Pan American Games | DAY 7 - As It Happened

Highlights, results, and all the fun and Games from the sixth day of medal events on Friday 2nd August at the Pan American Games in Lima.

Pan American Games 2019 highlights

Day 7 of medal events at the Pan American Games 2019 was unforgettable: Puerto Rico beat Team USA in men's basketball, Cuba won four boxing gold medals in a row, Mexico had good relations in diving, and we put up our first meme gallery!

Scroll down to find out how it all happened on Friday 2nd August.

Come back on Saturday for all the action live from Day 8. Here's a schedule and everything else you need.

Live Blog - Friday 2nd August - Day 7

Memes!

A collection of some of the finest and funniest moments from the Pan American Games so far...

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Enjoy:

11:19pm - Diving: Mexico's divers keep it in the family

Gold and bronze medals made it a night of relative success at Lima 2019.

Winning medals proved to be a family affair as Mexico showed their supreme class in the men’s synchronized 10m platform on Friday evening, with Ivan Garcia Navarro and Kevin Reyes taking gold.

Earlier in the evening, Paola Espinosa - who's married to Garcia Navarro - was the bronze medalist in women’s 1m springboard, taking her medal to the stands to cheer on her husband after claiming her own Pan American prize less than two hours earlier.

“I feel so happy because we are still getting medals. It’s a different feeling now because we have a daughter. I saw them yelling in the stands after I had won," said Garcia Navarro.

Together with Reyes, the synchro pair pulled a superb dive out of the bag to ensure their golden lead was a big one. Mexico’s final score was 431.10 to Canada’s 396.12 and Brazil’s 375.81.

The Mexican pair battled for the lead with Canada’s Vincent Riendeau and Nathan Zsombor-Murray in the early dives, before pulling away by the third round and then presenting the judges with a forward 4½ somersault tuck in the fifth.

Despite it being the most difficult dive in the program, with a 3.7 degree of difficulty, they scored a remarkable 93.24 to take the highest score of the evening.

Meanwhile USA’s Sarah Bacon was sizzling with confidence after upgrading her recent FINA World Championships silver medal to gold at the Pan American Games in the women’s 1m springboard.

She is also taking home a Lima 2019 silver from the women’s synchronized 3m springboard, together with Brooke Shultz, who followed her onto the podium in the 1m springboard for another silver of her own.

Espinosa’s compatriot Dolores Hernandez walked away in tears, however, having seen her early medal position snatched away in the final two dives.

Saturday’s competition sees the women’s 10m platform and men’s synchronized 3m springboard heats and medals finals.

23:07pm - Women's Keirin goes to Colombia

The Colombian gold rush continued when Martha Bayona won track cycling gold in women's keirin at the Velodromo, Villa Deportivo Nacional, today, Friday.

"I’m very happy to get the gold medal in these Pan American Games. I was very confident and I knew that I could give it my all

"Actually, I was really racing against myself.

"The last curve was the key to winning the race. It really hurt, but that last effort pushed me to the finish line."

"I’m very happy to win this for Colombia, tomorrow I’ll go in with the same confidence when I compete in the women's sprint."

10:51pm - Basketball: Puerto Rico beat Team USA!

Puerto Rico 8 seconds from victory!

87-84!

USA chance for three!

No!

Party time for Puerto Rico!

They win 87-84.

This is huge as Puerto Rico avoid Argentina in the semi-finals, setting up a mouthwatering USA-Argentina semi-final clash.

The semi-finals will be:

Puerto Rico - Dominican Republic

USA - Argentina

10:48pm - Team pursuit is the USA's!

The U.S. women’s track cycling team have struck gold in team pursuit ahead of Canada and Colombia.

10:15pm - Puerto Rico 77-77 USA

It's a real nailbiter in the Eduardo Dibos Coliseum, a young USA side is being tested by an an insistent Puerto Rico.

Devon Collier who plays with The Oregon State Beavers is on fire, 23 points already!

That two from Collier puts Puerto Rico ahead!

83-81

The Puerto Ricans are dancing in the stands.

9:29pm - Tokyo Bound

Lucas Kozeniesky took gold earlier in the 10m Air Pistol and guarantees that Olympic spot.

See you in Tokyo Lucas!

9:15pm - Listen to that!

It's been loud in here all night but that was special.

And it isn't a gold or silver medallist getting the acclaim.

It's Jose Maria Lucar - the Peruvian boxer who won bronze in the men's heavyweight context.

