Team Canada has won its 23rd medal at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo in 2021. Laurence Vincent-Lapointe of Trois-Rivieres, Quebec, and Katie Vincent of Mississauga, Ontario won the bronze medal in the women’s pairs canoeing 500 metre competition.
Vincent-Lapointe and Vincent posted a time of 1:59.041. Shixiao Xu and Mengya Sun of China won the gold medal with a time of 1:55.495. Liudmyla Luzan and Anastasiia Chetverikova of the Ukraine won the silver medal with a time of 1:57.499. The Canadians earned a medal by .902 seconds over Lisa Jahn and Sophie Koch of Germany, who had a time of 1:59.943.
It was an excellent start for Vincent-Lapointe and Vincent, who took the early lead. In the middle of the race they seemed to struggle a bit, and moved out of a podium spot, before they were able to catch up and pass the Germans.
Vincent-Lapointe and Vincent previously won the gold medal together in the women’s C-2 500 metre competition at the 2017 World Canoeing Championships in Racine, Czech Republic, and the 2008 World Canoeing Championships in Montemor-o-Velho, Portugal. This was Vincent-Lapointe’s second Olympic medal at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo as she previously won a silver medal in the women’s C1-200 metres.
Canada has now won 23 medals at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. That is the second most medals Canada has ever won at a single Olympic Summer Games. The record was 44 medals at the 1984 Olympic Games in Los Angeles.