All-Cana­dian fi­nal

Michelle Li de­fends bad­minton ti­tle, adds to Canada’s medal count

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Canada’s Michelle Li is now a two-time Pan Am Games bad­minton cham­pion.

She thrilled her home­town crowd at the Atos Markham Pan Am/Para­pan Am Cen­tre with a 2-0 vic­tory over fel­low Cana­dian Rachel Hon­derich in to­day’s women’s bad­minton fi­nal.

“It is tough to have to beat a friend,” Li said. “To see her lose, it’s not some­thing I want. But I guess we’re both ma­ture enough to know that when we’re on court, it’s for your­self.”

Li, who won gold four years ago at the 2011 Games in Guadala­jara, Mexico, de­feated Hon­derich 21-15, 21-9.

Li and Hon­derich teamed up to­gether to win dou­bles bronze ear­lier in the week.

“It’s tough be­cause we both know each other’s games so well,” Hon­derich said.

Canada’s Toby Ng and Alex Bruce set­tled for sil­ver in the mixed dou­bles fi­nal. They dropped a 21-9, 21-23, 21-12 de­ci­sion to Amer­i­cans Phillip Chew and Jamie Subandhi.

Cana­dian An­drew d’Souza took sil­ver in the men’s sin­gles fi­nal af­ter los­ing to Gu­atemala’s Kevin Cordon 21-13, 21-14.

“He didn’t let me re­ally play at the net when I wanted to,” d’Souza said. “He didn’t let me take the at­tack. He’s very good at keep­ing his at­tack and I just had a lot of trou­ble get­ting out of it when I played him.”

Canada’s medal count rose to 89 with a few events re­main­ing on Thurs­day’s sched­ule. The Cana­di­ans lead the medal haul at the Games once more af­ter briefly fall­ing be­hind the United States.

Canada has earned 36 gold, 33 sil­ver and 20 bronze thus far.

The Cana­di­ans men’s and women’s team sprint teams took dou­ble gold in the first day of track cy­cling at the Cisco Milton Pan Am/Para­pan Am Velo­drome.

Hugo Barrette of Cap-auxMeules, Que., Vic­to­ria’s Evan Carey and Joseph Veloce of St. Catharines. Ont., edged Venezuela in 44.241 sec­onds in the men’s race.

Kate O’Brien and Monique Sul­li­van topped Cuba in 33.959 sec­onds in the women’s team sprint to win Canada’s sec­ond gold of the night at the Velo­drome.

In men’s golf, Cana­dian Austin Con­nelly was tied for fourth af­ter shoot­ing a 2-un­der 70 in the first round.

Team­mate Gar­rett Rank was 27th at 7-over 79.

“They say you can’t win on the first day, but you can cer­tainly lose it,” Con­nelly said. “I don’t feel like I lost it.”

CP PHOTO

Michelle Li re­acts af­ter beat­ing fel­low Cana­dian Rachel Hon­derich, right, in the women’s sin­gles fi­nal in bad­minton at the Pan Am Games in Markham, Ont., Thurs­day.

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