Laurence Vincent-Lapointe of Trois-Rivieres, Quebec won two gold medals this past weekend at a World Cup in canoeing in Szeged, Hungary. Vincent-Lapointe won gold in the women’s C2 500 metre event with Katie Vincent of Mississauga, Ontario on Saturday and then won gold in the women’s C1 200 metre event with Vincent winning bronze. The women’s C1 200 metre event and the women’s C2 500 metre event will be full medal events at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo for the first time.
In the women’s C2 500 metres on Saturday, Vincent-Lapointe and Vincent had a winning time of 1:53.513. Yanan Ma and Mengya Sun of China won the silver medal with a time of 1:54.13. Kincso Takacs and Virag Balla of Hungary won the bronze medal with a time of 1:55.941. Vincent-Lapointe and Vincent reached the podium by 5.323 seconds over Irina Andreeva and Olesia Romasenko of Russia, who were fourth with a time of 1:58.836.
In the women’s C1 200 metres on Sunday, Vincent-Lapointe had a winning time of 44.504 seconds, which broke her own world record in the event which was recently set at the 2018 Canadian Canoe Kayak Team Sprint Trials in Gainesville, Georgia with a time of 45.35 seconds. Romasenko won the silver medal with a time of 45.66 seconds and Vincent’s bronze medal winning time was 45.737 seconds. Vincent-Lapointe reached the podium by 1.867 seconds over Andreeva, who finished in fourth place with a time of 46.371 seconds. Vincent reached the podium by 0.634 seconds.
The world’s best sprint canoeists will next compete in Duisburg, Germany from May 25 to 27. Meanwhile, Canada will now host the 2022 World Sprint Canoeing Championships with Dartmouth, Nova Scotia as the host site. The event will be a major preparation for the 2024 Olympic Games in Paris.