Halifax’s Richard Dalton was among Canada’s seven podium finishes at the world sprint canoe-kayak championships in Poznan, Poland, on the weekend.

Dalton, who competed at the 2004 Summer Olympic Games in Athens, finished third in the C-1 200 metres in 39.953 seconds, in a race that featured just a one-second difference between first and sixth.

The 200-metre event is being introduced as a new discipline at the 2012 Olympics, so Dalton’s success at worlds is a step toward earning his way to the Games in London.

It isn’t the first world championship medal for the 31-year-old Dalton. He also won bronze in the C-1 1,000 in Zagreb, Croatia, in 2005, as well as bronze in the C-2 1,000 with Mike Scarola in Sevilla, Spain, in 2002.

Canada won four gold, a silver and two bronze at worlds.

Dartmouth’s Ben Russell came sixth in the C-2 500 with Thomas Hall of Pointe-Claire, Que., while Ryan Cochrane of Windsor and Hughes Fournel of Lachine, Que., came sixth in the K-2 200.

Worlds were held on Lake Banook in Dartmouth last year.