Pan American Games | Day 13 - As it Happened
Pan American Games 2019 highlights
Thursday 8th August was the 13th day of medals at these 18th Pan American Games in Peru.
It brought tears and cheers as records fell and athletes rose to the occasion. Scroll down to find out how it all happened.
And join us on Friday 9th August, for our live blog of the 14th day medals are being handed out at Lima 2019!
Live Blog - Thursday 8th August
00:36am - Wrestling Highlights
We're wrapping things up on the blog with a few highlights of a big day for the U.S. in the ring.
Patrick Smith won gold.
So did Sarah Hildebrandt. Without dropping a single point! A little like Cuba's Mijain Lopez (Scroll down!).
11:59pm - Take Heart
USA can always take heart in the other relay that they won, the first ever Pan Am mixed relay.
Love this highlight clip, not one for careful analysts!
11.17pm - Argentina's golden girl
11.05pm - USA Disqualified!
Late drama as that mixed medley relay win for the U.S. is wiped from the board, they've been disqualified.
That means Brazil takes the mixed 100m medley, Canada get an upgrade to silver and Argentina climb onto the podium.
Best guess is someone going too soon during the relay, the we'll find out in a few minutes.
The official mixed 100m medley race result now reads:
- Brazil 3:48.61
- Canada 3:49.97
- Argentina 3:50.53
The medal ceremony is on right now, Brazil's quartet of Guilherme Guido (2 gold medals tonight), Joao Gome Jr., Giovanna Diamante, and Larissa Martins are atop.
They're hailed by the Brazil fans who've stayed around for the medal ceremony, gold is a nice reward for their patience too, good reception for Argentina also, and a smaller Canadian contingent make their voices heard.
So why were the U.S. disqualified?
We're hearing the second swimmer of the relay in the water - Cody Miller - made an illegal movement with his leg during his breaststroke 100, that's the reason for the disqualification.
A costly error.
10:54pm - Mixed 4x100m medley relay
USA aiming for their second mixed relay title starting with: Phoebe Bacon, Cody Miller, Tom Shields and Margo Geer.
The U.S. had over 4 seconds on their nearest rival in the prelim and so it was in the final.
USA win by a long way.
- USA 3:42.96
- Brazil 3:48.61
- Canada 3:49.97
Or maybe not... A disqualification?
10:41pm - Andrew Abruzzo wins men's 800m freestyle
Another statement swim from the USA's exciting 19-year-old, he won the USA's first gold medal of the Pan Ams on Tuesday 6th August in the men's 400m and has underlined his talent by taking the 800m too.
Brazil's Miguel Leite Valente swam a real challenge to Abruzzo who showed a wise head on young shoulders with his strategy, he didn't lead until the final 50m, but broke away at the right time in the final length and stroked home fluently to guarantee gold.
Mexico's Ricardo Vargas completes the podium.
- Andrew Abruzzo (USA) 7:54.70
- Miguel Leite Valente (BRA) 7:56.37
- Ricardo Vargas (MEX) 7:56.78
10:29pm - Men's 800m free
U.S. top seed here is Andrew Abruzzo who swam a 7:54.51 heat.
He was very impressive in the men’s 400 free, can he take the 800 free too?
A surprise leader after 100m is El Salvador's Marcelo Acosta, but there's a tight pack with the big guns biding their time.
Still Acosta setting the pace, Brazilian Miguel Valente takes over, and he leads by half a length over Abruzzo.
The U.S. swimmer looks comfortable, really nice rhythm.
Final stretch, Valente still out front... But here comes Abruzzo, neck and neck!
Abruzzo into the lead!
7:54.70 wins it.
10:23pm - Delfina Pignatiello wins women's 800m
A second gold medal for Argentina's rising swim star Pignatiello, and silver for USA's 16-year-old sensation Mariah Denigan.
- Delfina Pignatiello (ARG) 8:29.42
- Mariah Denigan (USA) 8:34.18
- Viviane Eichelberger (BRA) 8:36.04
Argentina's swimming hope Delfina aims big
Argentina's swimming hope Delfina aims bigDouble Youth Olympic Games silver medallist swimmer Delfina Pignatiello first came to prominence at Buenos Aires 2018. Now, after a change of coach and setting two South American records in the pool, the 19-year-old has her sights firmly set on bigger things.
10:10pm - Women's 800m free
This is going to be good.
