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Canadian Kayaker Mark de Jonge Wins Gold At Pan American Games

07/14/2015 11:32 EDT | Updated 07/14/2016 05:59 EDT

WELLAND, Ont. — Canadian kayaker Mark de Jonge has won gold in the K-1 200 metres at the Pan American Games.

The 31-year-old from Halifax crossed in 35.733 seconds, .506 seconds ahead of Brazil's Edson Isaias Freitas da Silva.

Moments later, Jason McCoombs of Dartmouth, N.S., added a silver in the C-1 200 metres, finishing behind Brazilian winner Isaquias Queiroz Dos Santos.

De Jonge won the world championships in the event last year and captured bronze at the 2012 London Olympics.

A day after fans baked in the sun at the refurbished Welland Flatwater Centre, paddlers warmed up in a torrential downpour, and it poured intermittently throughout the morning.

In the first race of the day, Canadians Hannah Vaughan and Emilie Fournel were fourth in the women's K-2 500, missing the podium by just five-hundredths of a second.

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