A spe­cial mark

Canada sets new na­tional record with 65th gold medal

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Canada set a new na­tional record for gold medals won at the Pan Amer­i­can Games on Thurs­day, the 13th day of com­pe­ti­tion.

Wa­ter-skier Whit­ney McClin­tock took first place in the women’s slalom event — her sec­ond top fin­ish of these Games — to give Canada 65 gold medals in to­tal.

The pre­vi­ous record of 64 was set in Win­nipeg in 1999.

“This is great, I’m a happy girl,” McClin­tock said.

“I’ve got the two (medals) I came for al­ready. The rest are a bonus.”

McClin­tock, who won gold Wed­nes­day in the over­all com­pe­ti­tion, fin­ished first in the sixskier slalom field to kick off a six-medal Thurs­day for Cana- dian wa­ter-skiers.

Ryan Dodd capped the ef­fort with a gold medal in the men’s jump com­pe­ti­tion on a warm, sunny af­ter­noon on the wa­ter­front.

McClin­tock, from Cam­bridge, Ont., later added sil­ver medals in the tricks and jump fi­nals and her brother Jason won sil­ver in the men’s slalom.

“Un­for­tu­nately I wasn’t able to get as warm as I needed to and I just kind of stuck,” Jason McClin­tock said.

In the men’s tricks, Jaret Llewellyn of Innisfail, Alta., won sil­ver with 10,550 points. Amer­i­can Adam Pickos won gold with 11,110.

Canada had 179 to­tal medals as of Thurs­day af­ter­noon, with op­por­tu­ni­ties to add more in the evening.

The U.S. led the medal haul with 208, in­clud­ing 79 gold.

The Cana­dian Pan Am team had 67 gold, 59 sil­ver and 53 bronze.

Later in the day, Canada earned the gold medal in the team eques­trian com­pe­ti­tion at Cale­don Pan Am Eques­trian Park, lo­cated ap­prox­i­mately 65 kilo­me­tres north of Toronto.

The Cana­di­ans fin­ished the two-round com­pe­ti­tion with seven faults, one less than Ar­gentina.

The U.S. earned the bronze with 12 faults.

The Cana­dian team con­sisted of Tif­fany Foster of North Van­cou­ver, B.C., 2008 Olympic cham­pion Eric La­maze of Schomberg, Ont., Yann Can­dele of Cale­don, Ont., and Ian Mil­lar of Perth, Ont., who’s mak­ing his 10th con­sec­u­tive Pan Am ap­pear­ance.

Cana­dian sprint­ing phe­nom An­dre De Grasse won his heat in the men’s 200 me­tres in 20.17 sec­onds on Thurs­day morn­ing to ad­vance to the evening semi­fi­nals.

Canada’s Whit­ney McClin­tock com­petes on her way to win­ning the sil­ver medal in women’s tricks wa­ter-skiing at the 2015 Pan Am Games in Toronto on Thurs­day.

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