19-year-old Delfina Pignatiello is gunning for her second gold medal in Lima, but 16-year-old American Mariah Denigan is top seed after an 8:28.15 swim this morning, 4 seconds clear of Pignatiello who came closest to her.
Pignatiello going well and is ahead after 100m, she's opened a significant lead of a few metres.
The Argentine still out alone,
Delfina: 3:40.46 Denigan: 3:44.57, 4 second lead for Pignatiello.
Pignatiello: 5:17.06 Denigan: 5:22.11 - nearly 5 seconds now, the Argentinian is not letting up.
6:53.44 vs. 6:58.49
This is Pignatiello's race: 8:29.42
10.05pm - Anne Lazor
We caught up with U.S. gold medallist and Pan Am record wrecker Anne Lazor after her big swim:
“It was really great swimming for the USA and winning medals. It’s amazing what the whole team is doing. Yesterday the team nailed it at the relay, it’s really awesome that the USA is getting so many great performances."
"Breaking the record is really great, it's probably going to be broke in a few years, but records are records and beating it feels great."
9:56pm - Men's 100m backstroke
Daniel Carr is top seed in this race after he was the only man to crack 54 seconds in the heats.
But Brazil's Guilherme Guido is a two-time Pan Am relay gold medallist and won silver in this race at Toronto 2015.
Guido fastest at the split.. this is gonna be close...
0.04 of a second between then!
It's Carr 1st, Guido 2nd, Trinidad and Tobago make the podium after a great swim from Dylan Carter.
- Daniel Carr (USA) 53.50
- Guilherme Guido (BRA) 53.54
- Dylan Carter (TTO) 54.42
9:39pm - Swimming: Women's 100m backstroke
USA's latest Ledecky?
We have a U.S. teen sensation up in the next race, 16-year-old American Phoebe Bacon is the only one who swam under a minute this morning.
Canada’s Danielle Hanus will be out to break U.S. dominance.
Bacon with a commanding lead already, and she sees it out, great swimming.
Close to a Pan Am record too!
Bacon swims 59.47, 0.42 seconds off Sarah Coughlin's record of 59.05 which stays standing.
- Phoebe Bacon (USA) 59.47
- Danielle Hanus (CAN) 1:00.34
- Etiene Pires de Medeiros (BRA) 1:00.67
9:35pm - Argentina/Canada in 12th-straight hockey final
Argentina and Canada qualified for their 12th-straight men’s hockey final today at the Pan American Games.
Defending champions Argentina easily reached the gold-medal match with a comfortable 5-0 win over United States, the Toronto 2015 runners-up Canada battled out a tight 3-2 win over Chile in their semifinal matchup.
Captain Scott Tupper opened the scoring on 18 minutes, but the Chileans refused to lie down and twice came back, levelling the scores for the second time seven minutes from the end when Hernan Rodriguez (CHI) made it 2-2. Tupper then stepped up to settle the tie with his second of the game.
“That [the 2-2] was quite disappointing," Tupper said. "I thought we could kill the game a bit, but they scored a world-class goal. So be it.
"We still had some minutes left and we knew if we would knock the ball around and be sharp, we would get an opportunity to score. Luckily we did."
“We felt the pressure today. Luckily today we went three-for-three with the penalty corners, which was really nice. It helped us to get the result. If you execute at the big moments, you get away with the win.”
Having finished in the silver-medal position behind the Argentines at the last two Games, Canada hope for a reversal of fortunes this time around.
“We hope to come away with a gold medal," Tupper said. "That hasn’t been done for a while [Canada last won gold at the Rio 2007 Games], so we would like to do it now.
"It won’t be easy, because Argentina has a very experienced and talented squad. But we look to put our best foot foward."
The US men’s team will take on Chile in their first bronze-medal match since Mar del Plata in 1995.
“Of course it’s a pity that we couldn’t challenge Argentina [in the semi-finals] and try to get into the final. We just gave it away too easily,” said Deegan Huisman (USA).
“We still have the bronze-medal match coming up, so we have to focus on that one right now. We are getting closer and closer [to the bigger teams],” he said.
The hockey competition at Lima 2019 continues tomorrow, August 9, with the women’s bronze-medal match [Chile v USA] at 15:00 and the women’s final [Argentina v Canada] at 17:15 at Villa Maria del Triunfo.
9:25pm - Another Pan Am record!
Will Licon wins gold and topples the second Pan Am record of the night.
