Brianne Theisen wins heptathlon at Pan Am junior track and field championships
Sunday, July 08, 2007
SAO PAULO, Brazil Brianne Theisen of Humboldt, Sask., won the final two events in the heptathlon to take the gold medal and Marie-Louise Asselin of Sarnia, Ont., added a victory in the womens 5,000 metres on Sunday to conclude a successful Canadian performance at the Pan Am junior track and field championships.
Canada collected five more medals Sunday to conclude the three-day meet with four gold, five silver and four bronze medals for second place in the medal standings. The U.S., dominated the competition with 48 medals including 24 gold.
In the heptathlon, Theissen concluded the seven-event competition on Sunday with victories in the javelin and the 800-metre. She opened the day placing second in the long jump. On Saturday she won the high jump, was second in the 100 hurdles, third in the 200 and fourth in the shot put. She totalled 5,413 points with Shana Woods of the U.S., second at 5,307 and Giovana Aparecida Cavaleti of Brazil third at 4,957.
In the womens 5,000, Asselin collected her second medal of the competition with the victory in 17:40.28. Milena Perez Garcia of Cuba was second in 17:46.38 and Emily Sisson of the U.S., third in 17:47.81.
Lindsay Carson of Cambridge, Ont., was second in the womens 1,500 clocking 4:24.06 about three seconds off the winning time posted by American Jessica Pixler. Jessica OConnell of Calgary was fourth.
In the womens pole vault, Gabriella Duclos-Lasnier of Quebec City also took silver clearing 4.15 metres. Alicia Rue of the U.S., took the gold at 4.20. Stacey Irvine of Smithers, B.C., was fifth.
Heather Steacy of Lethbridge, Alta., added a bronze in the womens hammer throw with a 54.49 metre toss on her third of six attempts. Marynna Karolyna de Jesus Dias of Brazil won the gold at 60.26.
Other Canadian womens results: Sarah Wells of Unionville, Ont., was fourth in the 400 hurdles; the womens 4X400 of Wells, Jessica Smith of North Vancouver, Jenna Martin of Bridgewater, N.S., and Kimberly Hyacinthe of Montreal was fourth while Emily Sheppard of North Vancouver and Madelaine Buttinger of Waterloo, Ont., were fifth and seventh in the high jump.
Other Canadian mens results: Matthew Leader of Brockville, Ont., and Justin Duncan of Brampton, Ont., were fourth and fifth in the 1,500; Matthew Hughes of Oshawa, Ont., and Olivier Lavoie of Ste-Adèle, Que., fourth and ninth in the 3,000 steeplechase; Tyler Fawcett of Winchester, Ont., was fifth in the 400 hurdles, Kyle Nielsen of New Westminster, B.C., and Casey Garbaty of Sarnia, Ont., were fifth and 11th in the javelin; Adam Johnson of Toronto and Jonathan Charest of St-Tite, Que., sixth and eighth in the 200; the mens 4X400 relay was sixth with Jonathan Reid of Windsor, Ont., Andrew Heaney of Toronto, Johnson and Darrren Mazzei Regina; while Ikenna Obonna of Brampton, Ont., was 14th in the triple jump.
Other Canadian gold medallists this weekend were Andrew Heaney of Toronto in the mens 800 and Danelle Woods of Ottawa in the womens 3,000 steeplechase; other silver medallists were Smith in the 800, Martin in the 400, Asselin in the 3,000 and the other bronze medallists were Sheila Reid of Newmarket, Ont., in the 800, OConnell in the 3,000 and Justin Greif of Tisdale, Sask., in the men’s shotput.
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