High medal mark
Cyclists add to Canada’s medal count with gold in women’s pursuit and women’s keirin final
Canada punctuated the first week of competition at the Pan Am Games by reaching, then surpassing the 100-medal mark on Friday.
The Canadians continued their impressive showing at the Cisco Pan Am Velodrome, adding to the medal haul with a gold in the women’s pursuit and a gold in the women’s keirin final.
The team of Calgary’s Allison Beveridge, Vancouver’s Laura Brown, Jasmin Glaesser, of Coquitlam, B.C., and Kirsti Lay, of Medicine Hat, Alta., finished the race in a Pan Am record time of four minutes 19.664 seconds in the final to edge the United States.
The U.S. earned the silver in 4:26.426 while Mexico beat out Colombia to capture the bronze medal.
Glaesser said the Canadians rode a technically sound final race.
“I think in qualifying we started a little bit quick and maybe weren’t in control of the back half of the race,” she said. “Our plan was to settle the first six laps and then to really finish strong and I think we showed that.
“We really rode within our abilities in the first half and then the second part of the race took care of itself.”
Calgary’s Monique Sullivan held off hard-charging Cuban Lisandra Guerra to capture the women’s keirin final, winning by roughly one tire length. Colombia’s Juliana Gaviria Rendon captured the bronze.
Canada stood in second place in the overall medal total with 104, four back of the U.S., with multiple events still scheduled for Friday evening.
Canadians had earned 43 gold, 37 silver and 24 bronze.
The Canadian women’s squash team didn’t fare as well as their track cycling counter- parts, settling for silver with a loss to the Americans. The U.S. won the first two matches in the best-of-three final to take the gold.
Olivia Blatchford opened with an 11-4, 12-10, 11-8 victory over Hollie Naughton of Mississauga, Ont., and Amanda Sobhy secured the team victory with an 11-3, 11-2, 11-8 win over Samantha Cornett of Deep River, Ont.
Canada’s night at the pool got off to a good start with West Vancouver, B.C., native Emily Overholt taking gold in the 400metre freestyle, one night after a disqualification took first place away from her in the 400 individual medley.
Overholt finished the freestyle race in a Pan Am record time of 4:08.42 seconds. Venezuela’s Andreina Pinto earned silver in 4:08.67 while American Gillian Ryan placed third in 4:09.46.
Shortly after Overholt’s win, Victoria’s Ryan Cochrane cruised to gold in the men’s 400 freestyle by a margin of over a second. Cochrane set a Pan Am record in finishing the race in 3:48.29.
In women’s wrestling, Canadian Braxton Stone defeated Cuba’s Katerina Vidiaux 7-3 to win gold in 63-kilogram freestyle.
Earlier in the day, Canadian Michel Dion won bronze in the men’s 50-metre rifle prone. Brazil’s Cassio Rippel took gold while American Michael McPhail placed second.
Canada’s Laura Brown, left, Jasmin Glaesser, centre, and Kirsti Lay celebrate after winning gold in the track cycling women’s team pursuit at the Pan Am Games in Milton, Ont., Friday.