Licon goes 2:07.62 to cross out Thiago Simon's previous mark of 2:09.82 that the Brazilian set at Toronto 2015.
His teammate Nicolas Fink settles for silver and Mexico makes the podium through Miguel de Lara.
- Will Licon (USA) 2:07.62
- Nicolas Fink (USA) 2:08.16
- Miguel de Lara (MEX) 2:11.23
9:21pm - Men's 200m breaststroke
American duo Nic Fink and Will Licon are top seeds in the 200 breast, Fink swam the fastest heat in 2:10.02 but Mexicans Miguel de Lara and Mauro Castillo will be right in the mix for medals here.
Licon leads in lane five, Fink second in lane 4.
9:17pm - Peru! Peru! Peru!
Peru's unconditional love continues as the Aquatics Centre rattles to the sound of a 'Peru, Peru!' chant.
It's a B final with no medal going but it sounds like an Olympic gold medal race.
9:13pm - Nathan Adrian's first individual medal after cancer
Nathan Adrian has received huge acclaim from the crowd, and not just the U.S. fans either as he collects his first individual medal since he was diagnosed with and cured of testicular cancer.
Brazil's Marcelo Chierighini wears a deserved gold after his 48.09 swim.
9:06pm - Anne Lazor breaks Pan Am record
And she doesn't just break it, she smashes it!
Lazor wins the 200m breastroke gold medal in 2:21.40, practically three seconds faster than Kierra Smith's previous record of 2:24.38 which she set at Toronto 2015.
Official results of the women's 100m breaststroke:
- Anne Lazor (USA) 2:21.40
- Bethany Galat (USA) 2:21.84
- Julia Sebastian (ARG) 2:25.43
8:56pm - Women's 200m breastsroke
USA's Anne Lazor is the woman to watch here in lane 4.
Her 2:26.17 was fastest in the heats, Mexico's Byanca Rodriguez was closest with a 2:27.00.
Mexico's brought a lot of support again, big love for Esther Medina and Byanca Rodriguez.
Argentina's Julia Sebastian leads at the split, and still in front after 100m.
But here they come, right on time, great strategic swimming from the U.S. swimmers.
USA go 1-2, and it's a Pan Am record!
Anne Lazor wins it.
8:40pm - Men's 100m free
Biggest roar for Nathan Adrian at the starters announcement.
Michael Chadwick comes in as the top seed in the 100 free, he swan 48.94 in the heat, the fastest time.
But look out for Brazilian sprinters Marcelo Chierighini and Breno Correia and Venezuela’s Cristian Quintero.
Nathan Adrian swam 49.54 in the heat.
Chierighini kisses the wall first! Nathan Adrian second!
The Brazilian breaks U.S. dominance.
- Marcelo Chierighini (BRA) 48.09
- Nathan Adrian (USA) 48.17
- Michael Chadwick (USA) 48.88
8:34pm - Women's 100m free
USA swimmer Margo Geer will be aiming for the title here, she had the fastest heat time of 54.65, but Canadians Alexia Zevnik and Alyson Ackman will be right there, Lia Neal in the running too.
They swim to the Spice Girls!
Not hard to guess what these swimmers really really really want.
Gold for Geer!
She led early and never looked back, silver for Zevnik, bronze goes to Brazil's Larissa Martins.
- Margo Geer (USA) 54.17secs
- Alexia Zevnik (CAN) 55.04
- Larissa Martins (BRA) 55.25
The start of another big night for the U.S.' sharks in the pool?
8:25pm - "Make them sick of the U.S. National Anthem"
That was what Nathan Adrian said last night after the USA won 5/6 gold medals last night here in Lima.
Tonight we could easily see something similar with the top seed in each of the races coming from the United States.
8:05pm - Swimming!
We've made it to the warm embrace of the Aquatics Centre in la Videna after the creeping cold of the athletics stadium.
Which is nice.
There are 9 gold medals there for the taking this evening.
Which is even nicer.
Let me leave you alone with the menu for a minute:
7:02pm - Lopez: "I'm already thinking about Tokyo"
After a demolition job on the Greco-Roman field, Mijain Lopez said this to Olympic Channel:
"Very happy to have my 5th Pan American Games gold. An achievement that leaves a record in Pan Am wrestling. Time to enjoy it."
Not too much though, Lopez is already dead set on making more history.
“I'm already thinking about Tokyo 2020," he said, "this was an advance on preparation."
