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CanoeKayak team adds six golds to cap off an 18 medal count at Pan American Canoe Championships - April 22nd, 2012
Rio de Janeiro - Canada's ten athlete CanoeKayak team will be flying home from Rio de Janeiro with an impressive 18 medals following a successful final day of racing at Pan American Championships that added 6 golds to the team's medal count.
Mississauga's Katie Vincent captured the first gold for Canada on the third and final day of competition. Vincent won the Senior Women's C1 200m in a time of 56.6 seconds. Later in the day Vincent made it a double gold with a win in Senior C1 5000m, finishing in a time of 28:13.
Marshall Hughes of Fall River, NS added a gold and bronze medal to his collection today. With a win in Junior Men's K1 5000m and a third place result in Junior Men's K1 200m, the Cheema athlete will now take home a full set of medals from the Championships including a silver medal won in Junior K1 200m on Friday. Hughes won the five kilometer race by eleven seconds with a time of 20:43. In the 200m Hughes clocked 41.3 seconds and was a second and a half off the winner from Argentina.
"Racing at Pan Ams was an excellent way to start off my international career," said Hughes after the competition. "It makes me excited for the rest of the year."
Cheema's Sammy Hall also struck gold in the Senior Women's K1 5000m Hall squeezed out competitors from Brazil and Argentina by less than a second to take the victory in a time of 21:44.
"It was one of the best races I've ever put together from a technique point of view and I was able to be consistent the whole way," said Hall. "All the work we've done training on the lake back home with my Cheema teammates has paid off."
Hall also won a silver on Saturday in Women's K2 500m with Burloak's Alanna Bray-Lougheed. Bray-Lougheed finished fourth in Women's K1 200m. The Oakville athlete was 0.1 of a second from adding a second medal to her count.
The Canadian team picked up three medals in Paracanoe. Christine Gauthier of Pointe-Claire, QC won gold in the Women's K1 LTA 200m. Christine Selinger of Regina, SK placed second in Women's K1 TA 200m to Brazil's Santos Ferreira. Selinger was awarded a gold medal in the V1 200m which she finished in a time of 1:22.
Winnipeg's Tom Sherwin will be taking a bronze medal back to Manitoba with a third place finish in the Senior Men's C1 5000m with a time of 23:53.
"The race was very difficult as there was lots of wash but I managed to stay in the boat," said Sherwin on a rainy day in Rio.
In Junior Women's C1 200m Florence L'Abbé of Pointe-Claire, QC finished second to Ecuador's Angie Avegno. L'Abbé finished 3.5 seconds behind Avegno with in a time of 58.2 seconds.
Etienne Beauchesne of Trois-Rivieres, QC was sixth in this Senior Men's K1 200m with a time of 40.9 seconds. Cheema's Lukas Hetzler was also sixth place in the Senior C1 200m with a time of 47.3 seconds. Beauchesne was sixth in the Senior K1 5000m as well.
Team Leader, Christine Bain was impressed with how the U20 development team kicked off their racing season.
"Our senior team is very young, racing in their first year of eligibility as senior athletes and stepped up racing against other talented seniors with more years of experience," said Bain. "Our juniors displayed their talent embracing their first international race experiences and moving closer to their 2013 Jr Worlds goals."
Full results for all three days of competition can be found at: http://pan2012decanoagem.com.br/resultados.php
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