Canadians pick up pair of track and field medals at Pan Am Games
William Paulson earned a bronze medal in the men's 1,500 metres while Alysha Newman finished third in women's pole vault Thursday at the 2019 Pan American Games.
"I had gold in my mind, absolutely," Paulson said. "I made my move on the back straight and tried to make a long run for it. The gap opened up and I just went for it.
"Coming into the home stretch I thought I had it but obviously I didn't quite hold on in the last 30 meters. I'm a little disappointed but obviously super happy to get a medal."
Newman, from Delaware, Ont., who came into the Games having set two Canadian records, finished third with a vault of 5.55 metres. Cuba's Yarisley Silva Rodriguez finished first at 4.75, followed by Kathryn Nageotte of the United States at 4.70.
"It was a pretty strong headwind so I think a lot of the girls just try to sit and wait as long as they could to get either a tail or a tail wind. So I guess that's what was the only thing we really adjust," Newman said. "We did bring like all our bed stuff, sheets and stuff from the village and we layered up so that was good. I guess Canadians were used to the cold so it wasn't too bad."
1st rowing medal
Earlier, Larissa Werbicki and Jessie Loutit captured Canada's first rowing medal of the 2019 Pan American Games with a second-place finish in the women's coxless pairs.
"We adjusted our race plan to go a bit faster off the start because we knew the Chileans had a fast start," Werbicki said. "We took the start a bit more aggressive and we found ourselves in second place coming through the 1000 and we were pretty relaxed about that."
Werbicki and Loutit's are making their Pan An debut. Thursday's silver is Loutit's first international medal. Werbicki previously won silver at the 2014 world junior championships and bronze at the 2014 youth Olympic Games.
Also Thursday, Jade Parsons of Orillia, Ont., won the bronze-medal match of the women's 53-kilogram wrestling event, beating Ecuador's Luisa Valverde 6-3.