Manitoba's Canada Games medal haul keeps growing

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Manitoba has a chance today to produce its second-best medal haul at the Canada Summer Games.

The Keystone Kids won six more medals yesterday in P.E.I., bringing its total to 23 -- four gold, 10 silver and nine bronze.

Manitoba won 29 medals in 1989 and 26 in 2001. It is guaranteed to win at least one more today, because the women's volleyball team is playing for gold.

Manitoba won two silver and four bronze yesterday in three areas: in the pool, on the lake and at the track.

Winnipeg swimmer Chantal Vanlandeghem, very likely to be Manitoba's flag bearer for the closing ceremony, landed on the podium yet again by capturing silver in the 50-metre freestyle. It was her fifth medal of the Games, and it broke Shannon Shakespeare's 16-year-old provincial record.

Winnipeg's Leah Daniel also snagged silver, her second such medal of the Games, finishing second in the 800-metre freestyle event. She broke her own provincial record by 13 seconds.

Dugald's Andri Shchudlo won bronze in the 200- and 1,000-metre canoe races, bringing his Games total to three medals.

At the track, McCreary long jumper Nate Labbe won bronze, as did the women's 4x100 relay team, consisting of Lisa Wong, Carly Paracholski, Caley Miskimmin and Chantal Grant.

In other Manitoba action yesterday:

- The women's volleyball team thumped Nova Scotia 3-0 to advance to today's gold-medal match against Ontario.

- The men's volleyball squad fell 3-0 to Ontario in semifinal play and will face B.C. in today's bronze-medal game.

- The men's soccer team thumped Saskatchewan 8-0 in the ninth-place game.

- Winnipeg's Ryan Pitzel finished eighth in the men's golf competition after shooting 73, while Selkirk's Lindsay Stewart placed 15th in the women's event with a final-round 87.

Speirs makes cut

Winnipeg's Adam Speirs shot a 3-under 68 yesterday and made the cut right on the line at the Canadian Tour's Seaforth Country Classic in Seaforth, Ont.

Speirs has a 4-under 138 total. Dauphin's Ryan Horn (71-69) and Jordan Krantz of Vermilion Bay, Ont. (72-68) were 2 under but missed the cut.

Winnipeg's Matt Johnston ballooned to a 79 yesterday for a 9-over total.

Canada off to good start

Canada's men's and women's volleyball teams are off to winning starts at their last-chance qualifiers for next year's world championships.

The men dominated the Dominican Republic 3-0 (25-18, 25-19, 25-22) in their opening match in Guadalajara, Mexico, while the women trounced Costa Rica 3-0 (25-18, 25-19, 25-22) in Tijuana.

The top two teams in both four-team NORCECA tournaments will qualify for their respective 2010 world championship.


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