The Canadian women’s eight crew made history today at the Santiago 2023 Pan American Games, winning gold in the first-ever contested women’s coxed eight event at a Pan American Games. Canada dominated from start to finish, crossing the finish line 4 seconds ahead of the United States and Chile with a time of 6:10.70.
Abby Dent (University of Michigan/Kenora Rowing Club) took in her second medal celebration of the week, winning silver in the women’s pair yesterday with partner, Olivia McMurray.
“This is absolutely crazy. Having to race yesterday and win a medal in a small boat and today in a big boat has been an outstanding experience,” said Dent. “Going into today’s race, with a straight final, we had absolutely no idea where we stood compared to the other crews and so we just blasted out of the gates and never backed down.”
The Canadian crew was coxed by Tokyo Olympic champion, Kristen Kit at her first-ever Pan American Games event.
“I never thought I would have the chance to race at a Pan American Games and we won,” said Kit. “This will be in my memory and heart forever. Getting to work with such an amazing group of talented women who are so talented and yet so positive is something I’m going to keep with me for the rest of my life.”
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Canada’s gold medal today contributes to the tally of three medals thus far for Canadian rowers in Concepcion. Canada secured silver and bronze yesterday in the women’s pair and the women’s quadruple sculls.
The Canadian women’s eight crew included cox, Kristen Kit (University of British Columbia/St. Catharines Rowing Club), Leia Till (University of Virginia/Brockville Rowing Club), Abby Dent (University of Virginia/Kenora Rowing Club), Shaye De Paiva (Queen’s University/Calgary Rowing Club), Abby Speirs (University of Victoria), Parker Illingworth (University of Texas), Alizée Brien (Montreal Rowing Club), Olivia McMurray (Calgary Rowing Club) and Kendra Hartley (Calgary Rowing Club).
Both the women’s four and the lightweight men’s double races were photo finishes, with crews securing 4th and 5th overall at Laguna Grande de San Pedro de la Paz today.
The Canadian Rowing Team includes 16 elite athletes aiming to win more medals for Team Canada this week. Action wraps up tomorrow morning with medal opportunities for Canada in the women’s double and the mixed eight events.
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Pan Am Sports Channel
The official broadcaster of the 2023 Santiago Pan American Games, Pan Am Sports Channel, will also be available for free in Canada throughout the event, offering additional live feeds of sports coverage and ensuring that Canadians will have even more opportunities to follow the action at the multisport event.
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CBC Sports and CBC Gem
Throughout the entire competition, CBC Gem and CBC Sports digital platforms will be offering multiple streaming feeds of sporting events at Santiago 2023 with a focus on Canadian athletes. Live streaming coverage of the Pan Am Games officially begins Friday, Oct. 20 with a full day of competition starting at 8:20 a.m. ET and the opening ceremony at 7:30 p.m. ET.
Starting Saturday, Oct. 21 at 2 p.m ET, CBC Sports Presents will provide additional weekend broadcast coverage on CBC TV with a breakdown of the day’s event, featuring a reporter on the ground with the latest updates.
Beginning, Monday, Oct. 23, audiences can join host Anastasia Bucsis on CBC Gem and CBC Sports digital platforms weeknights at 6 p.m. ET for live daily coverage of all major events. She’ll be joined by Paralympian Stefanie Reid and other guest experts, including Rob Pizzo, with live updates from Santiago.
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