Monday, June 3, 2013

Heartbeat Highlights

Here are some of the Canadian highlights from the past week in sports:

New Canadian High Jump Record

Olympic bronze medallist, Derek Drouin broke the Canadian record in the high jump at the Prefontaine Classic. It's a shame that Canadian broadcasters weren't covering the Diamond League meet this past weekend. Although NBC showed a few of the jumpers, they didn't show Drouin's bronze medal performance (or I missed it).

Here's the video of his record-breaking jump:

Click here for his post event interview.

Sheila Reid posted a personal best time of 4:02.96 while coming in 6th in the 1500m final and reaching the A standard. It's her first time running faster than 4:07. Click here for the race video and here for an informative and entertaining post race interview.

In the 800m National final, Melissa Bishop finished 2nd reaching the B standard. Click here for the race video and here for the post-race interview.

CanoeKayak World Cup #3

The Canadian CanoeKayak team won thirteen medals this past weekend. It was wonderful to see the coverage on Sportsnet and see (in HD) our athletes who are on the road to Rio race against some of the best in the world.

You can watch the A Finals by clicking here, then choosing the individual races (or just let the videos play back to back). Unfortunately, women's canoe and 5000m races are not televised.

  • Ben Russell and Gabriel Beauchesne-Sévigny - Men's C2 1000m (race video)
  • Mark de Jonge - Men's K1 200m (race video)
  • Laurence Vincent-Lapointe - Women's C1 200m
  • Laurence Vincent-Lapointe and Sara-Jane Caumartin - Women's C2 500m
  • Gabriel Beauchesne-Sévigny - Men's C1 5000m
  • Geneviève Beauchesne-Sévigny and KC Fraser - K2 500m (race video)
  • Adam van Koeverden and Brady Reardon - K2 1000m (race video)
  • Gabriel Beauchesne-Sévigny and Pierre-Luc Laliberte - Men's C2 200m (race video)
  • Émilie Fournel - Women's K1 5000m
  • Étienne Beauchesne, Marshall Hughes, Philippe Duchesneau and Sam Roworth - Men's K4 1000m
  • Adam van Koeverden & Brady Reardon - Men's K2 500m
  • Geneviève Beauchesne-Sévigny, KC Fraser, Una Lounder and Émilie Fournel - Women's K4 500 (race video)
  • Geneviève Beauchesne-Sévigny and KC Fraser - Women's K2 200m (race video)
The Canadian K2 200m teams shook things up this past weekend.

At the World Cup #2, London 2012 team Ryan Cochrane and Hugues Fournel came in 7th in the K2-200m, one and a half seconds back from the winners from Russia. Etienne Morneau and Richard Dober Jr. were 3rd in the B Final.

This weekend, Cochrane teamed up with Morneau and Fournel teamed up with Dober Jr. Both teams made the A Final this time with Cochrane and Morneau winning their heat to go straight to the final. Fournel and Dober were second in their heat to the Russians then second to the Argentinians in the semi-final.

In the final it was the team of Fournel and Dober who would be the top Canadian team finishing 4th just over one second behind the powerful Russian team in a very close finish for 3rd with 0.2 seconds separating 3rd from 6th. Cochrane and Morneau could not duplicate their heat performance finishing 9th in the final.

Full Canadian results can be found here for Day1 and here for Day 2. The Canadian team are now coming back to Canada in preparation for Team Trials #2 being held in Welland on June 21-23.

Swimming U.S. Grand Prix

It was great to see our Canadian swimmers performing well at the U.S. Grand Prix in Santa Clara televised on Sportsnet on the weekend.

Top results included:

  • Audrey Lacroix - women's 200m butterfly
  • Ryan Cochrane, Alec Page, Keegan Zanatta and Jeremy Bagshaw - men's 4x200m freestyle relay
  • Katerine Savard - women's 100m butterfly
  • Alexa Komarnycky - women's 800m freestyle
  • Alexa Komarnycky - women's 400m freestyle
  • Hannah Riordan, Victoria Poon, Sandrine Mainville and Barbara Jardin - women's 4x100m freestyle
  • Hassaan Abdel-Khalik, Blake Worsley, Frank Despond, Aly Abdel-Khalik - men's 4x200m freestyle relay
  • Paige Schultz, Bridget Coley, Kennedy Goss and Heather Maitland women's 4x200m freestyle relay
  • Hiilary Caldwell - women's 200m backstroke
  • Ryan Cochrane - men's 400m freestyle
  • Ryan Cochrane - men's 800m freestyle
Full results can be found here.

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