Pan American Games | Day 6 - As it happened
Pan American Games 2019 highlights
Day 6 of medal events at the Pan American Games 2019 was as good as sport gets.
Scroll down to find out how it all happened on Thursday 1st August!
Come back on Friday for all the action live on Day 7. Here's a schedule and everything else you need.
Live Blog - Thursday 1st August
10:57pm - Badminton: Canada crushing it
There will be a Canadian presence in all five of the finals on Friday.
The maple leafers took control of the badminton finals at Lima 2019, securing at least one representative in each of the five events during the semifinals on Thursday.
Both the women's singles and the mixed doubles will be all-Canadian affairs.
The Canadian men's doubles team played against the Cubans in a match that lasted only 22 minutes. The final score was 23-21 and 21-15 for the Canadian duo of Jason Ho-Shue and Nyl Yakura.
They’ll meet the US team of Ryan and Phillip Chew in the final.
“We entered really confident and weren't that competitive and let them develop their game and that wasn't the best strategy. We are really happy to be at another final and now we want the gold medal," said Ho-Shue.
"It's always nice to have Canada in the final matches because it shows the good work we are doing and the improvement this sport has had in our country," he added.
The Canadian duo of Rachel Honderich and Kristen Tsai will square off against Kuei-ya Chen and Jamie Hsu of the USA in the women's doubles final.
I’m in another final and that’s amazing. My last Pan Am Games was Rio 2007 and being back and in a final is incredible," said Chen.
The USA couple beat Jaqueline Lima and Samia Lima 2-1 (17-21, 21-12 and 21-18) in less than an hour of play.
“It’s been a tough match, we know pretty much this couple and tonight we had to play our best. With Jamie we are used to playing together, not always, but this final it’s an honor, a pleasure to play. But first, we have to rest”, Chen added.
In the individual tournament, there was a high-quality show.
It was tense and silent in the tribunes during the action. Even though Nikte Sotomayor of Guatemala ran and disputed every shot, she was easily beaten by the Canadian, Rachel Honderich 2-0.
Sotomayor goes into the history books anyway, her bronze is Guatemala's first Pan Am badminton medal ever.
“I’m really happy, it was the match I expected so really excited for tomorrow. Today the crowd was shy, compared to other days, but we hope tomorrow’s back”, said Honderich.
Tomorrow she will play against Michelle Li, also from Canada, in a final rematch from Toronto 2015.
“It’s really nice to have Canada, once again on the final and hitting for a gold and silver medal. Hope the gold stays on my side. Also, we have Canada at the double finals, so that’s really good for our country," said Honderich after her game.
For the men’s singles, the Canadian Brian Yang will face Ygor Coehlo of Brazil, the only player not from Canada or the USA to make a final.
10:45pm - 3m spring synchro is Canada's
Jennifer Abel and Pamela Ware bring more delight to the travelling Canadian faithful by winning gold in the 3m springboard synchro.
Silver for the USA and bronze for Mexico.
Here's how it finished:
- Jennifer Abel / Pamela Ware (CAN) 309.60
- Sarah Bacon / Brooke Schultz (USA) 290.10
- Dolores Hernandez / Paola Espinosa (Mex) 285.00
22:36 - Late disaster for Peru
2-0 up and coasting, Peru concede two late goals and only take a point from a game they really had to win.
There are some happy Hondurans here but they're in the minority.
Devastation for los rojiblancos.
With Uruguay top of the group on six points and Peru third on just one, their only hope is that Uruguay hammer Honduras and they rack up the goals against Jamaica in the next round of games.
Improbable, but not impossible.
10:07 - Yona Knight-Wisdom: "I'm not tiny like Jack Laugher!"
Yona Knight-Wisdom just won the 1m diving silver medal for Jamaica, and secured his place at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.
Where he will continue to poke fun at friend Jack Laugher's height.
Knight-Wisdom, 1.90m tall, was born in England to a Jamaican father and Barbadian mother and trained with Jack Laugher and Chris Mears.
“I love being tall because it doesn’t affect me in normal life,” said Knight-Wisdom. “I’m not tiny in normal life, like Jack. Jack is very, very conscious of his height and I always make fun of him.
“He absolutely hates it. He hates standing next to me in pictures because he looks tiny,” he said of Britain's 3m springboard Olympic champ.
