Sun, Aug 04, 2019 - Page 11 News List

US surges with 100 medals in a week

PAN AM GAMES:Seven badminton medals pushed Canada to second overall, but Ygor Coelho prevented a sweep by becoming the first Brazilian to win the men’s singles gold

Reuters, LIMA

Connor Baxter of the US paddles at the end of the stand-up paddle race men’s grand final at the Pan American Games in Lima on Friday.

Photo: AFP

The US needed only one week to hit the medal century mark at the Pan American 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 Thursday.

Despite those big days, no nation was able to keep pace with the US, who reached 101 total medals.

Not yet halfway through the Games and the US have flexed their muscles to snatch 41 golds and leave Canada a distant second on 16 golds and 63 total medals.

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 singles final.

It was a 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.

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 were on the badminton court, Cuba matched that and more in the boxing ring.

Of the 14 gold medals Cuba have accumulated, more than half have come from their boxers.

Olympic heavyweight bronze medalist Erislandy Savon, reigning Olympic middleweight champion Arlen Lopez and light welterweight Andy Cruz all defended their crowns from four years ago at the Toronto Pan Am Games.

Bantamweight Osvel Caballero Garcia also took top spot on the podium.

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 US have dominated on the shooting range and Lucas Kozeniesky added to the US haul with a victory in the men’s 10m air rifle.

With one day remaining in the shooting events, the US have won 17 medals, including eight golds. The only other nation to reach the top of the podium has been Cuba.

The US 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 Lena Guimaraes.

While surfing is to make its Olympic debut next year at the Tokyo 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.

“The dream is now to see SUP as an Olympic event,” Baxter said. “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,” he added. “To see us in the Olympics in 2024 in Paris, if it was possible would be fantastic."

This story has been viewed 1136 times.

Comments will be moderated. Keep comments relevant to the article. Remarks containing abusive and obscene language, personal attacks of any kind or promotion will be removed and the user banned. Final decision will be at the discretion of the Taipei Times.

TOP top