Canada wins six gold medals at 2023 Pan American Games

Katie Vincent (CBC Sports/YouTube, Wikimedia Commons)

Team Canada won six gold medals at the 2023 Pan American Games in Santiago, Chile on Saturday. The gold medals came in the sports of canoeing, sailing, breakdancing, fencing, and athletics.

In canoeing, Canadian Olympic bronze medalist Katie Vincent of Mississauga, Ontario won the gold medal with Sloan MacKenzie of Halifax, Nova Scotia in the women’s C2 500 metre canoeing. Vincent won the bronze medal in the women’s C2 500 metres at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo in 2021 with Laurence Vincent-Lapointe of Trois-Rivieres, Quebec. Maria Maillard and Paula Gomez of Chile won the silver medal. Madison Velasquez and Manuela Gomez of Colombia won the bronze medal.

In sailing, Lee Parkhill of Oakville, Ontario won the gold medal in the men’s sunfish. Jean Paul de Trazegnies of Peru won the silver medal and Diego Gonzalez of Chile won the bronze medal.┬áIn men’s breakdancing, Phil Wizard of Toronto, Ontario won the gold medal, Jeffrey Louis of the United States won the silver medal, and Matias Martinez of Chile won the bronze medal.

In fencing, Shaul Gordon of Richmond, British Columbia, and Fares Arfa and Francois Cauchon of Montreal, Quebec, won the gold medal in the men’s team sabre fencing. The United States won the silver medal and Venezuela won the bronze medal.

In athletics, world champion Ethan Katzberg of Nanaimo, British Columbia won the gold medal with a Pan American Games record throw of 80.96 metres. Daniel Haugh of the United States won the silver medal with a throw of 77.82 metres. Rudy Winkler of the United States won the bronze medal with a throw of 76.65 metres. Also, Jean-Simon Desgagnes of Saint-Ferreol-les-Neiges, Quebec won the gold medal in the men’s 3000 metre steeplechase with a time of 8:30.14. Daniel Michalski of the United States won the silver medal with a time of 8:36.47. Carlos San Martin of Colombia won the bronze medal with a time of 8:41.59.

Canada won 14 more medals on Saturday (eight silver medals and six bronze medals). The silver medalists came in the sports of athletics (Alycia Butterworth of Prince Rupert, British Columbia in the women’s 3000 metre steeplechase), fencing (women’s team epee), women’s water polo, karate (Yamina Lahyanssa of Pointe-Claire, Quebec in the women’s 50 kilogram division), women’s rugby sevens, sailing (Sarah Douglas of Burlington, Ontario in the women’s laser radial), canoeing (men’s K4 500 metres), and gymnastics (Keegan Soehn of Red Deer, Alberta and Remi Aubin of Laval, Quebec in men’s trampoline). The bronze medalists came in the sports of canoeing (Connor Fitzpatrick of Dartmouth, Nova Scotia in the men’s C1 1000 metres, along with Madeline Schmidt of Ottawa, Ontario and Courtney Stott of Pickering, Ontario in the women’s K2 500 metres), women’s softball, mixed relay triathlon, men’s team squash, and men’s rugby sevens.

Canada has now won 159 medals (46 gold medals. 52 silver medals and 61 bronze medals). The United States leads with 284 medals and Brazil is second with 198 medals.

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