In the zone

Canada eclipses 2011 gold medal count.

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It took just five days of com­pe­ti­tion at the 2015 Pan Amer­i­can Games for Canada to eclipse its gold-medal to­tal from four years ago.

Cana­dian ath­letes won six more gold medals in Wed­nes­day’s morn­ing and af­ter­noon events, giv­ing the host na­tion 31 over­all.

Canada won 30 gold medals to­tal over 16 days at the 2011 Games in Guadala­jara, Mexico.

Hal­i­fax gym­nast El­lie Black and Canada’s row­ing team con­trib­uted mul­ti­ple gold medals Wed­nes­day, while Cal­gary shooter Lynda Kiejko won her sec­ond gold of the Games.

Black won gold in the women’s bal­ance-beam com­pe­ti­tion in the floor ex­er­cise, giv­ing her five medals in five events.

Black nailed her bal­ance­beam rou­tine with a score of 15.050 at the high­est dif­fi­culty level. Af­ter her floor ex­er­cise rou­tine that got her a score of 14.400, she blew kisses to the crowd at Ri­coh Coli­seum as fans roared and waved Cana­dian flags.

Ear­lier in the Games, the 19year-old won gold in the al­laround, bronze in the vault and helped Canada earn sil­ver in the team event.

“This was more than I ex­pected, this has been in­cred­i­ble,’’ Black said. “The sup­port here has been amaz­ing. I was so proud of our team com­ing in sil­ver, and in­di­vid­u­ally in my fi­nals I was not ex­pect­ing half of this. So thank you to ev­ery­one.’’

Kevin Lytwyn of Stoney Creek, Ont., won sil­ver in the men’s hor­i­zon­tal bar with a score of 15.475 and Vic­to­ria Woo of Brossard, Que., won bronze on the women’s bal­ance beam at 13.650.

Canada earned a medal in four of five races, in­clud­ing three gold, on the fi­nal day of row­ing com­pe­ti­tion at the Royal Cana­dian Hen­ley course in St. Catharines, Ont. The men’s light­weight cox­less fours, the men’s eight and the women’s quadru­ple sculls all topped the podium, while Rob Gib­son of Kingston, Ont., added a sil­ver in men’s sin­gle sculls.

The men’s eights led from start to fin­ish, fin­ish­ing three sec­onds ahead of Ar­gentina with a time of six min­utes 7.01 sec­onds.

The eights crew in­cluded all four mem­bers of the

gold-medal-win­ning men’s cox­less four from ear­lier in the meet.

“We all agreed there’s no way we could stand on that podium and lis­ten to any other an­them with our fans, fam­ily and friends there,’’ said Con­lin McCabe of Brockville, Ont. “The whole re­gatta was go­ing to be a fail­ure to us if we didn’t win the eights, even though we had won the fours and quad al­ready.’’

McCabe, Vic­to­ria’s Mike Evans, Will Dean of Kelowna, B.C., Julien Ba­hain of Sher­brooke, Que., Martin Barakso of Nanaimo, B.C., Tim Schri­jver of Thed­ford, Ont., Kai Langer­feld of Parksville, B.C., Will Crothers of Kingston, and coxswain Ja­cob Koudys from nearby Fen­wick, Ont., got the eights win for Canada.

Kate Good­fel­low of Perth, Ont., Kerry Shaf­fer of nearby Wel­land, Ont., Car­ling Zee­man of Cam­bridge, Ont., and An­tje Von Sey­dlitz of Smithers, B.C., won the quad sculls in 7:07.63, more than eight sec­onds ahead of the U.S. who won sil­ver in 7:16.26.

CP PHOTO

El­lie Black of Canada, right, holds her gold medal with com­pa­triot Vic­to­ria Woo, hold­ing her bronze, fol­low­ing the dur­ing the artis­tic gym­nas­tics bal­ance beam at the Pan Am Games in Toronto, Wed­nes­day.

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