Canadian cyclists, shooters win gold to add to medal haul at Pan Am Games
TORONTO — Canada has added three more gold to its collection at the Pan Am Games on Sunday.
Emily Batty, of Brooklin, Ont., and Catharine Pendrel of Harvey Station, N.B., finished one-two in the women's mountain biking competition, while Raphael Gagne of Quebec City won the men's race.
Canada's third gold came in shooting, with Calgary's Lynda Kiejko winning the women's 10-metre air pistol.
In the women's mountain bike, Batty finished the race in one hour 27 minutes 13 seconds — seven seconds faster than Pendrel.
"It's really just pushing each other," Batty said. "It doesn't matter who's first on the day as long as it's a Canadian. So we got gold and silver, which was amazing."
Pendrel, who won gold in the event at the 2007 Rio Games, is known for setting a strong early pace and hoping others can't match it. Batty showed she was up for the challenge.
"Emily and I are really motivated by each other," Pendrel said. "We don't just want to be the best at this race, we want to be the best in the world. You be the best in the world by pushing the most that you can out of your riding and I think we did that today."
Gagne finished the men's six-lap race in 1:31:14.
"I think I played it very smart," Gagne said. "I paced myself well, I drank well and I ate well and it played into my favour. I've always been able to start strong but sometimes my finishes were not as strong. But definitely today I finished really, really strong so I'm happy with this."
Kiejko scored 195.7 to win the air pistol and finish ahead of Mexico's Alejandra Zavala and Lilian Castro of El Salvador.
It was Kiejko's second Pan Am medal. She captured bronze in the same event in 2003.
"This gold medal is especially sweet for me," said Kiejko, who comes from a family of shooters. "Four years ago, my sister won the gold medal in Guadalajara in the same event. It's pretty awesome."
Canada's equestrian team added a silver medal in team dressage.
The day came with some disappointment as Canada failed to medal in the men's triathlon. It's the first time in Pan Am Games history Canada hasn't won a triathlon medal.
Andrew Yorke, of Caledon, Ont., was the top Canadian finisher in seventh place.
Canada was guaranteed of at least two more medals Sunday, as both the men's and women's sevens rugby teams advanced to their respective finals.
The Canadian Press