Canadian Lynda Kiejko wins Pan Am gold in pistol shooting

Workers erect giant letters spelling out Toronto in Nathan Phillips Square as they prepare for the Pan Am Games,. AP/Rebecca Blackwell

TORONTO – Canadian Lynda Kiejko won gold in the women’s 10-metre air pistol Sunday at the Pan Am Games.

The 34-year-old Calgary shooter won the gold with a score of 195.7 beating out Mexico’s Alejandra Zavala who finished second with a score of 194.3 and Lilian Castro of El Salvador who was third at 172.0.

“This gold medal is especially sweet for me,” said Kiejko,  “Four years ago, my sister won the gold medal in Guadalajara in the same event. It’s pretty awesome.”

Kiejko comes from a family of shooters. Her late father Bill Hare competed for Canada at the 1964, 1968 and 1972 Olympics. Her sister Dorothy Ludwig represented Canada the 2012 Olympics in London after competing at the 2007 and 2011 Pan Am Games.

The shooting duo competed together at the 2010 and 2014 Commonwealth Games, winning a bronze in the 10m air pistol pair event in 2010.

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Canada has now won 13 medals at the Pan Am Games with seven gold, four silver and two bronze.

*With a file from the Canadian Press

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