Medal haul grows

Canada adds sil­ver and bronze in rhyth­mic gym­nas­tics, bronze in fenc­ing, sil­ver in taek­wondo

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Canada won a sil­ver and bronze medal in rhyth­mic gym­nas­tics and fol­lowed with a sil­ver and bronze in fenc­ing at the Pan Am Games on Mon­day to bring its over­all medal to­tal to 146.

The Cana­dian Pan Am team had 54 gold medals, 49 sil­ver and 41 bronze as of Mon­day af­ter­noon.

The United States leads the medal tally with 167, in­clud­ing 64 gold.

Rhyth­mic gym­nast Pa­tri­cia Bezzoubenko of Thorn­hill, Ont., won her sil­ver medal in the clubs com­pe­ti­tion, and Canada later added a bronze in the clubs/hoops group com­pe­ti­tion.

Bezzoubenko’s score of 15.933 was just be­hind Amer­i­can Laura Zeng, who led the eight-ath­lete field at the Toronto Coli­seum with 16.167 points. Amer­i­can Jas­mine Ker­ber took bronze with a score of 15.833.

Bezzoubenko, who won five gold medals for Canada at last year’s Com­mon­wealth Games in Glas­gow, Scot­land, just missed the podium in the rib­bon com- pe­ti­tion with a fourth-place fin­ish. She won a bronze medal in the all-around com­pe­ti­tion on Satur­day.

“I hope I can learn from these com­pe­ti­tions and go for­ward and do my best,” Bezzoubenko said.

The Cana­dian clubs/hoop group took bronze in their event with 13.709 points. U.S. took gold (14.983) and Brazil won sil­ver (14.692).

In fenc­ing, Mon­treal’s Joseph Polos­si­fakis ad­vanced to the fi­nal in men’s sabre be­fore fall­ing 15-9 to Eli Dersh­witz of the United States.

Gabriella Page of Blainville, Que., added a bronze when she fell 15-13 to Dag­mara Woz­niak of the U.S. in the women’s sabre.

Later Mon­day, the Cana­dian women’s bas­ket­ball team took on the U.S. for gold.

No Cana­dian bas­ket­ball team — men’s or women’s — has never won a Pan Am tour­na­ment. The women’s best re­sult was a sil­ver in 1999 in Win­nipeg.

Canada’s Maxime Potvin earned a sil­ver medal in the men’s 68-kilo­gram taek­wondo event.

Potvin, 27, of Que­bec City, fell 6-3 to Mexico’s Saul Gu­tier­rez in the fi­nal at the Mis­sis­sauga Sports Cen­tre.

Gu­tier­rez outscored Potvin 3-0 in an ex­tra fourth round for the win.

Povtin won all three of his matches en route to the gold medal, first de­feat­ing Brazil’s Hen­rique Pre­cioso 15-5 be­fore earn­ing a 13-11 semi­fi­nal win over Amer­i­can Ter­rence Jen­nings.

Ear­lier, Eve­lyn Gonda of New Westminster, B.C., lost a 10-3 de­ci­sion to Cuban Yam­i­cel Nunez for bronze in the women’s 57kilo­gram class.

Gonda, 18, won her first two matches by 12-point mar­gins be­fore drop­ping a 10-6 semi­fi­nal de­ci­sion to Mex­i­can Paulina Arme­ria.

The Cana­dian box­ing team also set it­self up for po­ten­tial medals, with Mandy Bu­jold of Kitch­ener, Ont., Ari­ane Fortin of Saint-Ni­co­las, Que., and Mon­treal’s Caro­line Veyre all win­ning their quar­ter-fi­nal bouts on Mon­day.

CP PHOTO Canada’s Eve­lyn Gonda (right) com­petes against Mexico’s Pauline Arme­ria dur­ing the women’s 57-kilo­gram semi­fi­nal taek­wondo match at the Pan Am Games in Mis­sis­sauga, Ont., Mon­day.

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