Pan Am Roundup: Canada sets new national record with 65th gold medal

TORONTO — 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 six-skier slalom field to kick off a six-medal Thursday for Canadian 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.

De Grasse, from Markham, Ont., won gold in the 100 metres on Wednesday night.

Later Thursday, Canada had possible medal chances in women's pole vault, men's discus throw, women's 10,000 metres, and men's decathlon.

In team sports Thursday night, Canada's men's field hockey team played Brazil in the semifinals, and the Canadian men's basketball team took on Mexico in preliminary action.

The Canadian Press