Beauchesne-Sevigny, Russell, Canadian canoeists, win gold in C2-1000m

Canadian canoeists Gabriel Beauchesne-Sevigny and Ben Russell won the gold medal in the canoe C2-1000 event at the Pan Am Games on Monday.

Oldershaw, van Koeverden earn silver and bronze in canoe and kayak respectively

The Canadian men's canoe C2-1000 metres team won the gold medal at the Pan Am Games on Monday. ((Twitter))

Ben Russell and Gabriel Beauchesne-Sevigny won gold in the C-2 1,000-metre race with a time of 3:46.316.

The Canadians beat Brazil by 0.801 seconds and Cuba by 3.616 seconds.

Oldershaw, van Koeverden reach podium

Meanwhile, Canadian flag-bearer Mark Oldershaw raced to a silver medal in men's canoeing at the Pan Am Games today while former Olympic champion kayaker Adam van Koeverden won a bronze.

Oldershaw, from Burlington, Ont., was second in the men's C-1, 1,000 metres, 1.721 seconds behind Brazil's Isaquias Queiroz dos Santos. Mexico's Jose Cristobal was third.

In the K1 1,000 metres, van Koeverden was 2.065 seconds behind winner Jorge Garcia of Cuba. Daniel Dal Bo of Argentina was second.

The four-time Olympic medallist from Oakville, Ont., led until the final 300 metres but faded to the finish line.

Canada normally sends a B team in canoe/kayak to the Pan Ams, so this marked the Pan Am debut for both van Koeverden and Oldershaw.

Van Koeverden, 33, won gold and bronze at the 2004 Olympics in Athens, plus silver in both the 2008 and 2012 Olympics.

Oldershaw was a bronze medallist at the 2012 London Games.

Russell grabs silver

Michelle Russell, no relation to Ben, won silver in the K-1 500-metre event, her second medal of the Pan Am Games. She won Canada's first gold of the Games in the K-4 500-metre event.

Russell finished 1.725 seconds behind Cuba's Yusmari Mengana.


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