Dean wins second gold, Smith sets Pan Am record

Kelowna rower helps Canada to men's eight title on Wednesday, Kierra Smith sets new mark in breaststroke heat

Kelowna's Will Dean (second from right) won his second gold medal of the Pan American Games Wednesday as Canada captured the men's eight in rowing.

For the second time in as many days, Kelowna’s Will Dean tasted gold at the Pan American Games.

On Tuesday, Dean and his Canadian rowing teammates took top spot in the men’s quad.

Then on Wednesday, the 28-year-old Dean helped Canada to another gold medal in the men’s eight.

Canada won the race in six minutes 7.01 seconds, more than three full seconds ahead of Argentina.

The Pan Am Games marked the first time Dean had rowed in an international event in his own country.

“I had never had the opportunity to row in front of Canadians before, so this was really special,” Dean said. “Normally we’re racing somewhere in Europe which is nice, too, but there’s nothing like this, I can’t overstate what a thrill it was. Rowing for Canada and winning a couple of gold medals in two days, that’s pretty nice.

“I have nothing but gratitude, I just feel thankful for this.”

Meanwhile, Kelowna’s Kierra Smith established a new Pan American Games record in the women’s 200 breaststroke on Wednesday with a swim of 2:25.41.

Smith, the defending NCAA champion, will swim for gold tonight in Toronto.

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