Pan American Games | Day 1 - As it happened

Highlights, results, and all the fun and Games from Day 1 at the Pan American Games in Lima.

By Ken Browne ·

Day 1 as it happened

The 18th Pan American Games got underway in earnest with the first medals of the Games awarded and Olympic Channel was there onsite bringing the best of the action to you.

It was a memorable day for the hosts who won gold in the men's and women's marathon, breaking two Pan Am records on the way.

Mexico had a remarkable opening day of medal action too, topping the overall medal count ahead of Team USA.

Come back tomorrow on Day 2 for results, analysis, and highlights, plus all the latest pics, memes, gifs and other funny stuff that happens.

You can also find the schedule, who to watch, and which events double as Olympic qualifiers in our preview.

And for users in many countries we'll be live streaming events right here on Olympic Channel (click the link for restrictions in your region).

Don't worry if there are restrictions where you are, we've got you covered, this live blog will bring you all the action minute-by-minute and as it happens from our onsite team in Lima.

Live Blog - Saturday 26th July

Here's how it all went down on Day 1. Enjoy!

22:38 - USA end Day 1 on a high

The USA wore their final gold medal of the day in the women's team gymnastics.

Such a strong display from a team with some serious strength in depth. It isn't all about Simone Biles.

The U.S. finished with 171 points, winning every single category.

Canada took silver on 160.600, Brazil earned bronze with 158.550.

8:45pm - Listen to that roar!

The Peruvian fans have brilliant all day today, and they tested the structural integrity of the stadium roof here when the Peru artistic gymnastic team came in.

It's a full house with Riley McCusker about to do her thing on the beam.

7:30pm - Jamaica’s Toni-Ann Williams: I didn’t think I would be here

On 19 February, 2016 Olympian Toni-Ann Williams tore her Achilles tendon representing her University of California-Berkeley Golden Bears in a dual meet against Oregon State University. It was the final, devastating blow to Williams’ career after a string of injuries, including a previous Achilles tear and elbow injury sustained while preparing for last year’s Pan Am Championships.

Or so most – including Williams herself – thought.

"After I tore my Achilles, I said, ‘I am retired. I’m done with this. I’m not doing this anymore,’” said Williams today in Lima.

But then a call came from the Jamaica Gymnastics Federation. They wanted to see if she would come back to the sport once again, even if that meant on two or three events.

“I’m like, ‘Okay, I’ll try my best to rally and do what I can,’” said Williams. “After six weeks of training and getting back in shape after surgery, I’m really excited about where I’m at. I’m really optimistic.”

The 23-year-old told Olympic Channel she had been cleared to run just last week and joked about having to fudge her replies to questions from her therapist on how training was going.

When the World Championships begin 1 October in Stuttgart, Williams expects to add back her two favorite events: the vault and floor exercise.

“I’m really excited to get back on the other events,” she said.

7:24pm - USA Gymnasts up in an hour

Find out what to expect here:

6:52pm - Shock exit for Luisito

Luisito Pie was a hero at home when he took home the Dominican Republic's only medal from Rio 2016.

But he was stunned in the early rounds by Venezuela's Yohandri Granado in the -58 kg taekwondo kyorugi.

Granado scored with solid kicks to the body in the second round as Pie's high kicks flew around his opponent's head failing to meet their mark.

Granado withstood a late flurry from the Olympic medallist to cause one of the upsets of the day.

6:29pm - Rugby 7's semi-finals

USA vs Brazil, Canada vs. Colombia.

Those are the two semi-finals that will give us the women's Rugby 7's finalists.

The United States rolled Colombia 38-0 to finish top of their group and Canada battered Brazil 26-0 to finish leader of theirs.

Those results give you a good idea of who the favourites are to make the finals.

This is how the groups finished:

Group A
U.S. 9
Colombia 7
Argentina 5
Trinidad and Tobago 3

Group B
Canada 9
Brasil 7
Perú  5
México 3

But the long-term winners may well be the hosts Peru who want to use these Games as springboard to greater sporting development.

They got the biggest cheer today at the Rugby Field when they mashed Mexico 38-7 with a stunning performance from flier Michelle Flores who scored 5 tries for 'Las Tumis'.

