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World champions Adam van Koeverden of Oakville, Ont., and Laurence Vincent-Lapointe of Trois-Rivieres, Que., won multiple events at the 2011 Canadian Sprint CanoeKayak Championships on Friday.

Vincent-Lapointe, 19, was a double gold medallist last week at the worlds in Hungary and followed that up with victories in the women's C-1 500 and 1,000 metres at the senior level, and also won the junior C-1 200.

Van Koeverden, who won the K-1 1,000 at the worlds, was victorious in the same event on Friday and also combined forces with Chris Pellini of Oakville for top spot in the K-2 1,000.

Other senior level winners included Mark Oldershaw of Burlington, Ont., Paul Bryant and Roland Varga of Richmond Hill, Ont., in the C-2 500 and 1,000; Ottawa's Rideau Canoe Club in the C-4 1,000 and Oakville's Burloak Club in the C-4 1,000.

In women's races, Jillian D'Alessio of Middle Sackville, N.S., took first place in the K-1 500, the Burloak Club won the C-4 500, Lizzy Bates and Tamlyn Bohm of Toronto were victorious in the K-2 500; Hannah Vaughan of Dartmouth, N.S., was first in the K-1 200.

This week's competition has attracted 1,111 paddlers from 42 clubs across Canada. The Welland International Flatwater Centre will also host the world junior championships in 2012 and be the site for sprint paddling event at the 2015 Pan Am Games.

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