The lightweight men's double of Doug Vandor (Dewittville, QC) and Morgan Jarvis (Winnipeg, MB) looked strong and in medal contention, until the finish when they were edged out by Denmark for the final medal position. France won in 6:22.78, followed by New Zealand in 6:24.32 and the Danes in 6:24.97. Canada's time was 6:25.18.
“We've been learning a lot this weekend,” explained Olympian Doug Vandor. “We were progressively getting better and it felt really strong this morning. We tried to take the best of our first race in the heat and the best of our second race, the semi, and combine them. The only place that we stumbled was the last 200 metres today, falling apart a bit. We were leading for most of the race; it's just learning how to hold onto that lead - stay composed under pressure and do what we have to do. I guess it's a good step forward, it's better to come fourth here than in two months time at the Olympics.”
“We are on track of reaching our medal potential goal,” said Peter Cookson, High Performance Director. “We've seen improvement in some of the boats, and with the weeks of solid training coming up, leading up to London, we will be in shape for the Games.”
Canada has seven boats qualified for the London 2012 Olympics. Most of the Canadian team will now head home to train, while the women’s eight will stay to train and compete in Europe.
– A nomination to the 2012 Olympic Games came down to one race and Jason McCoombs of Dartmouth, N.S., finished ahead of Aaron Rublee of Kamloops, B.C., to get the spot at a World Cup in Duisburg, Germany.
McCoombs finished sixth in the C-1 200 final clocking 41.415 seconds while Rublee took ninth spot in 41.727 seconds. Alfonso Benavides of Spain won the gold in 40.685.
“That race at the trials is what really gave me a lot of confidence,’’ said McCoombs. “That was the first time I had raced against those guys and it was the best race I’ve ever had. I was pretty nervous all this week but I always try to approach each race the same way.’’
In kayak, Hughes Fournel of Dorval, Que., and Ryan Cochrane of Windsor, N.S., took another step towards an Olympic nomination placing fifth in the K-2 200.
Canada can send only one K-2 team to the Games, and Fournel and Cochrane have posted better results the last two World Cups than K-2 1,000 pair Richard Dober Jr., of Trois-Rivieres, Que., and Steve Jorens of Candiac, Que.
“We came out to show that last weekend’s result was not a fluke,’’ said Cochrane, who earned the bronze with his partner in Poland last weekIn another Olympic event final, Dober Jr., was eighth in the K-1 200 final.
On Staurday, Olympic nominee Adam van Koeverden of Oakville, Ont., produced a second consecutive medal performance on the World Cup canoe and kayak circuit on Saturday earning silver in the K-1 1,000 metre.
The race was won by Aleh Yurenia of Belarus in three minutes and 26.286 seconds. van Koeverden, a bronze medallist last week in Poland, followed closely in 3:26.672 and Eirik Veraas Larsen of Norway was third in 3:26.906.
In a very fast men’s C-1 1,000 metre, Mark Oldershaw of Burlington, Ont., and Ben Russell of Dartmouth, N.S., were fourth and fifth. Oldershaw won the race last weekend to lock up his Olympic nomination. On Saturday he clocked a personal best time by three seconds at the distance finishing in 3:48.352. Sebastien Brendel of Germany was first in 3:46.677.
Montreal judoka Amy Cotton was crowned champion of the under-78 kg category at the Moscow Judo Grand Slam, while Whitby, Ont., native Kelita Zupancic took home a bronze medal in the under-70kg class.
Cotton, ranked 15th internationally, earned gold against Mongolia’s Lkhamdegd Purevjargal – ranked seventh in the world.
“Amy had three difficult competitors to face today and won each bout decisively, its clear she’s been working hard to come back after a difficult Winter,” said coach Nicolas Gill.
Zupancic, 17th in world rankings, beat Russia’s Ekaterina Dengenkova but was defeated in the semi-final by Brazil’s 10th-ranked Maria Portela.
“In the semi-final – against the eventual gold medallist – Kelita lost because of a Shido (penalty); that’s how tight the match was,” Gill said.
On Saturday, Sasha Mehmedovic and Sergio Pessoa Jr., both achieved fifth place rankings. Mehmedovic, 27, ranked 23rd in the world under-66 kg, was halted in the quarter-final by Uzbekistan’s Mirzahid Farmonov, himself ranked 27th in the world.