Medal haul con­tin­ues

Rowers, pad­dlers add eight medals to Canada’s count at Pan Am Games

Cape Breton Post - - SPORTS -

Canada’s pad­dlers and rowers kept the medals com­ing on Day 3 of the Pan Amer­i­can Games.

Led by gold-medal per­for­mances by the men’s cox­less four and the women’s dou­ble sculls, Cana­dian rowers com­bined to add three more medals to Canada’s im­pres­sive early haul on Mon­day.

“It was pretty amaz­ing. It sent goose­bumps down my spine,” said vet­eran rower Will Crothers who could hear the vo­cal home­town crowd in St. Catharines, Ont., as the men’s four — Crothers, Tim Schri­jver of Thed­ford, Ont., Kai Langer­feld of Parksville, B.C., and Con­lin McCabe of Brockville, Ont. — en­tered their fi­nal 500-me­tre sprint. “I started think­ing, we’re sit­ting up (start­ing the fi­nal sprint). I yelled to the boys, ’ Who wants to sing?’

“I think that prob­a­bly fired them up pretty good. I think the (stroke) rate went up. We started re­ally chuck­ing down some heaters. Some hot strokes to get to the line.”

The men fin­ished six min­utes 10.80 sec­onds, more than three sec­onds ahead of sil­ver-medal­lists Cuba (6:14.30) and bronze- medal­lists Ar­gentina (6:16.52).

Kerry Shaf­fer, from Wel­land, Ont., and An­tje Von Sey­dlitz of Smithers, B.C., won gold in the women’s dou­ble sculls with a time of 7:13.01, just ahead of the United States (7:14.65) in sec­ond and Cuba (7:20.00) in third.

Von Sey­dlitz could hear the par­ti­san crowd from half­way out on the course.

“It was un­real. It kind of brings tears to your eyes,” she said. “You’re so proud to be rac­ing in your own coun­try in front of your home­town fans.”

Cana­dian rowers also took bronze medals in men’s dou­ble sculls and women’s cox­less pairs.

Just down the road in Wel­land, Canada added four medals in kayak and ca­noe events.

Ben Rus­sell from Dart­mouth, N.S., and Gabriel Beauch­esne-Se­vi­gny from Trois-Rivieres, Que., won gold in the C-2 1,000 me­tres.

Cana­dian flag-bearer Mark Older­shaw from Burling­ton, Ont., raced to a sil­ver medal in the men’s C-1 1,000 me­tres. Michelle Rus­sell of Fall River, N.S., won sil­ver in K-1 500 me­tres — her sec­ond medal of the Pan Am Games. Vet­eran Adam Van Ko­ever­den of Oakville, Ont., won bronze in the K-1 1,000 me­tres.

Rus­sell and Beauch­esne-Se­vi­gny won gold with a time of 3:46.316, beat­ing Brazil by 0.801 sec­onds and Cuba by 3.616 sec­onds.

Canada won more gold medals in div­ing and shoot­ing.

Mon­treal’s Meaghan Ben­feito and Rose­line Fil­ion from Laval, Que., won Canada’s sec­ond div­ing gold in women’s syn­chro­nized 10-me­tre plat­form. They earned 316.89 points to beat Brazil (291.36) and Mexico (287.91).

In the men’s three-me­tre syn­chro fi­nal, Mon­treal’s Philippe Gagne and Fran­cois Im­beauDu­lac of St-Lazare, Que., fin­ished sec­ond with 413.37 points.

Amanda Chu­doba of Spruce Grove, Alta., won Canada’s sec­ond shoot­ing gold with a vic­tory in women’s trap.

Chu­doba edged Amer­i­can Kayle Browning in a shoot-off af­ter the fi­nal round was tied at 11.

Also Mon­day, Toronto’s Jor­dan Bel­chos won Canada’s first ever Pan Am roller speed­skat­ing medal with a bronze in the men’s 10,000 me­tres.

Rose­line Fil­ion, left, and Meaghan Ben­feito of Canada pose with their gold medals af­ter the women’s syn­chro­nized 10-me­tre plat­form div­ing event at the Pan Am Games, Mon­day, in Toronto.

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