Peru will play two games tomorrow to see can they finish 5th, first against Trinidad and Tobago and if they win that they'll face the victors of Argentina-Mexico.

6:05pm - If food was an Olympic sport...

Food is not an Olympic sport, but if it were then Peru would easily be podium topping contenders.

Lima 2019 gives Peru a chance to show the world the best it has and the food is as good as food gets.

Distinctive, diverse, delicious - one taste and you're a devotee for life.

Ceviche, causa, huancaina, caldo de gallina, aji de gallina, chicha morada, tamales...

If you've never tried any of these then get thee to a Peruvian restaurant right now (Bringing the blog with you on your phone of course).

Here's our favourite show cooking chef and a ceviche he knocked together earlier.

Que rico!

Peruvian chef shows off some delicious ceviche

5:39pm: Two Pan Am records one gold medal

Beatriz Piron ripped up the record books in the women's 49kg weightlifting final.

Piron lifted 87kg in the snatch - a new Pan Am record - and 106kg in the clean and jerk for a total of 193 kilos - another Pan Am record!

It was also the Dominican Republic's first gold medal of the Games.


5:29pm - Gold medals pile up for Peru!

Diego Elias adds to home joy by winning squash gold.

The Peruvian came out on top in the final against Colombian Miguel Angel Rodriguez, winning 3 sets to 1: 11-6, 7-11, 12-10, 11-8, in an electrifying match that lasted an hour and fifteen minutes.

Look what it means to the fans, Peru really has got behind these Games in a big way.

5:03pm - Strong finish for Canada gymnasts

After opening competition with two falls off the balance beam, Team Canada rebounded with strong performances on the final three pieces of apparatus to earn a 160.600 total score. That's a 13.383 average that a strong American team will be looking to best when they get underway at 8:30 pm local time.

"Sometimes, you have a mistake and it’s not exactly what you want," 2015 Pan Am Games all-around champion Elsabeth Black of Canada said afterward, "but we go out there to fight for the team and to fight for the rest of the performances."

Teammate Brooklyn Moors added, "I had a bit of a rough go today but I knew I was there just to practice and do it for the team. It just gave me motivation as we get ready for Worlds."

Moors provided one of the highlights of the day on the floor exercise. Her stunning 2017-18 routine earned acclaim and much love among gymnastics fans. Something that was not lost on her as she set to work on creating her new exercise after last year's World Championships.

"I felt like I had a lot of expectations to create a better floor routine, but my coach and I and my choreographer just worked for months," Moors admitted. "When I say months, I mean a long time just to find the right routine and the right story to perform for the audience and to engage people."

"I’m pretty happy with the outcome," she said.

So, too, was Black: “Whatever she does, she’s going to be beautiful.”

Canada's Ellie Black and Brooklyn Moors pose after competition

4:49pm - Tokyo 2020 Qualification

Remember, the Pan Am Games are a path to Tokyo in 22 different events, one of them being modern pentathlon where Mexico's Mariana Arceo took first place in the laser run confirming her as overall champion, gold medallist and her Tokyo berth.

USA's Samantha Achterburg has booked her ticket too after a silver medal finish.

Egyptian Olympian Amro Elgeziry, the U.S. men and U.S. Youth Olympian Brendan Anderson, will have their chance at qualifying for Tokyo 2020 on Sunday.

This is the only sport where U.S. athletes qualify by name, and not by team or NOC in Lima.

4:28pm - Athletes Corner- Interview with Micah Franklin

We caught up with first time Pan Am athlete Micah Franklin of Bermuda.

The first day of competition for Lima 2019 squash took place at the VIDENA, the National Sports Village that also hosts other sports such as bowling, handball, aquatics, and badminton.

Inside one of the many courts for the men’s singles, Bermuda’s Micah Franklin defeated El Salvador’s Israel Abrego Aguilar behind glass doors.

The turning point came in the third game said Franklin, “I would say in the third game Aguilar made three mistakes at the end. At that point you could see it in him, he lost his motivation, I gained my motivation. I tried to steam roll from that.”