6:44pm - Mijain Lopez: "Unbeatable"
Cuba's 'el Terrible' has just won his Greco-Roman wrestling final bout to claim his 5th Pan American Games gold medal.
Lopes has won the past three Olympic golds in the 120kg category and looks good for a tilt at another in Tokyo.
Venezuela's Moises Perez was his latest victim in the final, Lopez took it 9-0.
He won his quarter-final 8-0, semi-final 4-0, and the final 9-0.
6:32pm - Fallen hurdler gets big lift
Juander went down and he stayed down, crashing out on the final hurdle having led for the entire race.
He lay there in tears right in front of the crowd, the race long won, but eventually got to his feet and limped across the line to a massive roar and applause from the crowd, part sympathy, part appreciation.
The race was won in 48 seconds and his official time is listed as 2:09.37.
Another lovely moment in Lima.
6:23pm - Drama at the final hurdle
The Dominican Republic's Juander Santos came hard out of the blocks and flowed around the track, front-running the entire race but smashes into the final hurdle and crashes to the ground.
Brazil's Alison Alves Dos Santos keeps his composure to stride past the tumbling Dominican and bring it home.
USA's Amere Lattin took silver and Kemar Mowatt bronze for Jamaica.
- Alison Alves Dos Santos (BRA) 48.45
- Amere Lattin (USA) 48.98
- Kemar Mowatt (JAM) 49.09
More hardware for Jamaica and the soundtrack is their's too, Damian Marley filling the airwaves with solid sounds again, this time it's 'All Night' featuring his brother Stephen Marley.
6:17pm - Men's 400m hurdles
We're listening to the Cuban national anthem as Yarislay Silva gets her hands on that third consecutive gold.
The men's 400m hurdlers are pacing about like caged panthers.
5:59pm - Women's 400m hurdles: Watson disqualified!
A clean start and a clean run from Canada's Sage Watson who runs a 55.16 season's best, that was a sensational race.
Watson won bronze in her home Games in Toronto at 21 years of age, in the 4x400m relay, but this gold in Lima is all her own.
USA's Anna Cockrell is 21 right now and a late charge down the home straight from her gave us a tight finish. Much to come from Cockrell you feel.
Jamaica's Rushell Clayton added to the Caribbean Island's treasure chest by winning bronze after she clocked 55.53.
Woah... wait... Sage Watson has been disqualified! Why? Lane infringement? We're finding out...
It's gold for USA!
- Anna Cockrell (USA) 55.50
- Rushell Clayton (JAM) 55.53
- Zurian Hechavarria (CUB) 55.85
5:54pm - Women's 400m hurdles
Colombia's national anthem rings out as Zambrano proudly wears his gold medal, the women's 400m hurdles is poised.
It's a long time to be standing there in this cold.
It's a chilly day in Lima, 16 degrees Celsius, around 60 Fahrenheit and dropping, and the Trinidad and Tobago delegation in the stands looks like they've come to a winter Olympics!
The women's 400m athletes are trying to stay warm practising starts, swaying, stamping and shaking it out.
5:50pm - Believe
5:42pm - Men's 400m is Colombia's
Colombia's Anthony Jose Zambrano beats his chest as he completes a tour-de-force of a run.
Justin Robinson led for much of the race but Zambrano had no intention of being beaten.
He blew past Robinson and let everyone else in his wake too, running 44.83.
Robinson ran out of gasolina in the final 20 metres and was passed by Jamaica's Denvo Gaye.
- Anthony Jose Zambrano (COL) 44.83
- Denvo Gaye (JAM) 44.94
- Justin Robinson (USA) 45.07
5:24pm - Women's 400m
Rio 2016 bronze medal winner Shericka Jackson had this race in her pocket, finishing in an unflustered 50.73.
Silver went to Mexico's up-and-coming 22-year-old Paola Moran, bronze went to Rio 4x100m relay gold medallist Courtney Okolo frm the U.S.
- Shericka Jackson (JAM) 50.73
- Paola Moran (MEX) 51.02
- Courtney Okolo (USA) 51.22
They played 'Welcome to Jamrock' yesterday here in the stadium, that brilliant song by Damien Marley - youngest son of Bob - it deserves another outing here after Jackson just won the country's third track gold.
5:15pm - Men's 1500m to Mexico
That's how to finish a 1500m!
Mexico's Jose Villarreal Peinado bides his time and powers home past USA's John Gregorek.
