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Canada wins first medal of Pan Am Games, gold in women's kayaking

Last Updated Jul 11, 2015 at 7:27 am PST

Canada's women's K4 kayak team celebrate winning the first gold medal of the 2015 Pan Am Games in the 500m final in Welland, Ont., Saturday, July 11, 2015. (Aaron Lynett / THE CANADIAN PRESS)

Canada wins gold in women's kayaking at Pan Am Games

Gold medal for the Canadian women's kayak team at the Pan Am Games

Canada wins first medal of Pan Am Games, gold in women’s kayaking

ONTARIO (NEWS 1130) – Canada has won its first medal of the Pan American Games _ a gold in women’s kayaking.

The Canadian crew finished first in the K-4 500 metres in one minute 36.495 seconds. Cuba finished second followed by Argentina.

Michelle Russell of Fall River, N.S., Emile Fournel of Montreal, KC Fraser of Oakville, Ont., and Hannah Vaughan of Dartmouth, N.S., edged the Cubans by 1.17 seconds.

The race was the first final of the Games, which officially opened Friday in Toronto.

It’s a promising start for the Canadian team, which has set a goal of finishing in the top two in the overall medal count.