Six months of preparation have brought him to this point, but there are a few things he didn't plan for here in Lima:

“Here the conditions are cold, I’m more used to the heat. The commuting is tough. It takes quite a long time to get to and from the venue. That can cause, for me at least, stiff legs which I have to do warm ups for.”

Bermuda, an island of less than 72,000 people, isn't exactly a squash stronghold.

The lack of awareness in his home country means challenges for him as an athlete.

“Where I’m from football, cricket, and track and field get most of the coverage. Being in a small sport is difficult to get press.”

But the man from the small island has big ambitions.

Look out for his progression through the tournament, the squash competition ends July 31 with the women’s and men’s team medal event.

4:17pm - Squash

Another host gold is possible in squash with Diego Elias in the men's final.

Elias guaranteed Peru a medal yesterday and was on many paper front pages today, here he is on El Rocon with marathon gold medal winner Gladys Tejeda.

Diego Elias and Gladys Tejeda are frontpage news in Lima

3:54pm - Artistic skating gold for Argentina

Juan Francisco Sanchez was different class all throughout the competition in men's artistic skating and he gets his just rewards.

Argentina's top skater finished almost 20 points ahead of silver medallist John Burchfield from the United States.

Here's how it finished:

  1. Juan Francisco Sanchez 152.63
  2. John Burchfiel 133.17
  3. Gustavo Casado 128.09

3:51pm - Canada rebounds on floor exercise

Despite the loss of World balance beam silver medalist Ana-Marie Padurariu before competition began in Lima, the Canadian women have very much brought their A-team to the Pan Am Games.

But the team got off to a rocky start on the balance beam where their 1-2 punch of Brooklyn Moors and Elsabeth Black slipped off the beam, both recording scores below 13.000.

The duo, and thus the team, recovered well when they moved to the floor exercise. Black tumbled an impressive front full stepout to triple twist and her signature two-and-a-half twist step out to double pike to score 13.550. Known for her elegance and grace, Moors didn't disappoint in the anchor spot earning a 13.500 for her routine, which included a double front half out first pass.

3:39pm - Cuba out to continue incredible Pan Am history

Cuba has incredible record at the Pan American Games, only the United States has won more medals in the history of the multi-tournament.

Cuba sits ahead (way ahead) of Canada, Brazil, Argentina in the all-time medal count - countries many times their size and often with superior resources.

Things have started well here in Lima too, earlier Laina Perez overcame Ecuador's Andrea Perez to win gold in the women's 10 metres air pistol title.

The Caribbean island's second gold of the day went to Sergey Torres Madrigal and Fernando Jorge in the men’s C2 1000 metres canoeing final.

Boxing preliminary rounds started today too, Cuba is famed for the boxers it produces so expect them to add to the tally here in the Peruvian capital.

3:20pm - Weightlifing gold for Colombia

Colombia are starting where they left off at Toronto 2015.

8 gold medals in Canada proved their weightlifting powerhouse status, and Lima 2019 is looking good too.

Francisco Mosquera has won the men’s 61 kg event lifting 132kg in the snatch and 170kg in the clean and jerk.

302kg overall gives him gold, an upgrade on his silver from Toronto 2015.

Another Colombian Jhon Serna settles for silver with 297kg, Mexico's Antonio Vazquez wins bronze.

3:10pm - 400 million spectators

Last night's party had a huge viewership, over 400 million spectators.

3:02pm - Gymnastics competition underway

The first of three subdivisions of women's gymnastics is about to get underway in Lima. Subdivision one features a strong contingent of Canadians, including the reigning Pan Am Games all-around champion Elsabeth Black of Canada.

Gymnastics is about to start at the Polideportivo Villa El Salvador

2:17pm - Mariana Pajon crashes

A scare for all Colombia and Mari Pajon fans as the double Olympic champion suffers a crash in Zolder, Belgium at the BMX World Championships.

The reports coming out are that she's ok, nothing too serious and she should still be able to make the Pan Ams here in Lima.

Fuerza Mariana!

2:10pm - Team USA strikes bowling gold

USA's Stefanie Johnson and Shannon O'Keefe have won the top prize in women's bowling.

A score of 5317 gave the duo gold, with silver going to Mexico and bronze to the Dominican Republic.

2pm - Bruna Werts

Here's Brazil's Bruna Werts, 2019 Pan American artistic skating champion.

