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Armstrong wins gold

GUADALAJARA – Dylan Armstrong of Kamloops, B.C., capped off a season for the ages with Canada’s first athletics (track and field) gold medal at the XVI Pan American Games in Guadalajara, Mexico.  Dylan’s fifth throw in the men’s shot put of 21.30 metres established a new Pan American Games record and secured gold. “Definitely a good feeling and a great way to cap off the season” said a thrilled Armstrong. “It has been a long season; my first competition was April 15th.” 

Edmonton, Alta., natives Angela Whyte and Christie Gordon both qualified for tomorrow’s 100-metre hurdles final. Whyte finished second in her heat stopping the clock at 13.18 seconds. “I clipped a few hurdles but I like where it’s going. Hopefully I clean it up for the final”. Gordon, running in the same heat as Whyte, finished in third crossing the line in 13.36 seconds. “I felt ok, wasn’t great. The job in prelims is to advance and I did that, I have to be happy with that”.  The 100-metre hurdles final is slated tomorrow at 6:20pm eastern time.

In the men’s 400-metres semi final Tremaine Harris of Markham, Ont., did not advance placing seventh in his heat in 48.21 seconds. “I feel that I just didn’t have my natural spring at this time. I’m not where I want to be in competition but I’m on track with my training for London which is important”. Tremaine will now prepare for the men’s 4×400 metres relay on Thursday.

Christian Brennan from Waterdown, Ont., placed sixth in her 400-metres heat clocking 53.34 seconds. She will not advance to the final. Her focus will now shift to the 4×100 metres relay on Thursday.


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