Fri, Aug 15, 2003 - Page 23 News List

Swimmers from US pick up a trio of gold medals

PAN AMERICAN GAMES Jose Meolans of Argentina and Rogerio Romero of Brazil spoiled the Americans' efforts at sweeping, but the US continues to dominate

AP , SANTO DOMINGO,DOMINICAN REPUBLIC

Argentinian Soledad Garcia, center, battles whith Jill Reeve, left, and Tracey Fuchs of the US during the women's field hockey final during the XIV Pan American Games in Santo Domingo, Wednesday. Argentina defeated the US 3-1 and won the gold medal.

PHOTO: AFP

US swimmers won another three gold medals at the Pan American Games, but Jose Meolans of Argentina and Rogerio Romero of Brazil prevented a second consecutive sweep.

Argentina also won the men's and women's field hockey gold medals Wednesday. The women beat the US 3-1 while the men topped Canada 1-0.

Meolans, who earned a silver medal in the 100m butterfly, won the men's 100m freestyle in 49.27 seconds on the third day of swimming at the games. Romero came from behind in the 200m backstroke to edge two Americans at the end in 1:59.02.

Overall, the Americans have won 11 out of 15 swimming golds, including all five on Tuesday.

Elizabeth Hill of the US started the day with gold in the women's 400m freestyle, finishing in 4:10.48. Diana MacManus followed soon after with a win in the women's 100m backstroke. She finished in 1:02.50. The gold medal in the women's 4x100m freestyle relay also went to the US.

Out of the pool, Agustina Garcia scored two goals as world field hockey champion Argentina earned a berth in the 2004 Olympics with its win over the US.

"Getting to Greece was our goal here and thankfully we did that today," Argentine player Cecilia Rognoni said. "Our goal now is to win every game before the Olympics start."

US leading scorer Tracey Fuchs was held without a shot in the first half, but scored the Americans' only goal. Cecilia Del Carril scored Argentina's third goal.

Matias Paredes scored the match-winning goal for the men in the 38th minute.

Uruguay won the bronze medal on the women's side, beating Chile in penalty strokes 5-4 after a 2-2 draw in regulation. Cuba also took bronze at Chile's expense, winning the men's third-place match 6-2.

Earlier, Mabel Mosquera of Colombia set a Pan American Games record in women's weightlifting, hoisting a combined 195kgs to win the gold medal in the 53kg category.

Yordany Borrero of Cuba won the gold in the 69kg class, lifting 317.5kg, while Ecuador's Maria Alexandra Escobar earned the final weightlifting gold of the day, winning the 58kg category with a lift of 210kg.

In taekwando, Cuba and the US each won a gold medal.

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