De Jonge captures silver at canoe worlds

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Metro Halifax and the Canadian Press

HALIFAX - Mark de Jonge of Halifax won a silver medal in the K1 200 metres as Canada won four medals on the final day of the ICF canoe sprint world championships in Duisburg, Germany.

Sweden's Petter Oestroem, left, wins the K1 200m final after a photo finish against Halifax's Mark de Jonge, right, during the Canoe Sprint World Championships in Duisburg, Germany.

De Jonge finished just 0.03 of a second behind Sweden’s Petter Ostrom.

“I’m happy with my result,” said de Jonge on Sunday. “It’s a little bittersweet coming 0.03 of a second from being world champion but I’m happy with the way I raced. I executed my race plan exactly the way I wanted and I can’t ask for anything better than that.”

It was the first career world championship medal for de Jonge, who won bronze at the London Olympics last year.

As well on Sunday, Ben Russell and Jason McCoombs, both of Dartmouth, won bronze in the men’s canoe relay team, which also included Mark Oldershaw of Burlington, Ont., and Gabriel Beauchesne-Sevigny of Trois-Rivieres.

In other results involving Nova Scotians, the women’s K4 500-metre crew that included Hannah Vaughan of Dartmouth finished sixth.

Ryan Cochrane of Windsor and Richard Dober Jr. of Trois-Rivieres were eighth in the K2 200 metres.

Dartmouth’s Una Lounder was 17th in the women’s K1 5,000.


Organizations: London Olympics

Geographic location: Dartmouth, Sweden, Trois-Rivieres Burlington

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