"A lot of people say I look very elegant when I dive, which is always nice to hear,” said Knight-Wisdom, who features in our 'Anatomy of' series (see entry at 9:31pm, below).
“I was taught very good technique so I have been able to get good board rhythm to get pretty high. I can make up for some of the disadvantage I have because of my height by the height I can get off the board.
“So I have the time to do more of the somersaults and twists that some of the smaller guys can do. Where it really hits me is spinning in the air because I’m just that bit slower. I have to work really hard on my flexibility and awareness to make sure I maximize it as much as possible.”
Despite being brought up in Great Britain, his international diving career has been with the land of his father.
“I was never selected for any competitions to represent Great Britain, so before I represented Jamaica I’d never been to an international event," he said.
That soon changed and he found himself at the Diving World Cup, where he secured his spot at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games to become the first male diver representing the Caribbean island to go to an Olympic Games.
"Jack Laugher and Chris Mears were two of my best friends and training partners at the time, so they saw my journey from 2012, when I first started competing with Jamaica with this dream of going to the Olympics. They were with me every single step of the way," he said.
“When I qualified, Chris came over to me, and Jack came running down from the balcony, and we had a little teary moment because it was such an emotional time.”
Team GB's Laugher and Mears win diving gold
Team GB's Laugher and Mears win diving goldJack Laugher and Chris Mears win gold for Great Britain in the men's synchronised 3m springboard at Rio 2016.
9:54pm - Gooolazo!
Solano would have been proud of that one!
Jordan Guivin thunders a free kick into the top corner.
Peru 2 - 0 Honduras.
Fiesta time at the San Marcos Stadium!
9:31pm - 1m springboard diving final
It's on at the aquatics centre, some supreme diving on show.
Some massive sombreros too as Mexican fans support their boys. How do they get them on the plane?
We're on the final dives with Jamaica's Yona Knight-Wisdom up... But that dive with a 3.2 difficulty isn't enough to take it from Mexican Juan-Manuel Celaya!
Gold for Mexico, silver for Jamaica, bronze for the USA's 19-year-old promise Andrew Capobianco.
Here's how it finished:
- Juan-Manuel Celaya (MEX) 429.90
- Yona Knight-Wisdom (JAM) 429.90
- Andrew Capobianco (USA) 411.25
And if you want to know more about what makes Yona Knight-Wisdom so good, check out our Originals show 'Anatomy of...'
9:19pm - Peru and Honduras level at halftime
A goal from Kevin Quevedo and a couple of crucial saves from la pantera Cacedes in goal has Peru ahead at the equatorial mark of this game.
Honduras grew into the game and threatened at times but Peru deserve their lead having had more of the football and creating more chances.
9:05pm - Canada eh?
Having resisted it until day 6, the time has come to stick in an eh?
Pan Am Sports couldn't resist either.
8:55pm - Solano shakes it up
Peru coach Solano has made two changes to the side that lost to Uruguay: Gianfranco Chavez comes in for Jefferson Portales and Luis Acuy for Andy Polar.
No 'Pokemon Attack' today which will kill a few pre-written headlines.
The changes seem to have worked too, Acuy carrying Peru's principal threat and should have scored, just ran out of oomph before he took the shot.
Quevedo looks dangerous up front, his finish was really composed.
But wait... Oh! Massive ave from keeper Caceda in a one-on-one, he's preserved the local lead
Here are the teams:
Peru: Carlos Caceda; Eduardo Rabanal, Gianfranco Chavez, Aldair Fuentes, Carlos Huerto; Jesus Pretell, Jordan Guivin, Yamir Oliva, Kevin Quevedo, Yuriel Celi y Mauricio Montes
Honduras: Alex Guity; Jose García, Denil Maldonado, Elvin Oliva, Elison Rivas, Kervin Arriaga, Jose Reyes, Carlos Pineda, Darixon Vuelto, José Pinto, Douglas Martínez.
8:33pm - Peru v Honduras in play
Peru vs Honduras kicks off at the San Marcos Stadium in a sea of red and white, plenty of 'como no te voy a querer' (How can I not love you?) sung before the game.
There are quite a few empty seats despite the demand, something that's really frustrating Peru's passionate hincha.
