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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - August 6, 1971, Lethbridge, Alberta We still trail United States and Cuba in standings Kiekebelt, May bring Canada gold, silver medals CALI, Colombia (CP) Deb. bie Van Kiekebelt of Missis- sauga, Ont., the best all-around women athlete of Ihe Pan-Amer lean Games, says she was never sure until the end that she would win the gold medal in the pentathlon. Although most of the Cana- dian coaches predicted she would win the live-sport event tile tall 17-year-old track stai admitted she was on pins and needles until her lime wab posted Thursday night in the last event, the 200-metre dash. "There was always the chance that I might miss marker and be disqualified or fall and take an injury. So I was never sure of it until I crossed that last finish line." Miss Van Kiekebelt is the first Canadian to win the pentathlon in a major international compe- tition, ft was introduced to the Pan-American Games in Winni- peg four years ago. Debbie's winning total of poin's, garnered over a two-day period in the 100-metre hurdles, shot put, high jump, long jump and 200 metres, was 178 points more than the team-mate she had battled all the way for the gold. A disappointed Penny May of Victoria, B.C., got the runner-up silver medal with a total of "Naturally, I'm disappointed in losing the gold to Debbie, but I think it's just groat that Can- ada hns taken the gold and sil- ver. This is the first time in the Pan-Ams that we've won both of them." DARLIN'GS OF TEAM The women are the darlings of the Canadian team on the basis of their strong showing in track and field, easily Canada's best performance ever in Ihe games. In facl, it was Debbie's gold which gave the Canadian team a tie with the United States for the women's over-all .track and field championship. The six-day track and field meet ended with Canadian and American women each winning five gold medals. Cuba took two gold and Jamaica one. Over-all, women have won six of Canada's seven gold medals. Elizabeth Carruthers of Edmon- ton,