Canadian paddlers de Jonge and Vincent-Lapointe win gold at Pan American Games

WELLAND, Ont. — Canada's paddling team continued its medal haul Tuesday at the Pan Am Games.

Canadian kayaker Mark de Jonge kicked off the day with a gold in the K-1 200 metres.

The 31-year-old from Halifax crossed in 35.733 seconds, .506 seconds ahead of Brazil's Edson Isaias Freitas da Silva.

De Jonge won the world championships in the event last year and captured bronze at the 2012 London Olympics.

De Jonge and Pierre-Luc Poulin also earned a bronze in the men's K-2 200-metre final, earning a tie with Brazil. Argentina won gold in the event, with Cuba taking silver.

Later in the morning, canoeist Laurence Vincent-Lapointe of Trois-Rivieres, Que., dominated the women's C-1 200 event to take gold.

She finished in 49.685, 2.313 seconds ahead of Ecuador.

A day after fans baked in the sun at the refurbished Welland Flatwater Centre, paddlers warmed up in a torrential downpour, and it poured intermittently throughout the morning.

Jason McCoombs of Dartmouth, N.S., added a silver in the C-1 200 metres, finishing behind Brazilian winner Isaquias Queiroz Dos Santos, while Michelle Russell of Fall River, N.S., won silver in the women's K-1 200.

In the first race of the day, Canadians Hannah Vaughan and Emilie Fournel were fourth in the women's K-2 500, missing the podium by just five-hundredths of a second.

The Canadian Press