Akinsulie in golden fast lane

ROB BRODIE -- Ottawa Sun

, Last Updated: 6:51 AM ET

They won't soon forget Esther Akinsulie in the heart of the Canadian Prairies.

The Ottawa Lions Track and Field Club sprinter is quickly establishing herself as one of the stars of the Canada Summer Games in Regina. And she's not done yet.

Akinsulie dashed to her third individual gold medal at the Canada Games Athletic Complex last night, winning the 200 metres in 23.77 seconds.

That was half a second better than silver medallist Kimberly Hyacinthe of Quebec.

Earlier in the week, Akinsulie won the women's 100 and 400 metres.

With a couple of relay races on her plate tonight, the Carleton University student could add even more to her golden haul.

Ontario won its 4x400-metre women's relay heat last night, with the second-fastest qualifying time (behind Manitoba). The province's 4x100-metre relay team easily qualified first on Tuesday. Both finals are today.

Akinsulie's medal was one of four produced by local athletes yesterday -- three of them on the track.

In the women's 800 metres, Ottawa's Jennie Biewald ran her way to a silver medal in a time of 2:10.17 Biewald finished 1.13 seconds behind winner Leanna MacLean of Nova Scotia.

Dana Buchanan of Beachburg was sixth in the 800, but had her shining moment earlier in the day in the 2,000-metre steeplechase. She outleaned Annie Riopelle-Meunier of Quebec by a scant .02 seconds to take the bronze medal. Buchanan's time was 6:56.08.

The Lions' Andrea White won her heat in the 400-metre hurdles, posting the second-fastest qualifying time (1:01.39). The final is tonight.

Clubmate Patrick Marion placed ninth in the men's 3,000 steeplechase. In other events:

- Ontario won medals in all four men's rowing finals yesterday -- three of them gold. Brockville's Kevin Caners joined the gold rush as a member of the men's lightweight fours.

- Arnprior's Coady Yach was blanked 5-0 by Daniel Olver of Saskatchewan in men's under-74 kg wrestling.


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