Uruguay beat Jamaica 2-0 earlier today meaning they're top of Group B with two wins - they also beat Peru 2-0 in their opener.
Peru need a win here against a strong Honduras side who impressed against Jamaica...
But Peru have just scored!
What noise, there's a moher covering her child's ears!!
Kevin Quevedo with a delicious finish guiding it in with the outside of his right boot.
Cool finish from the red-and-white's number 10.
8:24pm - First Gold for Trinidad and Tobago!
Track cycling joy for Trinidad & Tobago at the Velodromo as they win their first gold medal of the Games in the men's sprint final.
Trinidad raced to a 43.972 finish, pipping the fancied Colombia who came home in 44.584.
"We knew this morning when we went 44 [seconds] when the other guys did 45... we were confident that we were on track for the gold medal" said TTO's Njisane Phillip the Velodrome in Videna.
"We were really trying to go 43 seconds and we made it [in 43.972], it was a pleasure for me and the boys to win the first track cycling gold medal here at Lima 2019.
"We committed to the final and now we are gold medallists.
"It was definitely what we aimed for with all our training and everything we set out to achieve."
Colombia's Santiago Ramirez was not happy with silver
"I only work to get gold medals, I don’t like silver or bronze" - Santiago Ramirez
"We knew they are a strong rival because we have faced each other in other Pan American Games years ago," he continued.
"Sometimes they win, sometimes we do.
"Today we take a moment to accept another defeat but we will keep working to win."
Full track cycling round-up on its way.
7:45pm - Dramatic day of surf tomorrow
Tomorrow, August 2, will be a busy day starting with ISA world gold medalists Candice Appleby and Connor Baxter’s Paddleboard 5k distance race at 9:00am Peru time.
Daniel Hughes heads into his Men’s SUP main event round at 12:50 p.m. and Candice Appleby starts her Women’s SUP surfing main event round at 1:42 p.m., leaving just enough time to recover from the morning distance race.
But Appleby won't have it all her own way, Brazil's Nicole Pacellini finished ahead of her after round 2 and Argentina's Lucia Cosoleto was close behind in third.
Conditions are expected to continue to be in the 8- to 12-foot range with a dramatic heavy shore break finish for Paddleboard racers.
The Paddleboard distance race begins with a water start in a bay just north around the point from Punta Rocas.
It follows a 5k zig zag that sends racers through the surf three times and finishes into the beach.
The world's dominant SUP racer Candice Appleby said the challenging course will require keeping her head on a constant swivel reading the conditions and timing the sets to ensure proper positioning as she traverses the main break at Punta Rocas headed toward the inside turn buoy.
6:44pm - Caribbean Cup Freediving
What a photo - thanks TTO and good luck in the free diving!
6:14pm - Argentina shut out USA 5-0
Argentina shut out the United States 5-0, winning gold at the Compejo Deportivo Villa Maria Del Triunfo.
Defence was dominant for both teams early on, before Argentina broke through to score twice during the second inning.
The albiceleste added three more runs in the fifth inning.
Argentina’s obdurate defence held firm while pitcher Huemel Mata did the damage offensively striking out nine while giving up just two hits all seven innings, led to their victory.
Joining Argentina on the podium, United States secured silver with Mexico gaining bronze. Mexico lost to the USA earlier in the day.
Argentina’s Gonzalo Ojeda, 27, says “Gold for us means a lot of years of hard work. This team has been working since 2015. Some of the guys were working since like 2011. So we have come a long way.”
He also added “United States has a pretty good team, they have a way to go because they have a lot of young guys, young pitchers so they have more work too.”
USA pitcher Duane Weiler, who gave up all five runs and was tagged with the loss, took the setback in stride.
“We knew coming into the game they are very tough team. We have already played them twice and we just knew that we had to play the best that we could to have a chance of holding them down and finishing for gold.”
5:43pm - Close call for basketball favourites
Luis Scola's Argentina were given a real game by the Dominican Republic in the Eduardo Dibos Coliseum in Lima today.
It finished 102-97 in favour of the blue-and-whites.
Dominican Republic standouts were Eloy Vargas and Adris de Leon who scored 19 and 21 points respectively.
