It was a good first day for Canada at the Pan Am Games as the country earned four gold medals on Saturday.
Synchronized swimmers Jacqueline Simoneau and Karine Thomas beat out Mexico in the event and have secured a spot in the summer Olympics in Rio.
The two also won a second gold in the synchronized swimming team event, scoring 178.1094 for the victory.
A gold in women’s kayaking, has given Canada it’s first medal of the Pan-Am Games. Cuba finished second followed by Argentina.
The crew of four took the K-4 500 metres in one minute 36.495 seconds.
Canadian cyclist Tory Nyhaug also took gold in the men’s BM, finishing first with an unofficial time of 36.208 seconds. Alfredo Campo Vintimilla of Ecuador came in second, with Carlos Alberto Ramirez Yepes of Colombia in third.
— Tory Nyhaug (@Tnyhaug49) July 11, 2015
Canadian divers also had a good start to the games. Roseline Filion of Laval, Que., won silver in the women’s 10-metre platform, while Montreal’s Meaghan Benfeito took home the bronze. Montreal’s Philippe Gagne also won bronze medal in the men’s three-metre springboard.
As for the non-sporting events, the day closed out with performances by Wyclef Jean and Serena Ryder at Nathan Phillips Square. As part of Panamania, performances and fireworks will be happening every night during the games. For a list of performances, click here.
With Files from Don Mitchell, Andy Borkowski