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Van Koeverden, four Canadian boats advance in Poland

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The Canadian Press
5/18/2012 8:27:56 PM
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POZNAN, Poland -- Olympic medallist Adam van Koeverden moved on to the K1 1,000-metre final as five boats from the Canadian CanoeKayak team advanced at the season-opening Sprint World Cup event.

Van Koeverden, the reigning world champion in the discipline, finished the K1 1,000 semifinal in three minutes 50.1 seconds. The native of Oakville, Ont., will line up for the A-final Saturday against some notable competitors including Germany's Max Hoff and Norway's Eirik Veraas Larsen.

Van Koeverden has already earned a spot on Canada's Olympic team.

Mark Oldershaw of Burlington, Ont., and Benjamin Russell of Dartmouth, N.S., both advanced to the final of the C1 1,000-metre canoe race.

Oldershaw was the winner in the event at Canadian Team Trials two weeks ago and could lock up the Olympic nomination by beating Russell on Friday.

Russell will need to place better than Oldershaw in Friday's final and at the World Cup next week to take the spot for London.

Oldershaw won his semifinal today in a time of 4:22.7. Russell placed third in a different semifinal with a time of 4:20.0.

Emilie Fournel of Lachine, Que., advanced to the final in the women's K1 500-metre kayak race. She placed second in her semifinal with a time of 2:06.3.

In the men's C2 1,000 doubles canoe race, Roland Varga and Paul Bryant of the Richmond Hill Canoe Club got themselves through to the final with a second place finish in their semifinal. The crew clocked a time of 4:00.9.

Adam Van Koeverden  (Photo: Jacobsohn/Getty Images)

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(Photo: Jacobsohn/Getty Images)
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