IBARRA, ECUADOR (Oct. 13, 2017) – Friday the 13th did not bring bad luck for the Canadian team on their first day of finals at the Pan American Championships as the team completed the day with a total of 9 medals out of 10 races, including 5 gold medals.
“The future of these young athletes is very promising, and I am very excited to see them improve during the sprints in the next few days in Ibarra,” said Mark Granger, National Development Coach at Canoe Kayak Canada. “I look forward to seeing the athletes give their everything again and I believe we can win the overall title if we continue to battle the way we did today,” he added.
The Canadian team achieved excellent results today over the 1000 meters the distance. Despite the high altitude of the competition site, the Canadian athletes managed to win 5 golds, 1 silver and 3 bronze medals.
Photo: Max Finkelstein
Photo: Max Finkelstein
Sophia Jensen (Cascade, ON) and Isaac Finklestein (Rideau, ON) both paddled to gold in the Junior Men’s and Women’s C1 1000m. Women’s canoe athletes once again proved their strength as Kate Pennyfather (Burloak, ON) and Marlee MacIntosh (Maskwa, NS) grabbed gold in the C2 1000m event.
The Men’s and Women’s K4 teams each gave a solid performance by powering to the top of the podium as well. “Both teams have shown a great improvement over the course of the season, and this result is very representative of their efforts throughout the summer,” said Graham Barton, Technical chief officer of the Canadian team.
A complete list of our athletes’ results can be found on the Canoe Kayak Canada website: http://canoekayak.wpengine.com/event/sprint-pan-american-championships/
Races will continue tomorrow with the 500 meters event and Sunday with the 200 meters events.
Photos: Max Finkelstein
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