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Rowing: Canada wins seven gold medal – The Globe and Mail

In Canada on July 31, 2010 at 21:33

Josh Morris of Victoria won the men’s single event as Canada took home seven gold medals Saturday at the Commonwealth Rowing Championships.

Morris, who recently returned from the world under-23 championships in Belarus, also took home a silver in the men’s four along with Victoria’s Tom Watson, Mike Lewis of Dorchester, Ont., and Kristjan Joubert of St.-Lambert, Que.

Morris and Lewis also captured bronze in the men’s pair.

“I had a good start and was able to establish an early lead,” Morris said of the men’s single. “England (Benjamin Hicks) pushed up in the last 500 metres of the race, but I was able to hold onto the lead. This regatta is a great opportunity to get international race experience.”

The Canadian team is in the event to give its up-and-coming rowers some international racing experience in several different boat classes.

Canada’s women’s team also had a great day, grabbing medals in all events they entered.

Victoria’s Liz Fenje and Patricia Obee won the lightweight women’s double, while Obee also won Canada’s first gold medal of the day in the lightweight single.

“Over the course of the summer we’ve learned a lot rowing together, in particular about race strategy and mental preparation,” said Fenje. “Today, we were able to execute our race with these newly learned lessons in mind. We feel it was a successful note on which to end our summer (of racing as a double).”

The other women’s team medallists were Laura Cowal of Thorold, Ont., and Lauren Wilkinson of North Vancouver, B.C.

In addition to the seven gold medals (lightweight women’s single, women’s pair, lightweight women’s and men’s doubles, men’s single, lightweight women’s pair, women’s double), Canada took two silver (women’s single, and men’s four) and two bronze medals (men’s pair, lightweight men’s pair).

Scotland won four golds and Australia had two top-placings.

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