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Canada wins gold in women’s double sculls

Canadians Kerry Shaffer, left, and Antje Von Seydlitz on their way to winning gold in the women's double skulls at the 2015 Pan Am Games at the Royal Canadian Henley Rowing Course in St. Catharines, Ont., on Monday, July 13, 2015. Peter Power/The Canadian Press

ST. CATHARINES, Ont. – Kerry Shaffer and Antje Von Seydlitz have won Canada’s first rowing gold medal at the Pan American Games.

Shaffer, from nearby Welland, Ont., and Von Seydlitz, from Smithers, B.C., finished the women’s double sculls in seven minutes 13.01 seconds.

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The Canadians were more than a second ahead of the United States sin silver position.

Cuba was seven seconds back for the bronze.

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