Laurence Vincent Lapointe, Katie Vincent advance to canoe semifinals

Canadians Laurence Vincent Lapointe and Katie Vincent are in to the semifinals in the women's C1, 200-metre, winning their heat races Wednesday in Tokyo.

Both Canadians win respective heats in women's C1 200m

Canada's Laurence Vincent Lapointe paddling in her heat race of the C1 200m. (Yara Nardi/Reuters)

Canadian medal-hopeful Laurence Vincent Lapointe is in to the semifinals in the women's C1 200m, winning her heat race handedly in her Olympic debut on Tuesday.

Vincent Lapointe, a 13-time world champion from Trois-Rivières, Que., got off to a strong start in her heat and never looked back finishing in 45.408 seconds.

WATCH | Vincent Lapointe victorious in heat:

Laurence Vincent Lapointe wins C1 200m heat, advances to semifinals

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Laurence Vincent Lapointe from Trois-Rivières, Que., books a spot in the semifinals of the women's C1 200m with a time of 45.408 seconds. 3:23

Compatriot Katie Vincent from Mississauga, Ont., also made the semifinal in the event, winning her heat in 46.391 seconds. 

The semifinals are set to begin Thursday at 8:44 p.m. ET.

WATCH | Vincent advances to semifinals:

Katie Vincent advances straight to semifinals with victory in heat

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Katie Vincent from Mississauga, Ont., reaches the semifinals in the women's C1 200m with a time of 46.391 seconds. 3:12

de Jonge, Matveev into quarter-finals

Halifax's Mark de Jonge struggled in his first race of the Tokyo Games.

The 2012 bronze medallist finished in fourth place in his heat of the men's K1 200m, moving into the quarter-finals — which serves as a repechage as the top two boats in the heat races move to the semifinals.

In the earlier heat, Toronto's Nicholas Matveev finished in fourth place in the five-boat heat, finishing in 36.190 seconds, moving into the quarter-final repechage.

The quarter-finals get underway at 11:08 p.m. ET.

Meanwhile in the women's K1 500m, Michelle Russell of Fall River, N.S., finished her heat race in one minute, 51.081 seconds, good for fourth place and a spot in the quarter-finals.

Russell, who finished fourth in the 'B' final of the K1 200m on Tuesday, said she placed more focus on the 500m event.

In the final heat race of the day, the C2 1,000m team of Brian Malfesi of Maple Ridge, B.C., and Vincent Jourdenais from Saint-Basile-le-Grand, Que., finished in sixth place in three minutes, 22.068 seconds, for a quarter-final berth.

WATCH | For Laurence Vincent Lapointe, family comes first:

For Laurence Vincent Lapointe, family comes first

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Laurence Vincent Lapointe, from Trois-Rivières, Quebec, says growing up in the small town was like having a big family. 3:05

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