparation before London. Really I’m just focused on London,” van Koeverden explained.

He was the only paddler who could get the direct place for london at this first national trial. The women have no olympic berth yet, so in case they get one at the world cups it will be for the best of three races between Émilie Fournel and Kathleen Fraser, first and second in the K1 500 at this first trial.

About the canoeists, the C1 1.000 will be in play during European world cups between the to first paddlers in the trials, Mark Oldershaw and Ben Russell. In 200 metres, the C1 was the closest race of the weekend, where Aaron Rublee beated closely Jason McCoombs, second, and Richard Dalton, third. Being this last one who got the olympic berth last autumn at the Panamerican Games, there was then an off-race between him and McCoombs to determinate who was going with Rublee to the world cup team. In a photo finish final, it was set that McCoombs had won by just 1 thousand of a second, leaving Dalton without his olympic dream. Now, to be the representative at the Games, McCoombs will need to beat Rublee at all the world cups, while this last one would need just one victory.

In the K2, Canada has got the right to bring just one boat to london, so they will need to choose between the 200 and the 1.000. Ryan Cochrane and Hugues Fournel in 200 and Richard Dober Jr and Steven Jorens in 1.000 will be the defenders in Europe and then the coaches will have to decide whch one could have more medal options. The full team going to Europe is as follows:

2012 Canada World Cup Team

Men’s Kayak Hometown Club
Adam van Koeverden Oakville, ON Burloak
Brady Reardon Burlington, ON Burloak
Richard Dober Jr. Trois-Rivières, QC Lac-Beauport
Steve Jorens Candiac, QC Lac-Beauport
Chris Mehak Toronto, ON Burloak
Philippe Duchesneau Montréal, QC Pointe-Claire
Rhys Hill Ottawa, ON Rideau
Hugues Fournel Montréal, QC Lachine
Ryan Cochrane Windsor, NS Lachine
Connor Taras Waverley, NS Banook
Austin Denman Dartmouth, NS Banook

Men’s Canoe

Mark Oldershaw Burlington, ON Burloak
Ben Russell Dartmouth, NS Banook
Aaron Rublee Kamloops, BC Burloak
Jason McCoombs Dartmouth, NS Banook
Roland Varga Richmond Hill, ON Richmond Hill
Paul Bryant Richmond Hill, ON Richmond Hill

Women’s Kayak

Émilie Fournel Montréal, QC Lachine
Kathleen (KC) Fraser Oakville, ON Balmy Beach
Geneviève Beauchesne-Sévigny Trois-Rivières, QC Trois-Rivières
Nicole Brown Waverely, NS Cheema
Lissa Bissonnette Sherbrooke, QC Pointe-Claire
Michelle Russell Waverely, NS Cheema
Alexa Irvin Kentville, NS Maskwa

Women’s Canoe

Laurence Vincent-Lapointe Trois-Rivières, QC Trois-Rivières
Mallorie Nicholson Oakville, ON Burloak

The final decision on the team that will go to the Olympics will be published after the second national trials, to be held at Montreal from 22 to 24 June.

At this link you can check the full results of this first trial.

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