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Newmarket Huskies runner wins gold at U20 Pan American Games

Joshua DeSouza captured the medal in the men's 5,000-metre race with a time of just over 15 minutes
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Newmarket Huskies Track Club member Joshua DeSouza wins gold in the 5,000m event at the U20 Pan American Games in Costa Rica July 19. Supplied photo

Team Canada's Joshua DeSouza of the Newmarket Huskies Track Club won a gold medal at the U20 Pan American Games in San Jose, Costa Rica July 19.

DeSouza took the medal in the men's 5,000-metre race at the Estadio Nacional in San Jose, Costa Rica with a winning time of 15:17.15 minutes.

DeSouza's teammate, Marc-Andre Trudeau Perron, won the silver medal in the race with a time of 15:17.56 minutes, according to Athletics Canada.

Currently attending Iona College in New Rochelle, NY, proud father Savio said DeSouza has also represented Team Canada in the NACAC Cross Country Championships in Trinidad in February 2019 and the World Cross Country Championships in Aarhus, Denmark on March 2019.

DeSouza won a silver medal at the Youth Commonwealth Games in the Bahamas in 2017, he added.

The Brampton resident, who attended St. Marguerite d'Youville High School in Brampton, has been training with the Newmarket Huskies Track Club for the past five years.

The Newmarket Huskies are an AAA distance running competitive track club, registered with Athletics Ontario, Ontario Masters Athletics and the Ontario Minor Track Association. 



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