1:58pm - Podium

Here's the women's taekwondo poomsae podium.

1:49pm - First taste of gold for Mexico

Paula Fregoso finishes in pole position in women's taekwondo poomsae with 7.660.

Peru's Marcela Castilllo secures silver for the hosts with 7.530. 

Bronze for USA and Ecuador as U.S. contender Karyn Real records 7.510, with Claudia Cardenas on 7.210.

1:41pm - Tomorrow's front page photo

"The photo that will surely be on the front pages of all the newspapers in Peru and across America," says the official Panam account.

"Dream debut for Peru in the Pan American Games, two gold medals in marathon and an entire country celebrating."

The Peruvian President Martin Vizcarra (right) and Neven Ilic, Panam Sports President, pose with the gold medallists Gladys tejeda and Christhian Pacheco.

1:35pm - Men's Artistic skating final

Argentina won't do a men's/women's double in artistic skating after Gigi Soler finished second in her event, but Juan Sanchez has a much bigger lead from the short program than Soler did over eventual winner Bruna Wurts.

Sanchez has a lead of more than 10 points over Paraguay's Victor Lopez, and it's his to lose really.

Here's how things stand after yesterday's short program:

1 Juan Sánchez 60.95 (Argentina)

2 Víctor Lopez 50.07 (Paraguay)

3 José Díaz 47.15 (Chile)

1:26pm - More gold for Brazil!

Bruna Wurts takes gold for Brazil in women's artistic skating with a score of 103.17.

A spectacular long program sealed it for Wurts, Argentina's Giselle Soler is second on 92.15.

Ecuador's Eduarda Fuentes was in tears when her LP score was announced.

A lovely moment for Fuentes as she takes home bronze.

12:56pm - Heart set on skating gold

Argentina's Giselle Soler spoke to Olympic Channel before her long skate:

"I would love to win gold. We're fully focused on that, obviously I want to give my best on the rink, that'll give me the most satisfaction."

12:49pm - Finishing line or angry Anaconda?

Hard to tell.

Brazil's Luisa Baptista wrestles the finish line after she won the Lima 2019 women's triathlon at Playa Agua Dulce on July 27, 2019 in Lima, Peru. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

12:35 - Artistic skating

Competition is on at Videna Sports centre 3, the Argentine Giselle Soler leads the way after the women's short program yesterday while Argentina's South American champ Juan Sanchez is the leading man.

This is how it finished on the first day of action:


1 Giselle Soler 38.53 (Argentina)

2 Bruna Wurst 36.70 (Brazil)

3 Eduarda Fuente 27.37 (Equador)


1 Juan Sánchez 60.95 (Argentina)

2 Víctor Lopez 50.07 (Paraguay)

3 José Díaz 47.15 (Chile)

12:29pm - Brazil Triathlon triumph

From a double marathon win for Peru to a triathlon 1-2 for Brazil.

Luisa Baptista busts the tape in a time of 2:00:55.

Her compratriot Vittoria Lopes secures silver in 2:01:27.

Mexico's Cecilia Perez takes 3rd clocking 2:02:07.

12:24 - "Speechless!"

Ok, Alex Lee didn't say it, but he nearly did.

Any excuse to post this again:

12:21 - "It's incredible"

"It's incredible," says Team USA's Alex Lee, multiple times after he won the first gold of the Lima 2019 Games.

"I just can't stop saying that."

12:11pm - Song of the Games?

There was a fine soundtrack to the big bash last night but one song really stuck in the head.

And no it's not Despacito.

It's a Peruvian song called 'Bareto Cariñito.'

Have a listen, great track, the most liked comment on this YouTube version reads "Temoonn!" Which means 'cracker', or 'banger', or 'what a tune' in Spanish.

"I heard this song at the Pan Ams opening ceremony," continues the post from Matias Ortiz, "Love from Argentina to the Peruvian people. Viva Peru!!!"

The second top comment reads: "The best song that we could have chosen to represent Peru at the Pan American Games Lima 2019. Arriba Peru!"

It really is a lovely song.

12:08pm - Peruvian pride level: Maximo

It's been a good day for Peru so far, national pride is off the scale.