Argentina's Real Madrid double act of Facunda Campazzo and Gabriel Deck had to come up with big games to stay the determined Dominican challenge.
Point guard Campazzo came up with 17 points and 7 assists and Deck produced 24 points - the game's top scorer - to make sure Argentina made in 2/2 so far this tournament.
Perhaps a little complacency crept from the Argentines after such a stroll in their first game against Uruguay.
5:21pm - Softball gold for Argentina!
Argentina is celebrating a 5-0 victory over the USA in the softball final!
5:03pm - USA stay alive in handball
The USA defeated Cuba 26-25 in an absolute thriller in their handball Group A match.
That keeps the USA's men alive in this tournament and means it's all but over for Cuba after two losses.
Mexico outplayed Puerto Rico winning 24-19 and Peru face favourites Brazil at 6pm today, with the canarinha heavily favoured to top Group B.
4pm - Cuba vs USA
There's a thriller on in handball, the USA and Cuba are locked at 14-14 with both teams fighting for their lives, they need to win this one if they have any hope of making it through to the next round.
Currently Argentina and Chile lead group A having defeated Cuba and the USA.
Brazil and Puerto Rico lead Group B.
3:49pm - Trinidad & Tobago turn up the heat on the track
Caribbean island's sprint cycling trio overcame cool conditions to set the pace in the velodrome this morning as track cycling came to town.
Nicholas PAUL was justifiably happy with his team’s effort in advancing to Thursday night’s men’s team sprint gold medal race at Velodromo, Villa Deportivo Nacional.
The slick Trinidad & Tobago trio’s 44.260 was the only sub-45 second time recorded amongst the six teams in the three-lap qualification dashes, with Colombia, who Trinidad & Tobago will face in the gold medal race, second in 45.046 seconds.
Brazil and Mexico will contest the bronze medal.
“It’s always good to be the fastest at the start of the day and we just need to keep it going now,” Paul said.
“It was faster than we thought we’d go because of the conditions here.
“It’s a fast track, but it’s really cool here, so for us it’s a lot harder to ride. We prefer it a bit warmer.”
Overall, the first morning of the track cycling action delivered few surprises.
Mexico and Canada booked their places on the starting line of the women’s team sprint gold medal clash while USA, Canada and Mexico comfortably marched into Thursday night's rounds of the women’s team pursuit.
The tone of the four-event men’s omnium was set in the 10.0km scratch race when several cyclists remonstrated with unwelcome drop-ins off the top.
Fierce racing continued in the tempo race with USA’s Daniel Holloway putting himself well in contention with top-three places in both Thursday morning omnium events.
The men’s and women’s team sprint and men’s omnium gold medals will be decided this evening from 6:05pm.
3:31pm - Pokemon Attack!
Solano put his trust in an attacking trident of Polar, Kevin Quevedo, and Montes in the first match but considering the poor return he will surely change it up tonight.
Before the first game sports daily Depor dubbed the attacking trio the 'Pokemon Attack'.
3:19pm - Nobby Solano's second chance
Later this evening the San Marcos stadium will be packed when 90's English football legend Nobby Solano - or 'Ñol' as they call him here - leads Peru into their second match of the tournament.
Many see this as his audition for the top job in football-mad Peru.
Expectations are high
Peru didn't start well losing 2-0 to Uruguay, their stand-out player was goalkeeper Carlos Caceda who prevented it being much worse for the ex-Boca Juniors, Newcastle, Aston Villa, West Ham, Leicester, Hull and Hartelpool man in charge.
Tonight is a second chance against Honduras - one they'll expect to win.
Remember, it's u-23 sides in Lima, so we'll see the qualifier at Tokyo 2020 - just one spot available for the winner.
Stakes are high.
3:03pm - Mexico make it count
Mexico press their man advantage and win 2-1, Francisco Venegas and Jose Godinez Navarro on target for el tri.
Julian Gaich got Argentina's goal in the first half.
Earlier in more Group A action Panama and Ecuador drew 1-1.
2:18pm - Mexico - Argentina a fiery affair
Argentina took the lead in the first half but had a man sent off just before halftime, Mexico capitalised in the second, it's 1-1 with 25 mins left to play...
2:04pm - USA-Argentina softball final underway
USA are playing Argentina for gold in the Lima 2019 softball final at the Compejo Deportivo Villa Maria Del Triunfo.
