Nova Scotia paddlers win medals in Brazil - Metro US

Nova Scotia paddlers win medals in Brazil

Nova Scotians cleaned up at the Pan American canoe-kayak championships in Rio de Janeiro on the weekend.

Seven Bluenosers found the podium, led by the Dartmouth canoe tandem Jenna Marks and Maria Halavrezos. They captured gold in the 200-, 500- and 1,000-metre events.

Canada earned 23 medals overall, including 11 gold.

Dartmouth’s Hannah Vaughan also found the podium three times, taking gold in the K-2 200 with Quebec’s Marie-Pier Langlois. She also captured silver in the K-2 1,000 with Regina’s Tiera McLeod as well as in the K-4 200 with McLeod, Waverley’s Erika Taras and Dartmouth’s Nicole Brown.

“It was a really exciting race,” Vaughan told Canadian Sport News, of the gold-medal triumph. “We didn’t have our best start, which was unusual, but we were able to make a pretty dramatic pass in the last 100 metres to win.“

Brown (K-2 500 with Langlois) and Taras (K-1 200) also won gold, as did Waverley’s Neil Lang and Dartmouth’s Wesley Hammer together in the K-2 1,000.

Lang also picked up bronze in the K-1 1,000.

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