High medal mark

Cy­clists add to Canada’s medal count with gold in women’s pur­suit and women’s keirin fi­nal

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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.

CP PHOTO

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.

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