Canadian water skiers collect more Pan Am medals

Canadian water skiers Jaret Llewellyn, Ryan Dodd and Whitney McClintock earned medals Tuesday at the Pan American Games in Rio de Janeiro.

Llewellyn wins gold in men's tricks with Pan Am record 11,040 points

Poor weather couldn't keep Canadian water skiers Jaret Llewellyn, Ryan Dodd and Whitney McClintock off the podium Tuesday at the Pan American Games in Rio de Janeiro.

Llewellyn won gold in men's tricks with a Pan Am record 11,040 points after earlier winning the jump event with a score of 65.40.

Dodd was second in Tuesday's jump at 64.30, followed by Rodrigo Miranda of Chile at 61.20. In tricks, Dodd took bronze with 9,580 points, behind American Cory Pickos, who was second with 10,650.

"I'm relieved, there are huge expectations here for me to win," Llewellyn said after the jump event. "Ryan had a good jump, and I knew that I had to go for it on my first jump.

"It is just great that Canada got first and second."

McClintock earned her second medal in as many days, fighting the rain on her way to a silver finish in the women's jump with a score of 43.50.

American Regina Jaquess won gold with 43.70, while teammate Mandy Nightingale took the bronze (42.10).

"The rain made it hard for me to see today," said McClintock of Cambridge, Ont. "The setup for the jump is difficult when the visibility is poor. I'm still happy to win the silver medal, but I'm always trying to win gold."

Later, she finished atop the podium again with a Pan Am record score of 7,530 in the tricks. On Monday, McClintocktook the women's slalom crown.

Thesix medals boosted Canada's total in water skiing tonine in Brazil with the women's and men's tricks events slated for later on Tuesday.

Canadian b-ballers finish 4th

Elsewhere Tuesday, Canada's women's basketball team fell62-49 to defending champion Cuba in the bronze-medal game.

Sarah Crooks of Fife Lake, Sask., had 15 points and seven rebounds for Canada, while Uzoma Asagwara of Winnipeg added seven points.

Cuba, whichled 18-12 at the end of the first quarter, stretched itsadvantageto 30-23 at halftime and barely looked back.

The Cubans blew the game open with a 7-0 run early in the third, and led 47-38 with a quarter left to play.

The young Canadian squad shot 1-for-14 from three-point range, and a lowly 37 per cent from the field.

At the 2003 Pan Am Games, Canada finished fourth in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, losing to Brazil in the bronze-medal game.

In other highlights Tuesday:

  • Diane Cummins of Victoria won Canada's first track and field medal, capturing gold in the women's 800 metres. Cummins finished with a time of one minute 59.76 seconds.
  • Dylan Armstrong of Kamloops, B.C., won a gold medal in the men's shot put, giving Canada its second medal of the track event with a throw of 20.10 metres.
  • Calgary's Ari Taub collected a bronze medal in Greco Roman wrestling. Taub lost 3-0 to Dremiel Byers of the U.S. in the semifinal of the 120-kilogram division to finish third.
  • The Canadian women's tennis table team earned a silver after Vancouver's Chris Xu and Ottawa's Mo Zhang and Judy Long were defeated 3-0by the Americans in the team gold-medal match.
  • The men's table tennis team consisting of Montreal's Pierre-Luc Hinse and Ottawa's Pradeeban Peter-Paul and Qiang Shen lost 3-1 to Brazil in the semifinals to settle for bronze.
  • Joshua Riker-Fox of Delacour, Alta., captured a bronze in modern pentathlon and qualifies for the 2008 Beijing Olympics.

With files from the Canadian Press