- Jose Villarreal Peinado (MEX) 3:39.93
- John Gregorek (USA) 3:40.42
- William Paulson (CAN) 3:41.15
5:06pm - Cuba's pole vault threepeat
Yarislay Silva has now won pole vault Pan Am gold at three consecutive Pan Amercan Games.
The London 2012 silver medallist jumped 4 metres 75 centimeters - a season's best - to ward off the challenge from USA's silver medallist Kathryn Nageotte.
Nageotte vaulted 4.70m.
Canada's Alyson Newman takes bronze clearing 4.55m.
- Yarislay Silva (CUB) 4.75
- Kathryn Nageotte (USA) 4.70
- Alysha Newman (CAN) 4.55
Kiss cam time in the stadium! We've had some great songs here including Groove Armada's 'Superstylin', this one they're playing now is a bit slower, a bit more slow reggaeton, and Shazam has failed us so we can't tell you the name of the song.
The song worked though, 4 successful kisses! One couple was kissing before the camera got anywhere near them.
No encouragement necessary there.
4:56pm - Saint Lucia's Spencer flying high
Saint Lucia's Leverne Donaline Spencer has successfully defended her Toronto title from four years ago in the women's high jump competition.
She cleared 1.87m for gold.
This is Spencer's 5th Pan Ams at 35 years of age.
Antigua and Barbuda's Priscilla Frederick secured silver also leaping a season's best 1.87m, a repeat of the Toronto Games top two.
Jamaican jumper Kimberley Williamson is 3rd having jumped 1.84m.
4:47pm - First ever Pan Am athletics medal for Costa Rica!
It's the first ever Pan Am athletics medal for Costa Rica!
And it comes in the women's 100m hurdles event.
Tears and cheers for Andrea Carolina Vargas who writes her name and her 12.82 time into the record books.
Team USA's Chanel Brissett clipped a hurdle in the final stretch and slowed down, she was frustrated with herself at the finish line, bronze belongs to Jamaica's Megan Simmonds.
- Andrea Carolina Vargas (CRC) 12.82
- Chanel Brissett (USA) 12.99
- Megan Simmonds (JAM) 13.01
4:29pm - Men's 200m
In the men's 200m it's an open field after the withdrawal of Bahamas' Steven Gardiner.
There are eight men in the field who have run quicker than 20 seconds.
Ecuador´s Alex Quiñonez was the quickest qualifier doing the half-lap in 20.41.
That time came in the first of three semi-finals, the Dominican Republic's Yancarlos Martinez was second behind Quiñonez running 20.45.
In the second semi-final the two quickest were 22-year-old Cuban Reynier Mena in 20.56 and Canada's Jerome Blake who ran 20.63.
In the third semi-final Panama's Edward Alonso who won bronze at the 2015 Pan Ams cruised to first in 20.65 and Roberto Skyers did 20.66.
4:23pm - Fraser-Pryce into 200m final
Double Olympic champion Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce is unsurprisingly into the women’s 200m final.
The Jamaican sprint star wins her semi-final in 22.90.
But she doesn't run the fastest semi-final, that distinction goes to Brazil’s Vitoria Cristina Silva who ran 22.72.
But can anyone catch Fraser-Pryce at final pace?
Coming up on Friday, catch it live here!
3:41pm - Chile hammer 1-2
Cause to celebrate for Chile, Gabriel Kehr wins the competition with a second round throw of 74.98m.
While his compatriot Humberto Mansilla wasn't far behind throwing 74.38m.
United States’ Sean Donnelly claims bronze on 74.23m.
- Gabriel Kehr (CHI) 74.98m
- Humberto Mansilla (CHI) 74.38m
- Sean Donnelly (USA) 74.23m
2:36pm - Lima's Puppie love
Coca, Negra, Preta, Bambye, Reina, Are, Hermes, Pablo, Chato, Puñete, Toby, Gringo and Sultan: just some of the dogs who are winning the hearts of Americas' finest in the Athletes Village.
13 dogs who live around the area in the streets were chosen to stay with the athletes, all are up for adoption and are proudly wearing their own accreditation, which shows that they've been well looked after and have had all of their vaccinations.
They're enjoying their stay with some of the best athletes in the world.
The head of the Athletes Village Paloma Yrrivarren explained that when construction started in 2017, the dogs befriended the workers on the site and now they're still here as part of a campaign to find homes for them.
"We have some older dogs who stayed around because there was food for them, every one of them has their story, some of them very sad, so we're looking for food, medicine and loving homes for them."
