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Day 9 at Lima 2019: Golden finales, historic firsts and more

On Day 9 at Lima, Canada clinched its first surfing medal, as two more Pan Am Games champions were crowned.

Check out the highlights below.

Canada medals at surfing’s debut

Mathea Olin competes in the women's longboard

Mathea Olin competes in the women’s longboard at the Lima 2019. Photo by Vincent Ethier/COC

16-year-old Mathea Olin scored Canada’s first-ever Pan Am Games surfing medal in women’s longboard. She competed against Peru’s local favourite Maria Fernanda Reyes, for the chance to surf for gold. However, Reyes proved she knew her hometown waves better, leaving Olin the bronze medal.

Track Cycling’s golden rookie

After setting a Pan Am Games record in the qualifying round, Kelsey Mitchell won gold in women’s sprint, crossing the line in a time of 11.449 seconds. The Canadian’s gold medal came two years after she tried track cycling from the first time thanks to RBC Training Ground.

In women’s madison Canada’s duo of Miriam Brouwer and Maggie Coles-Lyster landed silver, finishing behind the United States.

Uchida lands on two podiums

Katherine competes in Ball at Lima 2019

Katherine Uchida of Canada competes in ball during the women’s rhythmic gymnastics apparatus final in Lima. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell)

Katherine Uchida added two rhythmic gymnastic medals to Team Canada’s haul, capturing silver in both the individual hoop and ball. The Canadian finished behind USA’s Evita Griskenas in both events, and will have another chance to podium tomorrow in cubs and ribbon.

Uchida’s finishes marks the first rhythmic gymnastic medals for Canada in Peru.

Another gold from high heights

Meaghan hugs Caeli after their gold medal at Lima 2019.

LIMA, Peru – Meaghan Benfeito and Caeli McKay of Canada win gold in women’s synchronized 10m platform diving at the Lima 2019 Pan American Games on August 04, 2019. Photo by Christopher Morris/COC

After giving Canada a double podium in the women’s 10m, Meaghan Benfeito and Caeli McKay teamed up to win gold in the synchronized event. The pair finished ahead of Mexico (silver) and the United States (bronze).

Philippe Gagné claimed a medal of his own in the men’s 3m springboard event. The Canadian finished behind Danial Restrepo of Colombia and Juan Manuel Celaya Hernandez of Mexico.

Baseball brings home silver

 Jonathan Malo

Jonathan Malo of Canada celebrates his run with teammate Rene Tosoni at Lima 2019. Photo by Vincent Ethier/COC

Team Canada’s men’s baseball squad finished second overall at Lima 2019. The team face Puerto Rico in the gold medal match, but fell 6-1 to head home with a silver.

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At the end of Day 9, Team Canada has 79 medals (19 gold, 36 silver and 24 bronze).

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