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Monday, August 30, 1999
PROFILE: Caroline Brunet
Triple gold for Brunet at worlds

MILAN, ITALY (CP) -- Caroline Brunet of Lac-Beauport, Que., swept gold in all three kayak singles events at the world canoe and kayak championships with victories in the 500 and 200 metres yesterday.

Brunet, 30, also added a silver in the K-2 500 with partner Karen Furneaux of Waverley, N.S., to go with her 1,000-metre gold won Saturday. Brunet swept the singles events in 1997 and won two of three last year.

"I thought a lot about winning three gold again and I was really determined," she said. "I wanted to win badly and that was probably the key for me."

Josefa Idem of Germany was second in the 500 followed by Olympic champion Rita Koban of Hungary with the same order of finish in the 200 sprint.

MISSION ACCOMPLISHED

"A highlight for me was finally beating Koban," said Brunet, the 1996 Olympic silver medallist in the 500. "She hadn't been at the last two world championships so this was definitely the strongest field I had faced since the Olympics."

The world championships were the only opportunity to qualify for the Olympics.

Canada will race in seven events in Sydney next year after finishing in the top-12 in those events.

The K-2 500 race was won by European champions Beata Sokolowska and Aneta Pastuszka of Poland with Brunet and Furneaux, a partnership formed this season, second and Katalin Kovacs and Szilvia Szabo of Hungary third.

In men's canoe, brothers Tamas and Attila Buday of Mississauga, Maxime Boilard of Lac-Beauport, Que., and Andre Pellerin of Halifax were fourth in the C-4 500.

Canada placed fourth in the medal standings with three gold and a silver. Russia was first with eight gold followed by Hungary with six and Poland with three.
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