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Mark Oldershaw, Adam van Koeverden race to Pan Am podium

Adam van Koeverden paddles his way to a third place finish and a bronze medal in the K1 1000m final kayak race at the 2015 Pan Am Games in Welland, Ont., Monday, July 13, 2015. Aaron Lynett/The Canadian Press

WELLAND, Ont. – Former Olympic champion Adam van Koeverden has won bronze in the K1 1,000 metres at the Pan American Games.

The four-time Olympic medallist from Oakville, Ont., led until the final 300 metres but faded to finish third behind winner Jorge Garcia of Cuba and silver medallist Daniel Dal Bo of Argentina.

Canada normally sends a B team in canoe/kayak to the Pan Ams, so this marked van Koeverden’s Pan Am debut.

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Van Koeverden, 33, won gold and bronze at the 2004 Olympics in Athens, plus silver in both the 2008 and 2012 Olympics.

Mark Oldershaw of Burlington, Ont., Canada’s flag-bearer in Friday night’s opening ceremonies, races in the C2 1,000 metres later today.

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Later, Ben Russell and Gabriel Beauchesne-Sevigny won gold in the C-2 1,000-metre race with a time of 3:46.316.

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The Canadians beat Brazil by 0.801 seconds and Cuba by 3.616 seconds.

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