Olympic bronze medallist Mark Oldershaw of Burlington, Ont., kicked off his 2014 international competition season by winning a bronze medal in the 1,000-metre canoe event Saturday at the first ICF Canoe Sprint World Cup stop of the season in Milan, Italy.
Germany's Sebastian Brendal won gold while Brazil's Isaqu Queiroz Dos Santos earned silver.
"I feel really good. It was the first race of the season, I'm just kind of testing out the legs and seeing what I've got and I was happy with my race," said Oldershaw. "I love racing World Cups, I love racing the best in the World and the World Cups are the place to do that."
Oldershaw also raced the 200 metres to train his speed and got through to the A-final with a third place result in the semifinal.
Adam van Koeverden of Oakville, Ont., finished fourth in the kayak 1,000 metres. The four-time Olympic medallist is back to racing K1 1000 internationally after some recovery time to focus on doubles kayak last season.
In canoe 1,000 metre doubles, Ben Russell of Dartmouth, N.S. and Gabriel Beauchesne-Sevigny of Trois-Rivieres, Que., placed fifth and were just 2.66 seconds off the winner in a tight final.
Emilie Fournel of Lachine, Que., placed second in the B-final of the K1 500 to rank eleventh overall.
Hugues Fournel of Lachine and Etienne Morneau of Quebec City broke in the 2014 international racing season by placing third in their K2 200 metre semi-final to successfully qualify for Sunday's final.