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Canada's Cochrane and Fournel third at paddling World Cup

The Canadian Press

5/20/2012 12:51:20 PM

POZNAN, Poland - Ryan Cochrane of Windsor, N.S., and Hughes Fournel of Dorval, Que., helped their Olympic nomination hopes on Sunday by winning the bronze medal in the kayak doubles 200-metre race as the canoe and kayak World Cup.

In the men's K-2 200, one of 12 races on this summer's Olympic program, Arnaud Hybois and Sebastien Jouve of France were the winners in 33.432 seconds. Britain's Liam Heath and Jonathan Schofield were second at 33.820 with Cochrane and Fournel third at 33.860.

It was the first international medal for the Canadian pair. They can lock up an Olympic nomination with another strong performance at next weekend's World Cup.

"We couldn't ask for more with so many good crews out there," said Fournel in a statement. "I wasn't sure we were in the medals in the end but I knew we had a good race. I still can't believe we got on the podium."

Added Cochrane: "We had a few things we wanted to improve from our earlier races here and we did that. We were out of the gates fast and were where we wanted to be at the halfway point. It was hard ending but it was enough."

In other Olympic events, Ottawa's Rhys Hill and Richard Dober of Trois-Rivieres, Que., were fifth and seventh respectively in the K-1 200 while Jason McCoombs of Dartmouth, N.S., and Genevieve Beauchesne-Sevigny of Trois-Rivieres were both eighth in the C-1 200 and women's K-1 200 respectively.