Ahead by a century, U.S. storms to
100 Pan Am medals
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[August 03, 2019]
By Steve Keating
LIMA (Reuters) - The United States
needed only one week to hit the medal century mark at the Pan Am
Games on Friday while Canada shot up the table into second place
after sweeping all the titles but one on offer in badminton.
It was also another big evening in the boxing ring for Cuba, who
picked up four more golds after winning four from five finals on
Despite those big days, no nation was able to keep pace with the
United States, who smashed through the century mark and reached 101
Not yet halfway through the Games schedule, the U.S. have flexed
their muscles to snatch 41 golds and leave the rest of the pack in
their dust with Canada a distant second on 16 golds and 63 total
Canada enjoyed their biggest single gold medal haul of the Games so
far with their badminton team claiming four golds and three silvers
from five finals.
Brazil's Ygor Coelho prevented the sweep by beating 18-year-old
Canadian Brian Yang in the men's single final.
It was an historic first for the 22-year-old kid from the favelas of
Rio de Janeiro as Coelho became the first Brazilian to win gold in
the men’s singles competition.
Canada's Michelle Li took the women's singles crown for the third
straight Games, while Rachel Honderich and Kristen Tsai teamed up to
win the women's doubles.
As dominant as Canada was on the badminton court, Cuba matched that
and more in the boxing ring.
Of the 14 gold medals Cuba has accumulated, more than half of them
have come from their boxers.
Olympic heavyweight bronze medalist Erislandy Savon, reigning
Olympic middleweight champion Arlen Lopez and light welterweight
Andy Cruz all successfully defended their crowns from four years ago
at the Toronto Pan Am Games.
Bantamweight Osvel Caballero Garcia also took top spot on the
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XVIII Pan American Games
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Kim Rhode, a three-time Olympic champion, claimed gold for the fifth
time from six Pan Am Games in the women's skeet shooting.
The U.S. has dominated on the shooting range and Lucas Kozeniesky
added to the U.S. haul with a victory in the men's 10 meter air
With one day remaining in the shooting events, the U.S. has won 17
medals including eight golds. The only other country to reach the
top of the podium has been Cuba.
The U.S. began another gold medal run early in the day with Connor
Baxter winning the men's stand-up paddle, one of newest events on
the Pan Am Games roster, while the women's event went to Brazil's
While surfing will make its Olympic debut next year at the Tokyo
Summer Games, stand-up paddle (SUP) is yet to get on the program.
Baxter believes the evidence was there on Friday that it should one
day be in the biggest sports event of them all.
"The dream is now to see SUP as an Olympic event," said Baxter. "We
have showcased the sport here so well.
"We’ve proved that we can go out in any kind of conditions and catch
the waves just like the surfers.
"To see us in the Olympics in 2024 in Paris, if it was possible
would be fantastic."
(Editing by Nick Mulvenney)
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