Aug. 27, 2004

McMaster University student Adam van Koeverden wins bronze in Olympic kayaking

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McMaster's Adam van Koeverden holds up gold and bronze medals following the kayaking competition at the Olympics in Greece. Canada's first double medalist at this year's Olympics, van Koeverden won gold in the K1 500meter and bronze Friday in the k1000meter kayak race. (CP PHOTO/ Adrian Wyld)

Hamilton, ON - McMaster University student, Adam van Koeverden captured a bronze medal in the Men’s K1, 1,000 metre single kayak at the Olympic Games in Athens, Greece today.

He finished the race with a time of 3:28:218. Eirik Veraas Larsen of Norway won the gold, and defending world champion Ben Fouhy of New Zealand took the silver.

Adam is a 22-year-old McMaster Kinesiology student from Oakville, ON. He took the 2003/2004 year off of school to train for the Olympics. He will return to his studies in September.

Van Koeverden captured the Silver in K1, 1000 at the World Championships in Gainesville, US in September of 2003 and placed fourth in the same event at the World Cup in June. He has not been defeated by a Canadian in the K1, 1000 since the Olympic trails in 2000.

Van Koeverden has a chance at winning another medal. He will compete tomorrow in the K1, 500 metre single Kayak Finals.

He won Bronze at the K1, 500 metre event at the 2004 World Cup and 6th at the 2003 World Championships.

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