Abrahams silver and bronze medals from swimmer George
Bovell 111 and taekwondos Chinedum Osuji gave T&T
three medals after nine days of action at the Pan American
Games on Sunday.
The T&T hockeymen will look to add to that bag today
when they play Chile for the bronze medal.
The United States led the medal count with 58 golds, followed
by Cuba with 29 and Brazil 25.
Six-time gold medalist Thiago Pereira lost both of his swimming
finals and two Cuban boxers failed to show for their quarterfinals
at the Games on Sunday.
Pereiras attempt at winning eight golds in the pool
was thwarted by American Randall Bal, who won the 100-meter
backstroke in a Pan Ams record 53.66 seconds. Pereira could
finish only third, then second with his Brazilian teammates
in the 400 medley relay as Bal and the Americans won in
3:34.37, also a Pan Am record.
was a good day, Bal said. Its always good
to take the gold home.
Meanwhile, Olympic and world bantamweight champion Guillermo
Rigondeaux and Cuban teammate Erislandy Lara didnt
appear for their weigh-ins, and games and Cuban officials
could offer no explanation.
left the village and havent returned, said Pedro
Roque, coach and chief of Cubas boxing delegation.
Both of their opponents advanced to the semifinals, earning
automatic bronze medals, at least.
On the final day of pool action, the United States won five
more gold medals, ending up winning 19 of 32 events and
capturing a total of 38 medals. Brazil added two golds on
Sunday for 12 golds in all and a medal tally of 27.
With his silver and bronze, Pereira, who surpassed Mark
Spitzs 40-year-old record on Saturday for the most
gold medals in a singles Pan Ams, overtook former swimmer
Djan Madruga as the Brazilian with the most overall medals
at a single Pan Ams. Madruga won three silver and three
bronze in San Juan in 1979.
In the womens 200 backstroke, Teresa Crippen of the
United States won in a meet record in 2:10.57.
exist to be broken, Crippen said. I didnt
even look to the clock, I was already expecting it.
Caitlin Leverenz of the United States won the 200 breaststroke
in 2:25.62, while the American team of Julia Smit, Michelle
McKeehan, Maritza Correia and Kathleen Hersey won the womens
400 medley relay, beating Canada and Brazil. Smit and Hersey
won a total of four golds each.
Brazilians won the womens sprints; Cesar Cielo her
third gold medal at these games in the 50 freestyle in 21.84
seconds, a Pan Ams record; and Rebeca Gusmao the 100 freestyle
in 55.17 for her second gold.
In the beginning of athletics, Mariela Gonzalez of Cuba
won the womens marathon in 2:43:11 ahead of two Brazilians
2003 champion Marcia Narloch (2:45:10) and Sirlene
Pinho (2:47:36), who led for most of the race.
Gonzalez took the lead in the final 15 kilometers (9 miles).
strategy was to advance progressively, without any rush
and with mental control, she said. I was trying
not to waste energy.
Narloch and Pinho had to receive medical attention after
crossing the finish line.
was too hot, but I guess you would expect that in Rio,
Cristina Lopez won El Salvadors first ever gold at
the Pan Ams in the womens 20-kilometer walk, earning
a call from President Tony Saca.
Olympic champion Jefferson Perez of Ecuador won the mens
In womens tennis, Milagros Sequera of Venezuela beat
Mariana Duque of Colombia 3-6, 7-6 (4), 6-1 to clinch her
second consecutive Pan Ams title.
Duque, runner-up in the Junior French Open, also lost the
doubles final with Karen Castiblanco to Argentines Jorgelina
Cravero and Betina Jozami.
Fan favorites Ricardo Santos and Emanuel Rego beat Americans
Hans Stolfus and Ty Loomis 21-19, 21-13 to win the mens
beach volleyball final. The Brazilians did not lose a single
set in the tournament.