Canada’s Maxime Potvin earned a silver medal in the men’s 68-kilogram taekwondo event Monday at the Pan Am Games in Mississauga.
Potvin, 27, of Quebec City, fell 6-3 to Mexico’s Saul Gutierrez in the final at the Mississauga Sports Centre. Gutierrez outscored Potvin 3-0 in an extra fourth round for the win.
Povtin won all three of his matches en route to the gold medal, first defeating Brazil’s Henrique Precioso 15-5 before earning a 13-11 semifinal win over American Terrence Jennings.
Earlier, Evelyn Gonda, of New Westminster, B.C., lost a 10-3 decision to Cuban Yamicel Nunez for bronze in the women’s 57-kilogram class.
Gonda, 18, won her first two matches by 12-point margins before dropping a 10-6 semifinal decision to Mexican Paulina Armeria.
BEACH VOLLEYBALL: A back injury to Sam Schachter force he and teammate Josh Binstock to withdraw Monday from Pan Am competition.
“It was an ongoing issue that got worse and worse through the games,” said spokeswoman Jackie Skender.
The duo from Richmond Hill were in the ‘B’ final with Argentina, Puerto Rico and Uruguay. The Canadian men will be placed eighth.
The gold medal game is Tuesday at 9 p.m. between Mexico and Brazil.
GOLF: The RBC Canadian Open will have a real Pan Am Games feel to it when it starts later this week at Glen Abbey in Oakville. The Pan Am champ, Marcelo Rozo of Colombia, earned an exemption to the tournament, putting him in a PGA Tour event for the first time.
“I haven’t played good all year,” Rozo said. “Golf is a tough sport, though. I just needed to stay patient. One week will change everything, and I think this one is heading in the right direction.”
Canada’s emerging 18-year-old star, Austen Connelly, also got an invitation to the Open. He finished fifth in the Pan Am tournament.
“I feel like I’m ready,” Connelly said. “I certainly didn’t bring my best this week, and I was still right there with them. I feel like I can certainly play with them.”