It's 0-0 as it's just started.
USA defeated Mexico 7-4 in the semi-final earlier today.
Despite the short time frame between the semi and the final, USA's Yusef Davis Jr. wasn't too bothered:
“No worries, some of us have been waiting for this moment for our entire lives. We are just going to stay composed, play together and hopefully come out on top.”
Mexico’s Edgar Lopez says the team is happy with their bronze medal because this is the first medal for Mexico in Pan Am softball.
“I know a lot of the guys on the team, actually I know the entire Mexico team,” Davis says. “A lot of good friends. Tough loss for them , but the game was great.”
Softball has been a Pan Am sport since 1979. Men's softball has never been on the Olympic program; women's softball was dropped from the Olympics in 2008, but it is returning to the 2020 Games. Softball is one of the most popular sports in the Asian Games.
2:02pm - This is how many hands Pan Am live bloggers wish they had:
1:17pm - Shooters ignore Shikira
Women's 10m rifle final results:
- Alison Weisz 249.4 (USA)
- Minden Miles 246.4 (USA)
- Fernanda Russo 225.8 (Argentina)
All three qualify for Tokyo 2020.
Shakira, Juanes and La Ley pumped up the crowd at the women's 10m rifle final, but the shooters kept their eyes on the prize.
Minden Miles from the USA fired her way to Tokyo 2020 in the preliminary round, knocking down a Pan American record on her way:
“I’m really happy. I tried to go shot by shot but sometimes the heads go so fast that’s difficult. Both of us qualified, we are two good friends so today we have real reasons to celebrate.”
But gold went to Alison Weisz, making it a Team USA 1-2.
Argentina's Fernanda Russo took bronze and will be practising her konichiwas and arigatos too:
“We have two great things to be happy for, the medal and the ticket to Tokyo." -
- Fernanda Russo
"The bronze is a real good thing, it’s one more to add for my country and the ticket is a door opener for the future”, said Fernanda Russo.
There should be a medal for best hair of the Games too, Argentina's coach would surely be a podium contender:
12:34 - Diving preview: Bringing home the bacon
Here's a full diving preview, it's an exciting day today, with medals in men's 1m and the women's 3m syncro springboard later this evening.
We've see a whole host of medallists arrive fresh from the FINA World Championships in Gwangju meaning there will be world class diving on show in Lima.
USA's Sarah Bacon took silver in the women’s 1m springboard in Korea and secured her place in history as the first diver from USA to claim an individual medal at the world championships since 2005.
She'll be favorite to take home gold from Lima.
“I’m pretty confident coming in after getting second at worlds,” she said. “It’s a confidence booster coming here to the Pan Ams.”
Having her name in the history books came as a surprise to her, however.
“I didn’t actually know that was a thing until afterwards when all the news articles came out about it, so knowing I was the first one to do that in 14 years is really exciting. I’ve had a lot of social media attention, a lot of stuff over Twitter, and Instagram DMs," she said.
While none of the Pan American teams in Gwangju managed to knock China's dive dynasty off top spot, Lima 2019 will provide a golden opportunity for other divers from USA, as well as Mexico and Canada.
Mexicans Juan Manuel Celaya Hernandez and Yahel Ernesto Castillo will want gold at Lima 2019 after claiming world championship bronze in the men’s synchronized 3m springboard.
Individually they will also be going for gold in the 1m springboard and 3m springboard respectively.
London 2012 Olympic bronze medalist in the women’s 3m springboard, Jennifer Abel (CAN), will partner Pamela Ware and look to win gold after claiming silver in Gwangju, with Mexicans Paola Espinosa and Dolores Hernandez hot on their tails.
Abel will be going for double gold as she also competes in the individual 3m springboard and will be the favorite again as she comes in as the reigning champion from Toronto 2015.
USA will be turning to Steele Johnson and the up-and-coming Andrew Capiobianco to do well in the men’s 3m springboard events, and have strong potential to grasp another gold in the women’s 10m platform with Delaney Schnell, who like many other divers here has world championship bronze in her pocket.
12:17pm - Diving
Diving is underway at Lima 2019, the men's 1m springboard qualification finished.
