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Gabor swims to Yukon's first-ever Canada Games gold

The Canadian Press
8/26/2009 9:33:24 PM
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CHARLOTTETOWN -- Alexandra Gabor sprinted down the final 25 metres and stretched to touch the wall, and in that instant made Canada Games history Wednesday.

The swimmer from Whitehorse won the 400-metre freestyle to capture the Yukon's first ever gold medal at the Canada Summer Games.

"I didn't want to come in expecting to win a gold or anything, but I knew I definitely had a couple of shots," Gabor said. "Gold today is definitely great."

The 16-year-old made some history a day earlier when she won bronze in the 100 freestyle, the Yukon's first Games swimming medal -- it just wasn't the colour she was hoping for.

"We were talking about it, (Tuesday) she got out-touched by two girls and got bronze so she was a little bit hungry today to get revenge," said Yukon coach Marek Poplawski.

Gabor, who's winding down a breakthrough season that saw her race at the world championships in Rome, touched in a time of four minutes 8.21 seconds. Jacqueline Keire of Toronto won the silver in 4:08.31, a Canadian record in the 13-14 age group. Brittany Reimer held the previous mark of 4:12.58 set in 2002.

Sinead Russell of Burlington, Ont., took the bronze in 4:08.47.

"The 300 (metre mark) I was sure I had it, but I couldn't really see them because my goggles aren't very good. I'm just glad my sprint got me to the finish first," said Gabor, who holds 18 Yukon age group records.

Gabor's pair of medals are the only ones the Yukon has won at these Games.

Hassaan Abdel-Khalik of Mississauga, Ont., collected his third gold medal of the Games, winning the men's 400 freestyle. Abdel-Khalik had worried about his fitness after missing several days while recovering from having his wisdom teeth removed.

"The 400 freestyle was going to be one of my challenging events, but the way it played out, it was pretty good, I controlled the race and managed to bring it home strong," he said.

Abdel-Khalik won in 3:46.66, while Jeremy Bagshaw of Victoria won the silver in 3:47.94, and Aimeson King of Oakville, Ont., finished third in 3:48.61.

"Around the 200-metre mark where most guys make their move, nobody was making their move, and I was pretty relaxed so I knew if I was in control I wasn't going to do anything until I had to to win," said Abdel-Khalik, who added a silver to his medal haul later in the night in the 400 freestyle relay.

Michael Cai of New Westminster, B.C., won the 200 breaststroke for his third gold medal of the Games.

"I was just trying to go out and near my personal best and see what happens," said Cai. "My stroke in this event hasn't been this good in a long time and it felt pretty easy until the last 50 metres."

Tera Van Beilen of Oakville, Ont., won the 200 breaststroke as a second Canadian age group record fell. Van Beilen swam 2:24.00 seconds to lower the previous mark of 2:25.94 set by Chelsey Sali in March.

Chantal Van Landeghem of Winnipeg captured gold in the 100 backstroke Wednesday, Katerine Savard of Cap-Rouge, Que., won the 50 butterfly and Ontario's team of Michelle Williams of Toronto, Keire, Rebecca Terejko of Brantford and Russell took the 400 freestyle relay.

David Sharpe of Halifax raced to gold in the 100 backstroke, Andre Kudaba of Port Coquitlam. B.C., won the 50 butterfly and Alberta won the men's 400 freestyle relay with Calgary's David Hibberd, Kyle Troskot of Lethbridge and Edmonton's Joshua Au and Karl Wolk.

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