The first medals were given out at Rabbit Lake with Ontario winning the first gold medal at the rowing venue in the lightweight men’s four. British Columbia and Alberta won silver and bronze.
The men’s single sculls was won by World Under-23 Champion Trevor Jones of Ontario and in second was Jones’ teammate from the U23 team, Ty Adams of British Columbia. Saskatchewan’s Thomas Markewich placed third. Followed by Quentin Basiren (Quebec), Tyrone Nakagawa (Manitoba) and Philip Kirker (Alberta) to round out the A Final.
“It’s been really cool racing some younger athletes who are coming up through the ranks,”said Jones. “It’s cool looking back and thinking I felt the same way a couple of years ago. And coming here and racing has been enjoyable and overall, just a fun experience.”
In the women’s pair, British Columbia finished first, winning their first gold medal of the day. Alberta (silver) and Ontario (bronze) also finished on the podium. An exciting A Final race in the men’s quadruple sculls led to a tight podium finish between Ontario and British Columbia for the gold medal, with Ontario taking the first place by 2.87 seconds. Alberta finished closely behind with the bronze medal.
In a tight race through to the final 500 metres, the men’s quadruple sculls won Ontario’s fifth gold medal of the day, beating British Columbia by 9.74 seconds with Alberta finishing in third.
In the final race of the day, British Columbia took the top spot in the women’s eight. With battle for second, Alberta finished in second beating Ontario by only 2.45 seconds. Saskatchewan, Manitoba and Newfoundland and Labrador rounded out the A Final.
Final day of racing continues tomorrow morning at 9:00 a.m. with the A/B Finals for the lightweight women’s double sculls.
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