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.