Canada's Laurence Vincent Lapointe wins silver in canoe sprint

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Laurence Vincent Lapointe of Trois-Rivieres, Que., celebrates after capturing silver in the women's canoe single 200-metre final on Thursday in Tokyo. (AFP via Getty Images - image credit)
Laurence Vincent Lapointe of Trois-Rivieres, Que., celebrates after capturing silver in the women's canoe single 200-metre final on Thursday in Tokyo. (AFP via Getty Images - image credit)

Canadian women keep making history in Tokyo.

Laurence Vincent Lapointe, from Trois-Rivières, Que., paddled her way to a silver medal in the Olympic debut of the women's singles canoe 200 metres.

Vincent Lapointe posted a time of 46.786 seconds, just 0.854 seconds behind gold medallist Nevin Harrison of the U.S. on another blistering hot day at the Sea Forest Waterway venue to become Olympic champion. Liudmyla Luzan of Ukraine took the bronze in 47.034.

"I'll be honest, there were moments where I was panicking," Vincent Lapointe said of the race. "I could see the girls beside me and [thought], 'Oh my God.' And I just kept going and I'm so proud of myself that I did. Because I came second and it's amazing.

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"For a long time, I was the fastest woman in the world," said the 13-time world champion in the event. "It's as good for me to be second at the Olympic Games because it's just my dream from always. From a child, I was dreaming of the Games and now here I am."

Katie Vincent from Mississauga, Ont., was also competing in the final. She finished in a time of 47.834 to place eighth.

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