Gold streak con­tin­ues

Cana­dian ath­letes win their events in pole vault, javelin and steeplechase

Cape Breton Post - - SPORTS• - TORONTO

Canada’s track and field team got off to an im­pres­sive start Tues­day as the host coun­try’s gold-medal streak at the 2015 Pan Amer­i­can Games con­tin­ued.

Toronto’s Shaw­nacy Bar­ber equalled a Pan Am record, clear­ing 5.80 me­tres to win gold in men’s pole vault and Van­cou­ver’s El­iz­a­beth Glea­dle won gold in women’s javelin with a throw of 62.83 me­tres on her sixth and fi­nal at­tempt.

“I’m hav­ing a re­ally phe­nom­e­nal year for me, I’m hit­ting the marks that I dreamed of,” Bar­ber said.

Glea­dle was trail­ing Amer­i­can Kara Winger when she stepped up to take her fi­nal javelin throw, clap­ping her hands to get the crowd go­ing.

“I was think­ing ’Oh no, I’d bet­ter get it to­gether,”’ Glea­dle said. “I was stand­ing there and I thought to my­self ’I bet the Cana­dian an­them would sound a whole lot bet­ter from the podium if I was on it,’ so that inspired me to throw bet­ter.”

Canada earned more medals in evening com­pe­ti­tion, with Matt Hughes win­ning gold and Alex Gen­est tak­ing sil­ver in the men’s 3,000-me­tre steeplechase and Mo­hammed Ahmed win­ing the men’s 10,000 me­tres.

Hughes, form Oshawa, Ont., fin­ished the steeplechase in eight min­utes 32.18 sec­onds with Gen­est, from Shaw­ini­gan, Que., right be­hind in 8:33.83. Cory Les­lie of the U.S. won bronze.

Hughes pulled away from the pack with three laps to go.

“I made a sim­i­lar move in the na­tional cham­pi­onships a few weeks ago, so I was con­fi­dent in that move,” he said. “I was hop­ing that Alex knew when I was go­ing to go.”

Ahmed, from St. Catharines, Ont., won the 10,000 in 29:49.96, ahead of Amer­i­can Aron Rono (28:50.83) and Mexico’s Juan Luis Bar­rios (28:51.57).

Tim Ne­dow from Brockville, Ont., earned sil­ver in the men’s shot put with a throw of 20.53 me­tres. Ja­maica’s O’Dayne Richards won gold with a throw of 21.69 me­tres, break­ing the Pan Am record pre­vi­ously held by Canada’s Dy­lan Armstrong.

“I’ve been throw­ing 20.50 all year, so there was no ex­cuse not to throw it here, so I am glad I did that,” Ne­dow said.

Sul­tana Frizell of Perth, Ont., took bronze in the women’s ham­mer throw with a toss of 69.51 me­tres, while Toronto’s Nikkita Holder won bronze in the women’s 100 hur­dles in 12.85 sec­onds.

Canada had 59 gold, 53 sil­ver and 47 bronze head­ing into Tues­day’s late events. The host na­tion has won at least one gold in each day of medal com­pe­ti­tion.

Cana­dian sprinter An­dre De Grasse ran 10.06 sec­onds in win­ning in his 100-me­tre heat to qual­ify for Wed­nes­day’s semi­fi­nals.

Gavin Smel­lie of Brampton, Ont., was dis­qual­i­fied for a false start in his 100-me­tre heat.

Else­where, Canada’s women’s and men’s ta­ble ten­nis teams each came away with a bronze medal.

The men lost their semi­fi­nal match 3-0 to Brazil while the women fell 3-0 to the United States.

Hugues Boisvert-Si­mard of Que­bec City added bronze in the men’s epee.

The men’s bas­ket­ball team opened with a com­fort­able 10588 win over the Do­mini­can Re­pub­lic. Brady Hes­lip of Burling­ton, Ont., led Canada with 24 points.

The Cana­dian men’s field hockey team moved on to the semi­fi­nals with a 3-0 win over Trinidad and Tobago. The Van­cou­ver trio of Iain Smythe, Matthew Sar­mento and Scott Tupper pro­vided the of­fence while goal­keeper David Carter, also from Van­cou­ver, pre­served the clean sheet for the Cana­di­ans.

Canada came form two sets down to beat the United States 3-2 and ad­vance to the men’s vol­ley­ball semi­fi­nals.

Toronto’s Melissa Hu­mana-Pare­des and Win­nipeg’s Tay­lor Pis­chke just missed a chance at win­ning Canada’s first Pan Am beach vol­ley­ball medal, fall­ing 2-0 to Brazil in the women’s bronze-medal match.

AP PHOTO

Canada’s Matt Hughes cel­e­brates af­ter win­ning the fi­nals of the men’s 3,000me­tre steeplechase Tues­day at the Pan Am Games in Toronto.

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