Halifax paddler Mark de Jonge snags silver in Germany
Dartmouth's Ben Russell and Jason McCoombs help relay team win bronze
Halifax paddler Mark de Jonge captured a silver medal at the ICF Canoe Sprint World Championships in Germany on Sunday.
De Jonge, whose home club is Maskwa on Kearney Lake, was representing Canada in the K-1 200-metre event.
He just missed the gold finishing 0.03 seconds behind the winner from Sweden.
"The race went really well. I executed my race plan just the way I wanted. I just warmed up, ready to go. I don't think I could have done much better. I'm sure I could have found [three one-hundredths] of a second better if I really looked into it, but I'm happy with the way that I raced today," said the paddler.
"It's a little bit frustrating being so close to becoming a world champion, but it will keep me interested for next year."
De Jonge said he's looking forward to going home to "chill out for a bit and recover."
De Jonge won a bronze medal at last year's Olympics in London after being away from the sport for two years. He said he's eyeing the 2016 Olympic games in Brazil.
He wasn't the only Bluenoser to make the podium. Dartmouth's Ben Russell and Jason McCoombs were half of Canada's entry in the Mens C-1 200 metre relay.
The team finished third behind Russia and host country Germany.