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Canada wins triple gold at canoe/kayak Pan-Ams

Mallorie Nicholson of Oakville, Ont., and the canoe pairs team of Jenna Marks and Maria Halavrezos of Dartmouth, N.S., collected their third gold medals Sunday in the 200-metre finals at the Pan American canoe and kayak championships in Rio de Janeiro.

Mallorie Nicholson of Oakville, Ont., and the canoe pairs team of Jenna Marks and Maria Halavrezos of Dartmouth, N.S., collected their third gold medals Sunday in the 200-metre finals at the Pan American canoe and kayak championships in Rio de Janeiro.

Canada finished the three-day competition with 23 medals: 11 gold, 10 silver and two bronze.

Nicholson won the three women's canoe singles (C-1) events of 200, 500 and 1,000 metres, while Marks and Halavrezos did the same in the women's C-2.

Other Canadian gold medallists on the weekend were: Neil Lang of Waverley, N.S., and Wesley Hammer of Dartmouth in the K-2 1,000 and Hughes Fournel of Lachine, Que., and Christopher Mehak of Oakville in the K-2 500.

Canadian women winners included Nicole Brown of Dartmouth and Marie-Pier Langlois of Lac-Beauport, Que., in the K-2 500; Erika Taras of Dartmouth in the K-1 200; and Langlois and Hannah Vaughan of Dartmouth in the K-2 200.

"It was a really exciting race," Vaughan said about her K-2 200 win with Langlois. "We didn't have our best start, which was unusual, but we were able to make a pretty dramatic pass in the last 100 metres to win.

"Marie-Pier and I raced together last year a couple of times, so that helped. We have good chemistry in the boat."

Medal winners

Canadian women silver medallists included: Vaughan and Tiera McLeod of Regina in the K-2 1,000; McLeod in the K-1 500; the women's K-4 200 and 500 with Taras, Brown, McLeod and Vaughan.

The men's silver medallists were: the K-4 500 with Geoffrey Clarke of Oakville, Fournel, Mehak and Phillippe Duchesneau of Sherbrooke, Que.; Aaron Rublee of Oakville in the C-1 200 and 500; Dustin Shaw of Mississauga, Ont., and Antoine Meunier of Lac-Beauport in the C-2 200 and 500 and  Fournel in the K-1 200.

"I lost to the same Brazilian as last year, but this time I was closer," said Fournel, who was edged by 0.26 seconds for the gold. "Still, I'm pleased. The 200 is my specialty. I've always been a sprinter and I tend to have very good starts."

Bronze medals were earned by Lang in the K-1 1,000 and Rublee in the C-1 1,000.