Adam Keenan of Kamloops won gold and broke a Dylan Armstrong record at the Canada Summer Games in Sherbrooke, Que., on Thursday.
Keenan, a 19-year-old Victoria native who trains at Kamloops’ National Throws Centre, won the men’s hammer throw with an effort of 65.96 metres, which was nearly 7.5m longer than any other throw Thursday. It also was longer than the Canada Games record set in 2001 by Armstrong, a Kamloops shot putter who started in hammer.
Quebec’s Marc-Antoine Lafrenaye-Dugas was second, hitting 58.59m, while James Preece of Ontario took third, with 54.30m.
Meanwhile, Keenan’s cousin, Mason Kereszti, another Victoria native who trains in Kamloops, finished seventh in the javelin.
Kereszti ended up throwing 52.06m. C.J. Jones of New Brunswick captured gold with a chuck of 72.42m, followed by Ontario’s John Krzyszkowski (68.67m) and New Brunswick’s Mitchell Quigg (66.30m).
It was another day of close calls on the water for three Kamloops paddlers.
Keiffer Johnson and Zach Morgan finished fourth in the men’s C2 200m, finishing less than a second behind the bronze-medal winning boat.
Brook Mclean made two finals on Thursday, which was the last day of the canoe/kayak competition.
Mclean teamed up with Yasmine Semeniuk of Maple Ridge to take fifth in the C2 200m.
Mclean and Semeniuk also finished fifth in the IC4 200m, with Prince George’s Gemma Hansen and Danielle Caron of Nanaimo also in the boat.
That wraps up Kamloops athletes’ competition at the Canada Summer Games. Westsyde basketball player Joe Davis competed in the first half, as did TRU WolfPack volleyball player Jesse Bazergui, who helped the B.C. men win bronze.