Luckily, 'Cathletes Village' is in another part of town.
1:55pm - Mr. Terrible
Watch out for this guy later today.
1:08pm - MEMES!
All this amazing swimming reminded us a little of Rio and this viral meme.
The Pan Am lifeguards must be feeling the same!
Here's our carefully curated collection of memes so far, we've added a few!
12:48pm - Volleyball team is pride of Peru
There's a lot of love for the Peruvian women's volleyball team today after they defeated Canada yesterday, they'll take on Colombia this evening at 8.30pm in what'll be another stadium packed full of singing, cheering, dancing fans willing their team on.
Meet Peru's Angela Leyva who says they're going to give it everything they have for these Peru fans:
12:42pm - Chris Mears retires
British Olympic gold medallist Chris Mears retired today, he has an incredible story and nearly didn't make it after he collapsed at the Youth Commonwealth Games in Australia.
He was resuscitated five times in the intensive care unit, here's how he went from that to the top of the podium:
“I was resuscitated six times in the operating theatre”
“I was resuscitated six times in the operating theatre”GB's Olympic champ Chris Mears came close to death and since then he’s lived for his great passions: diving and music.
12:39pm - Simone Biles
Simone broke down in tears yesterday after training, here's what happened:
12:36pm - What's in Natoya Goule's kit bag?
Natoya Goule won the first of three Jamaican Pan Am gold medals at the athletics track yesterday in the women's 800m race, we spoke to her in Lima and she showed us what a champion runner keeps in her kit:
She also had some words of admiration for direct 800m rival Caster Semenya:
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12.21pm: Pan American Games 2019 Rowing results
It was an early start for rowers on Day 13, here's what happened this morning.
Chile won the first top prize on offer in the women's coxless pairs, it finished:
1. Chile 7:31.44s
2. Canada 7:36.06
3. Mexico 7:46.04
Cuba's Aimee Hernandez and Yariulvis Cobas won the women's double sculls, finishing in 7min 10.74secs.
Here are the results:
1. Cuba 7:10.74
2. United States 7:12.72
3. Argentina 7:18.85
Rodrigo Murillo and Cristian Rosso were victorious in the men’s double sculls final for Argentina, pulling away to win clearly, and it was another medal for Cuba, Boris Guerra and Adrian Oquendo took silver finishing 2mins 27secs behind the Argentine pair.
1. Argentina 6:25.16.
2. Cuba 6:27.43
3. Brazil 6:29.72
Brazil’s Uncas Batista and Lucas .
The men's coxless four also went to Argentina who had a fine morning on the waves:
1. Argentina 6:07.02
2. Cuba 6:09.53
3. Brazil 6:10.67
11:51pm - Echevarria: Black Panther
Cuba's Pan American long jump gold medallist Juan Miguel Echevarria knows which superhero he's most like.
10:49am - Eve Jobs wins Pan Am medal
Ever heard of a little company called Apple?
They make electronic devices, that type of thing.
You may have heard of their late co-founder too, Steve Jobs, his daughter is in Lima competing in equestrian events with Team USA, and they won bronze in the team jumping event yesterday.
Eve is writing her own story, scroll down for a review of her performances here in Lima so far.
It was a team jumping bronze for Team USA yesterday, as Eve Jobs got her first look at the view from a Pan American podium along with Alex Granato, Lucy Deslauriers, and experienced Olympic champion Beezie Madden.
Jobs' love for horses began when her father, Steve, the late co-founder of Apple, helped her up to a pony when she was only two years old.
This early fascination with equestrian sports became, little by little, a life goal.
Now Eve is out to make her own way, and a medal at 21-years-of age in her first Pan Ams is a very impressive start.
Jobs was smiling on her mare Venue d`Fees des Hazalles after her performance on the first day, but she was, as she said, very nervous before.
“I was a little nervous because I wanted to do my best for my team and for myself. Luckily, my mare was great, I can't be happier for that,” she said.
On Day 11, Tuesday 6th August, Jobs went through the 13 obstacle 570m course in 71.16 seconds to place 6th in the first qualifying round of individual jumping.
“It was my first time participating in the Pan American Games and my first time in Lima. It has been great and I hope it continues like this,” declared Jobs, who studies at Stanford University.
On her second day of performance, Eve helped the team onto the podium with Brazil taking gold, Mexico silver and the USA earning bronze.