Jamaica's Yona Knight-Wisdom leads the way with Mexicans Juan Manuel Celaya and Ernesto Castillo second and third.
USA's Andrew Capiobianco is 4th.
The final is later this evening at 8:30pm, right after the women's 3m syncro springboard gold medal is won - that starts at 7pm here.
This was 1:30am this morning here in Lima when they were setting up for the diving after the artistic swimming, the venue looks immaculate today.
Imagine all that work that goes in behind the scenes... A doff of the cap to everyone involved.
12:05pm - Handball highlights
Brazil won the women's handball gold medal yesterday against arch-nemesis Argentina, here are some highlights...
Speak Spanish? Great, because the report is in español.
No worries, there's plenty of action to watch...
11:40am - "Jamaican crocodiles are laid back"
Or so says Jamaica's canoe sprinter Clive 'Tony' Greyson, who came to the sport as easy as A, B, C:
“I started with athletics and I thought, ‘Well maybe that might be a bit of a challenge to beat Usain Bolt’. So then I went to ‘B’ which was bobsleigh.
It’s too cold.
‘C’ was canoe, so I thought, ‘OK, I’ll do some canoe’."
At 51 years of age, paddler Greyson is still going, and he may have finished 16th in the men's K1 1000m, he has some good advice on crocodiles:
“Jamaican crocodiles are not aggressive. They are laid back, just like Jamaican people.”
11:14: Marriage causes utter chaos
Looking down the list of women's skeet we struggled to find the most successful female shooter of all time Kim Rhode who's won 6 medals in 6 Olympic Games including 3 gold.
That's because she's not Kim Rhode anymore, she's Kim Harryman, using her husband's name even though they got married in 2009?
Stop confusing us Kim!
Anyway, Kim Harryman leads women's skeet qualification on day 1, her 50 is one shot better than three competitors on 49 right below her, the top six qualify for the final.
Shooter Rhode wins medals in six successive Games
Shooter Rhode wins medals in six successive GamesUSA's Kimberly Rhode wins bronze at Rio 2016 to earn an Olympic medal for the sixth time in six Games across five different continents.
10:34am - History in the making
First up, a glance back at yesterday.
Day 5 was another winner at the Pan Ams, we saw a multi-medal day in Lima with Canada taking the golden ticket to Tokyo in artistic swimming – both of them actually - in duet and team.
So much more went down, like the U.S. shooting couple who said a shotgun wedding was out of the question, the Guatemalan Nikte Sotomayor who is guaranteed her country’s first ever Pan Am badminton medal:
“I was rubbish at every sport I tried, then I started playing badminton and now I’m here!”
- Nikte Sotomayor
Did you know that Bob Marley's daughter saved Jamaica's women's football team? That's in the blog too.
Speaking of Jamaica, Danusia Francis put on a gymnastics show, but it was USA's Kara Eaker who grabbed gold in the beam, while Candian Brooklyn Moors ruled the floor.
Brazil is the last word in gymnastics as Francisco Barretto and Arthur Mariano shone in the absence of an injured Arthur Zanetti, Mariano's triple-Tkatchev was one to remember in gymnastics final event in Lima.
Argentina’s opening statement in their maiden basketball outing with Luis Scola starring also caught the eye, and we did a funny meme of a dog on a weighing scales (You might have to scroll down a bit!).
Today we're expecting nothing less than this level of awesome.
10:26am - Diving into Day 6 like...
Who and what to look out for on Day 6 at the Pan American Games
Badminton is at the business end, and by the evening we will know our men's and women's singles and doubles finalists.
Stay with us for all the latest badminton happenings.
Baseball, football, handball and hockey prelims continue with a young, unknown USA and a battle-hardened Argentina getting off to good starts yesterday in basketball, yesterday.
We'll have 7 seven boxing champions crowned tomorrow, from women's 57kg all the way up to men's 91kg.
Track cycling and diving enter the ring too tomorrow, both with medals on offer, as does shooting and the men's softball final is on as Argentina await the winner of Mexico and the USA.
Gary 'Hangtime' Hines and the U.S. handball team are getting serious, they have a 10-year plan that aims to put them up there with the world's best, but can they qualify for Tokyo 2020? Their Pan Am journey begins today. Read more about that here.
It's all happening in Lima, keep it locked on our live blog.