Canada’s Katie Vincent wins first career sprint canoe world title
Canadian sprint canoeist Katie Vincent won gold at the world championships on Sunday in the women’s C1 200 meters.
The 25-year-old from Misissauga, Ont., Edged Spain’s Antia Jacome and Poland’s Dorota Borowska in Copenhagen, Denmark, to win the Canadian’s first career medal at the world championships.
Vincent teamed up with Laurence Vincent-Lapointe to win an Olympic bronze medal in C2 last month in Tokyo.
Vincent edged Jacome two and a half tenths in Sunday’s final after setting the fastest semi-final time of almost a second.
“All of this hard work over the past few years to get there, and now I’m looking forward to the future,” Vincent told canoeicf.com.
“I really feel like this is the start. There is a long way to go for me. I am really looking forward to the world championships next year at home, being the reigning world champion added at a home world championship will be super exciting. “
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Vincent-Lapointe, who won silver in C1 in Tokyo, has won six of the last eight world titles, but has not competed in Copenhagen.
Katie Vincent also competed in the women’s 500 meters final on Sunday and placed sixth.
“I have had ups and downs since Tokyo,” said Vincent. “There were a lot of emotions and things to deal with, and there always are. It kept me going and I reconnected with my love for the sport.”