Canada's van Koeverden sets kayak 500 world mark

Aug. 19, 2008, 5:02 a.m. (ET)

BEIXIAOYING TOWN, China (AP) Canadian kayaker Adam van Koeverden set the world record in the 500-meter kayak single in his qualifying heat Tuesday.

He won in 1 minute, 35.554 seconds and advanced straight to Thursday's semifinal. Van Koeverden held the record with a time of 1:35.630 set at a World Cup race in June in Poland.

Van Koeverden, the Canadian flag-bearer at the opening ceremony, is the defending Olympic champion in the 500 and also won bronze in the 1,000 four years ago at the Athens Games.