Everyone is listening to the playlist from the Opening Ceremony yesterday:

11:43am - Arriba Peru! Double marathon delight

Another gold for the hosts sets off the fans packing the street.

Christhian Pacheco is the winner of the men's marathon.

The Peruvian cracks another Pan American record in a time of 2:03:16.

That's a record that's stood for 36 years!

Mexico’s Jose Santana wins silver in 2:04.07, his Mexican teammate Juan Pacheco wins bronze in 2:05.30.

11:26am - "Lima shines"

The papers are bursting with pride at the spectacular Opening Ceremony yesterday, "Lima Sparkles" says sports daily Libero:

"The exceptional Pan American Opening Ceremony at Lima 2019 showed the continent that us Peruvians can do it too: Yes we can!"

Relive it all from our live coverage yesterday right here.

"Lima Shines"

11:13am - Gold for Peru and a new Pan Am record!

Gladys Tejeda brings home gold and collapses to the ground!

It's a new Pan American Games record: 2:30.55.

USA's Bethany Sachtleben takes silver in 2:31.20 and Colombia's Angie Orjuela grabs bronze in 2:32.27.

10:25 - Pride of Peru

Peru already won a medal in Taekwondo, but are on course to win their first gold, local hero Gladys Tejeda has a big lead in the women's marathon over USA's Bethany Sachtleben.

"We're all running with you," screams Peruvian sports daily Depor:

"We're running with you" says Peruvian sports daily paper Depor. 

10am - And the first gold of the Games goes to...


Alex Lee is best in class in the men’s poomsae taekwondo final and tops the podium.

Lee's score of 7.660 bettered Peru’s Hugo Del Castillo but that means the hosts Peru have their first medal!

Del Castillo took silver with 7.490, Mexico’s Marco Arroyo and Canadian Abbas Assadian take bronze.

08:10 am - Looking back on a colourful opening

There are a few sore heads and bodies around Lima this morning, as the city slowly begins to rise following the energetic and colourful opening ceremony.

Star act Luis Fonsi didn't disappoint, belting out his smash hit 'Despacito' to the delight of a packed stadium.

And the man himself has been thanking Lima on social media.

More on that in our review of Friday here.

06:35 am - U.S. Gymnasts expected to medal on Saturday

The first gold medals of the 2019 Pan American Games will be handed out in the next 12 hours, and a U.S. gymnast is highly likely to win one.

Team USA have an incredibly strong team in Lima, all hoping to stake their claim for a spot alongside Simone Biles at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games which take place this time next year.

You can find out more about the American contingent in our article below.

05:45 am - Water polo excitement

One of the sports that will be contested here in Lima is water polo, and over in Gwangju, South Korea, Italy have just won the world championships!

The women's world champs, USA, will of course be taking part in Peru.

You can catch all the swimming action on our live blog from Korea.

05:30am - Good morning!

Welcome to our live blog for Saturday 27th July at the Pan American Games Lima 2019.

It'll be another early start for many athletes, teams, and fans, with the first medals of the event being handed out later in the day.

Remember the action is live on, our apps for mobile devices, and on connected tv's in many areas of the world. Click the link below to check restrictions in your region.

What to watch out for on Saturday July 27

The multisport event starts in earnest today Saturday July 27, and there's oh so very much action to choose from.

The Brazilian Isaquías Queiroz will be on the on the water in the canoe sprints, he won three Olympic medals at Rio 2016 - the only Brazilian ever to clinch three medals at the same games.

Canoe sprints start at 9am local time.

In taekwondo Luisito Pie will have a weight of expectation on his shoulder after the Dominican Republic fighter took home his country's only medal at Rio.

He is his nation's Pan Ams ambassador, look out for his brother Bernardo too, he's competing at the Games.

Artistic skating got underway yesterday and Argentina looks good to top the podium in both the men's and the women's event.

Giselle Soler topped the women's and Juan Sanchez the men's short program and both could go home with gold if they put in a similar long program today.

There's a big day in store in gymnastics too with the artistic gymnastics all-around featuring USA stars Morgan Hurd and Riley McCusker, the medal event will happen in the evening session between 8:30pm - 22:35pm.

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