Aug 08, 2012
By Jane Brown
Canadian athletes have won two more medals at the London Summer Games! First it was Kayaker Adam van Koeverden. The reining world champ from Oakville won the silver medal in the K-1 one thousand metre final. This was a bit of a disappointment for van Koeverden who was expected to win gold. The 30 year old Canadian was passed by Norway’s Eirik Larsen in the last 250 metres of the race.
Today’s second medal for Canada belongs to canoeist Mark Oldershaw of Burlington, who paddled his way to bronze in the men’s C-1 one thousand. It’s his first Olympic medal, and was cheered on by members of the Burloak Canoe Club in Oakville, who got up extra early this morning to watch the event live. Oldershaw is the third generation in his family to reach the finals of the Olympics in canoe racing. His grandfather placed fifth in the 1948 London Olympics.
Today’s silver medal for Adam van Koeverden and the bronze for Mark Oldershaw raise Canada’s total to 13 medals — one gold, four silver and eight bronze.