Saturday, August 15, 2009

Canada's Adam Van Koeverden Nabs Bronze at the 2009 Canoe Sprint World Championships

Canada's Adam van Koeverden paddled his way to a bronze medal in the men's K1 1,000-metre final on Saturday morning at the 2009 Canoe Sprint World Championships on Lake Banook in Dartmouth, N.S. It was an incredibly tight race. The gold medal winner was Germany's Max Hoff who finished with a time of 3:29.425. Sweden's Anders Gustafsson took the silver medal finishing at 3:30.976. Van Koeverden clocked in at 3:31.285!

"The 27-year-old Van Koeverden started strong and led at the 500-metre mark, but he was caught by Gustafsson with 250 metres to go. That's when Hoff made his move, passing both to take gold." Van Koeverden broke his ankle earlier in the summer but that didn't deter him from striving to do his best. In fact, the three-time Olympic medallist, is very proud of the bronze medal. He told CBC Sports, "I don't think I'm more proud of any other bronze medal, or any silver medal. I don't feel like I won, but I feel like I'm victorious in my own right today."

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