Girard golden at Pan Am Games

Christine Girard

Christine Girard

Christine Girard captured the gold medal at the Pan Am Games in Mexico on Tuesday.

The 26-year-old finished atop the podium in the 63-kg division of the women’s weightlifting competition after lifting a combined 238 kilograms, three kilograms ahead of Columbia’s Esther Palomeque.

This was Girard’s third Pan Am Games competition, placing eighth in 2003 and second in 2007.

Due back from Mexico on Wednesday (Oct. 26) night and she leaves next week for Paris where she will compete at the senior world championships with a berth at the 2012 Olympic Games in London at stake.

Girard represented Canada at the 2008 Games in Beijing where she finished fourth.

Girard, originally from Quebec, lives in White Rock and trains in Langley at Hybrid Athletics.