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Canada sets new national record with 65th gold medal

Canada sets new national record with 65th gold medal

Posted by PanamericanWorld on July 24, 2015

Damian Warner set a Canadian record in the decathlon on Thursday, while Canada set a national record for gold medals won at the Pan American Games.

The 25-year-old Warner from London, Ont., won the decathlon in the 13th day of competition at the Pan American Games, in the process breaking Michael Smith’s 19-year-old Canadian record.

Warner scored 8,659 points. Smith’s mark was 8,626.

He needed to run four minutes 29 seconds in the decathlon’s final event, the 1,500 metres, to break the record, and ran 4:24.73.

Warner took a healthy lead into the 1,500 – No. 10 of 10 events held over the two-day decathlon, recording personal bests in the 100 metres, long jump and discus.

Earlier, 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 up to that point. 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.

Canada’s Whitney McClintock rides her way to a gold medal in women’s slalom water-skiing at the 2015 Pan Am Games in Toronto on Thursday, July 23, 2015. Darren Calabrese/The Canadian Press

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.

After McClintock’s gold Canada kept adding medals, including more golds.

In the men’s tricks, Jaret Llewellyn of Innisfail, Alta., won silver with 10,550 points. American Adam Pickos won gold with 11,110.

The Canadian Pan Am team had 69 gold, 61 silver and 55 bronze Thursday evening. The United States led the medal count with 83 gold, 69 silver and 71 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.

Also, the Canadian men’s sabre team won a fencing silver medal after dropping a 45-37 decision to the United States in the final.

Eric Lamaze of Canada competes in the equestrian team jumping during the Pan American Games in Caledon, Ont., on Thursday, July 23, 2015. Canada won gold. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette

Shaul Gordon from Richmond, B.C., Toronto’s Mark Peros and Montreal’s Joseph Polossifakis made up the Canadian squad, which edged Venezuela to reach the gold-medal match.

Lanni Marchant, the Canadian record-holder in the marathon, raced to a bronze medal in the women’s 10,000 metres, crossing in 32 minutes 46.03 seconds.

Andre De Grasse, meanwhile, finished third in his 200 semifinal – his fifth run of the Pan Am Games. The 20 year old from Markham, Ont., crossed in 20.12 seconds, a night after he won the 100-metre title.

Later Thursday, Canada had possible medal chances in women’s pole vault and men’s discus throw.

In team sports Thursday night, Canada used a balanced attack to defeat Mexico 96-76 and move within one win of a first ever medal in Pan American Games men’s basketball play.

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