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Ontario moves up medal standings at Canada Games

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The Canadian Press
2/21/2011 11:04:47 PM
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HALIFAX -- Athletes from Ontario stood on top of the podium in three events at the Canada Winter Games on Monday as the province made a move up the overall standings.

James Binsfeld led a 1-2 finish in para men's giant slalom, Christy Campbell took gold in the para women's 2.5-kilometre sit-ski cross-country event and Margarita Gorbounova won the para women's 2.5-kilometre standing race.

That helped push Ontario to third in the overall standings with 41 medals. Quebec continued to lead the way with 71 medals while B.C. sat second with 44.

Alberta was fourth with 39 -- helped by two medals in the men's 10-kilometre individual start skate-ski race on Monday.

Calgary's Kevin Sandau won gold in a time of 22 minutes 9.4 seconds -- almost two seconds ahead of Ontario's Michael Somppi. Alberta's Jesse Cockney finished third in 22:13.60.

It was an emotional result for the 21-year-old, whose father won two gold medals at the 1975 Canada Winter Games in cross-country skiing.

"First Canada Games race and I have my first medal so I'm feeling good," said Cockney. "It is really cool that I have a Canada Games medal in the same sport as my dad 36 years later. Hopefully by the end of the week I can top his medal count, but either way it is an exciting week for our family."

Alberta also captured the top two spots on the women's podium in para-alpine giant slalom.

Alex Starker took gold with a two-run combined time of 2:20.43, finishing ahead of teammate Alana Ramsay in 2:23.32.

"This is absolutely amazing," said the 16-year-old Starker. "I was hoping for a medal and I did it. The whole experience here has been awesome."

Ontario's Sandy Robinson rounded out the women's podium in third.

In other events, Emily Nishikawa won Yukon's third gold medal in women's 7.5-kilometre freestyle cross-country skiing, Slade Doyle earned Manitoba its second gold in para men's 2.5-kilometre standing cross-country and Sebastien Fortier added to Quebec's impressive medal haul by winning the para men's 2.5-kilometre sit-ski cross-country race.

Christy Campbell (Photo: The Canadian Press)

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