According to the Canadian Press on Saturday, Canadian Olympic bronze medalist Mark Oldershaw of Burlington, Ontario won a silver medal at a World Cup canoeing event in Racice, Czech Republic. Oldershaw posted a time of 3:59.956 in the men's 1000m canoeing competition and was 0.846 back of German gold medalist Sebastian Brendel.
Oldershaw, who won a bronze medal in the men's 1000m canoeing event at the 2012 Olympic Games in London, has now won three medals to start the 2014 International Canoe Federation World Cup season. He also won a silver medal in the men's 500m canoeing competition and a bronze medal in the men's 1000m canoeing competition at the opening World Cup in Milan, Italy two weeks ago.
Due to the positive result on Saturday, Oldershaw is looking to be a strong medal contender for Canada at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. However, it will be interesting to see how Oldershaw will adjust to the heat that is almost certain to exist in Brazil two years from now.
Ben Russell of Dartmouth, Nova Scotia and Gabriel Beauchesne-Sevigny also won a bronze medal for Canada on Saturday in the men's C2 1000m World Cup event in Racice. Russell and Beauchesne-Sevigny posted a time of 3:44.866. Yul Oelze and Ronald Verch of Germany won the World Cup race with a time of 3:43.212 with Jaroslav Radon and Filip Dvorak of the Czech Republic in second place with a time of 3:43.973.
According to CBC Sports, Oldershaw is also competing in 200m events to work on his speed. There is significant controversy with international canoeing because canoeing is open to men at the Olympic Games but not women. Only kayaking events are open to women.