Canada adds to medal count on final day of canoe worlds

Canada's Andrew Willows and Richard Dober Jr. won themselves a bronze in the men's K2 200-metre final at the world canoe championships on Lake Banook in Dartmouth, N.S. on Sunday.

Canada picked up two bronze medals during the final day of competition at the world canoe championships on Lake Banook in Dartmouth, N.S. on Sunday, while Canadian women continued to dominate exhibition canoe races.

Andrew Willows, of Gananoque, Ont., and Richard Dober Jr. of Trois Rivières, Que., won bronze in the men's K2 200-metre final, while the women's K1 4 x 200-metre relay team took bronze in their final later in the day.

Willows and Dover Jr. finished in 32.653, four-tenths off the gold and silver medal positions, as Belarus won over Spain by a mere two-thousandths of a second. The Belarussians clocked in at 32.229, while the Spaniards finished in 32.231.

Kia Byers of Regina, Emilie Fournel of Dorval, Que., Genevieve Orton of  Lake Echo, N.S., and Karen Furneaux of Waverley, N.S. won bronze in the K1 4 x 200 relay with a time of 2:54.638, seven tenths ahead of fourth-place Sweden.

The German team won the race by almost a second over the Hungarians, clocking in at 2:50.806. Canada finished nearly four seconds off Germany's pace.

Van Koeverden finishes 5th

Earlier in the day, Adam Van Koeverden of Oakville, Ont., was fifth in the men's K1 500-metre final.

The 27-year-old, who is still recovering from a broken ankle, already had a bronze medal to his name after a solid performance in the men's K1 1,000-metre final on Saturday.

Ronald Rauhe of Germany and Sweden's Anders Gustafsson battled hard for the gold, with the German coming out on top by only seven hundredths of a second. Ken Wallace of Australia won bronze.

Van Koeverden, true to form, started fast and put pressure on his rivals in the early going of the race. He had a slim lead at the halfway mark, but couldn't hang on as the pace quickened in the final 100 metres.

Gustafsson, who trained with Van Koeverden in the lead-up to the worlds, also won silver in the men's K1 1,000-metre final on Saturday.

Mark Oldershaw of Burlington, Ont., finished fifth in the men's C1 500-metre final. Dzianis Harazha won gold by a very slim margin, three-hundredths of a second over Nikolay Lipkin of France. Fellow Frenchman Mathieu Goubel won bronze.

Oldershaw finished fourth in the men's C1 1,000-metre final on Saturday.

Marks & Halavrezos win 2 gold

Canadian pair Jenna Marks and Maria Halavrezos won two exhibition events in front their hometown crowd on Sunday.

Halavrezos and Marks blew away their rivals on the way to victory in the women's C2 500-metre final, and later on made an encore performance in the women's C2 200-metre final.

The pair, who both hail from Dartmouth, were almost eight seconds ahead of the second place boat from Great Britain in the C2 500-metre race.

More of the same happened in the 200-metre sprint. Halavrezos and Marks won the race handily, finishing in 48.399, 2½ seconds better than Ecuador in second and Great Britain in third.

The women's C2 500-metre and C2 200-metre events are exhibition sports at the championships, along with the women's C1 200-metre and C1 500-metre races. If they ever become part of the Olympic program, expect Canada to make some noise, as all four races were won by Canadian women.

The Canadian team closed out the worlds with three bronze medals in regular races, and four first-place finishes in exhibition events.