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De Jonge wins silver medal at World Cup in Hungary

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According to the International Canoe Federation website, Mark de Jonge of Calgary, Alberta won a silver medal in a men's 200m kayaking World Cup competition in Szeged, Hungary on Sunday. De Jonge posted a time of 35.125 to win his second medal in two weeks.

De Jonge was only 0.168 seconds back of gold medalist Miklos Dudas of Hungary. Dudas posted a winning time of 34.957. Petter Menning of Sweden won the bronze medal with a time of 35.329.

De Jonge won a gold medal at a World Cup in Racice, Czech Republic on March 18. De Jonge beat out Liam Heath of Great Britain by .033 seconds to win last week's race. Heath only participated in the men's 200m kayaking event at the World Cup in Szeged and finished in second place with Jonathan Schofield.

It is interesting to note that De Jonge actually posted a faster time in Szeged even though he was second this time in Hungary. De Jonge was .058 seconds faster than his gold medal winning time in the Czech Republic.

For Menning, it was his second consecutive bronze medal as he placed behind De Jonge and Heath in the Czech Republic. The fact that De Jonge has now won medals two consecutive weeks should give him confidence that he is able to produce consistent results on the world stage.

The 2014 International Canoe Federation Canoe Sprint World Championships are in Moscow, Russia from August 20-24. However De Jonge's major focus is the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. De Jonge won a bronze medal in the men's 200m canoeing competition at the 2012 Olympic Games in London.

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