Jobs was full of praise for her 14-year-old Belgian Warmblood mare, Venue d’Fees des Hazalles, after her second day of riding:
"I think my mare jumped fantastically and, although I could not jump two fences too well, I did it the best possible. I could not ask my mare for more.”
On Wednesday the 21-year-old said bringing Venue was an obvious choice:
"She is my main mare. She is the one that I have been riding in the important championships so I think that coming with her to Lima was an obvious choice.”
“My mare is phenomenal, she’s always been there when I need her and that gives me a lot of confidence. I feel very proud of my relationship with her,” she said.
Her relationship with her team is also a close one:"We got closer together as a team and it was fun. Lucy Deslauriers has been one of my best friends since I was 15 so it has been very special to be here with her.”
“I was a little nervous because I wanted to do my best for my team and for myself. Luckily, my mare was great, I can't be happier for that,” she said.
Jobs has had some friendly advice from other competitors too:
"The other competitors gave me some advice to be able to face the competition better, and I feel very lucky for that."
10:43am - Mariana Pajon gets on her bike
She did it at London 2012, she did it again at Rio 2016, could she make it three-in-a-row at Tokyo 2020?
Watch this Olympic star today.
10am - Nathan Adrian: "The beds are more comfy here!"
After the USA swim team show last night Nathan Adrian had some positive words for the Pan Ams, and said the beds are more comfortable here than at the World Championships!
Who and what to look out for on Day 13
Day 13 will be lucky for some in Lima with no fewer than 10 gold medals up for grabs in athletics alone.
Women's high jump, men's hammer throw, women's pole vault, women's 100m hurdles, both 400m and 400m hurdles finals, and the women's 800m heptathlon will all crown champions today.
Thompson took 100m gold yesterday.
BMX racing begins and we'll see Colombia's two-time Olympic gold medallist Mariana Pajon in action.
Men's and women's qualifying time trials start at 11.30am.
Exclusive! Mariana Pajon: "The injury made me stronger"
Exclusive! Mariana Pajon: "The injury made me stronger"Double Olympic BMX champion Mariana Pajon was out for more than seven months with torn knee ligaments. In an exclusive interview with Olympic Channel the 27-year old Colombian opens up about her difficult time away from the sport. She even had to learn to walk again. Now back on the bike, it seems the newly-crowned Pan-American champ hasn't lost a step.
Pajon retains Olympic BMX title
Pajon retains Olympic BMX titleMariana Pajon wins her second Olympic gold medal in women's BMX racing with victory in the Olympic Games Rio 2016.
A shimmering day of swimming from Team USA gave them 5/6 gold medals yesterday, can they keep that pace up today?
Nathan Adrian said the goal was to “Keep winning. Make people sick of the American national anthem. That’s the goal.”
They have no intention of slowing down.
Nathan Adrian's new motivation
Nathan Adrian's new motivationThe five-time Olympic champion is back on the blocks, more motivated than ever. The U.S. star is set to return to competitve swimming at the Tyr Pro Series meet in Bloomington, just four months after receiving a testicular cancer diagnosis. Adrian wants to share his experience with the public, to help raise awareness about this form of cancer.
Look out for a bonafide people's hero in the Greco-Roman wrestling, Cuba's larger-than-life super heavyweight giant Mijain Lopez is a 3-time Olympic and 4-time Pan American champ.
And he wants more.
He'll likely make the final which is the last gold medal match of the day.
Finals begin at 4:30pm with the women's freestyle 50kg repechage bronze.
Lopez earns third Greco-Roman Wrestling gold
Lopez earns third Greco-Roman Wrestling goldMijain Lopez Nunez secures victory for Cuba in the men's Greco-Roman wrestling 130kg gold-medal match.
Mijaín López Núñez: My Rio Highlights
Mijaín López Núñez: My Rio HighlightsThe best moments from the 2016 Summer Olympic Games
Golf tees off today and we'll also have men's hockey semi-finals: Argentina v USA 3pm & Chile v Canada 5.15pm.
Judo has three gold medals to be grappled for, elimination rounds start at 3pm, finals at 6pm for women's -48kg, men's -60kg, and women's -52kg.
Rowing offers four gold medals starting with the women's coxless pairs finals at 9am, men's doubles sculls finals at 9:10am, women's doubles sculls finals at 9:30am, and the men's coxless four final at 9:40am.
The final round of women's basketball group games takes place tomorrow, fencing features women's team foil and men's team epee gold medals.
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