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Canadian Canoe/Kayak Olympic Trials: Hopefuls one step closer to Olympics
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The team of Angus Mortimer, Ryhe Hill, Brady Reardon and Chris Pellani finished the men’s K-4 1,000-meter event in 3 minutes, 10.384 seconds on Sunday, putting the team one step closer to the Summer Olympics in Beijing and concluding the Canadian Olympic Trials at Lanier Canoe and Kayak Center.

The day started with the women’s K-4 500-meter race, which was won by the team of Emilie Fournel, Karen Furneaux, Genevieve Beauchesne-Sevigny and Kristin Gauthier with a time of 1:35.941.

Adam Vanhoeverden finished first in the men’s K-1 500-meter with a time of 1:46.59, which barely beat Mortimer’s time of 1:49.68.

Kia Byers won the women’s version of the K-1 event with a time of 2:03.825, while Marie-Christine Schmidt placed second with a time of 2:05.68).

In the men’s C-1 500-meter final, Mark Oldershaw (1:58.077) edged out Thomas Hill (1:58.885) to win the race.

The team of Richard Dober Jr. and Andrew Willows won the men’s K-2 500-meter race (1:36.147).
Gauthier and Mylanie Barre finished first in the women’s K-2 500 with a time of 1:51.746.

In the men’s C-2 500-meter race, the team of Andrew Russell and Gabriel Beauchesne-Sevigny (1:50.88) finished first.

This weekend’s winners advance to the Continental Olympic qualifier in Montreal where they must earn the Canadian berth at Beijing by winning their race or finishing as the fastest boat not already qualified for the Olympics.

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