Off-day for Canada at world canoe/kayak

Olympic bronze medallist Thomas Hall of Pointe-Claire, Que., earned one of three seventh place finishes posted by Canadian paddlers on Saturday at the world canoe and kayak championships at Poznan, Poland.

Olympic bronze medallist Thomas Hall of Pointe-Claire, Que., earned one of three seventh place finishes posted by Canadian paddlers on Saturday at the world canoe and kayak championships at Poznan, Poland.

Hall, who won his Olympic bronze in the C-1 (canoe singles) 1,000-metre, took seventh spot in the 5,000-metre clocking 24 minutes and 24 seconds. He also helped Canada to seventh in the C-4 1,000 with Ben Russell of Dartmouth, N.S., Jamie Andison of Oakville, Ont., and Ian Mortimer of Ottawa.

The other seventh place finish was earned by Andrew Russell of Dartmouth and Gabriel Beauchesne-Sevigny of Trois-Rivieres, Que., in the C-2 1,000.

Mark Oldershaw of Oakville, Ont., was eighth in the C-1 1,000 final and Corey Hamilton of Ottawa eighth in the K-1 (kayak singles) 5,000.

Three-time Olympic medallist Adam Van Koeverden of Oakville won the K-1 1,000 B final. He'll be chasing for gold in Sunday's 500 final.

In the 200 heats and semis, Ryan Cochrane of Windsor, N.S., and Hughes Fournel of Lachine, Que., won their semifinal heat with the fifth fastest time overall to advance to the final.

"We were really happy with our race and we are going for the win in the final," said Cochrane. "The start was crucial and we nailed it. For us every time we race it just gets better and better and we want to continue that trend."

Richard Dalton is headed to the C-1 200 final after winning his semi with the fourth fastest time of the day.

"A spot in the final in the 200 is never a guarantee and I'm really pleased to head to the final with one of the best times," said Dalton. "The final for me will be all about relaxing. Today I was a bit anxious at the start and overexerted myself.

"My closing 100 metres was very strong, now I just want to have more speed at the beginning."

Competition ends Sunday.