Gente de Zona's 'Gozadera' is on! Now that's a song that'll fill floors from Alaska to Alacalufes.

9:11pm - "Colombia te amo!"

Valencia takes gold and falls to her knees, great scrapping from Fuchs, she deserves that silver.

The Colombian wins gold, and on her way out of the stadium screams "Colombia te amooo!! - Colombia I love you!"

Colombia's Ingrit Valencia Victoria touches the sky. REUTERS/Ivan Alvarado.
Colombia's Ingrit Valencia Victoria touches the sky. REUTERS/Ivan Alvarado.Colombia's Ingrit Valencia Victoria touches the sky. REUTERS/Ivan Alvarado.

9:04pm - "No-one takes me dancing"

Olympic Channel just spoke to gold medallist Andy Cruz who dances alone.

"The USA boy said he was going to take me dancing, but no-one takes me dancing," he said.

"I think I'm at a good level in my boxing and tonight I was able to show it. Cuba is really powerful and lots of other countries study our method."

"I dream of the Olympic gold medal, but we have a lot of tournaments to come before that."

- 8:56pm -Virginia Fuchs v Ingrid Valencia

The Joan Jett classic song pulses around the stadium as USA and Colombia are ready to rock and roll.

31-year-old Fuchs won a flyweight Worlds bronze at Dehli 2018, but Valencia has pedigree, Rio bronze medallist, Toronto bronze medallist, and the first round is in the book.

Biggest cheer for a punch landed by the Colombian favourite, but she got tagged by Fuchs there, a solid right.

8:42pm - Cuba's to lose

I'd put the Cuban ahead here, but the replays on the screen at the end of the 2nd showed some nice work inside by Castillo.

Both throwing wildly in the third, and both lift their hands as the bell goes!

That's the Cuban's fight in my view.

And it is!

4 fights, 4 gold medals!

The crowd is booing and whistling but those were the right calls from where I was sitting.

Marvellous night for Cuban boxing.

8:37 - Inspiration or expectation?

Savon Cotilla has just watched 3 Cuban boxers win gold ahead of him, is that a plus or more pressure?

Doesn't seem to be affecting him, Savon has Castillo on the ropes and is giving him a right battering.

Lots of support for the Ecuadorian.. 'Vamos Ecuador!' Scream the faithful.

The Cuban has the better footwork and technique but Castillo is quick and unpredictable.

8:24pm - Here come the heavies

Andy Cruz Gomez is watching the Cuban flag rise as the anthem of the Caribbean nation is growing familiar with the crowd here, they must know every bar.

'Gonna fly now,' the song from the film Rocky sounded out earlier as these two got into the quad.

It was a tough fight, nothing between them until round 3 when the Cuban found his flow and landed the ones that counted.

This is the 91kg heavyweight bout.

Erislandy Savon Cotilla can make it a Cuban quadruple next, he's up against Julio Castillo of Ecuador.

8:19pm - Three-in-a-row for Cuba!

The Cuban has this by my reckoning, better class of punches that landed.

It's Cuba's!

Three straight gold medals.

The Cuban school of boxing at its best.

8:14pm - Cagey

This is more of a cagey fight, with only three rounds there's not a lot of time to feel your way into the fight.

Carvalho is swinging big body shots, but he gets caught by the Cuban with a nice right cross.

The replays show the Cuban had more cleaner punches.

Our favourite song is on between rounds, Bareto's 'Cariñito' is on repeat in Lima.

Final round.

8:03pm - Packed ticket

Big roar as Cuba's Osvel Caballero steps up on the top perch.

"I'm really happy, I got the control of the fight and never let him in advance. I think I had a good tournament and still training to get my best version", said Caballero after the fight.

USA's Duke Ragan clearly not happy with his silver, hands in pockets, he looks like he wants another few rounds right now.

Next Cuba's Arlen Lopez in red goes head-to-head with Hebert Carvalho in blue from Brazil.

7:56pm - Strategic

The second round is much more studied, the Cuban dancing around, the U.S. fighter not forcing it.

Ow, that's a straight right to Davis' head, fine punch.

It's all over, and it goes to...

Cuba!

2/2

Medal

'I'm gonna dance!' Cuba's Andy Cruz Gomez busts a move after winning the Light Welter (64kg) final. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)
'I'm gonna dance!' Cuba's Andy Cruz Gomez busts a move after winning the Light Welter (64kg) final. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)'I'm gonna dance!' Cuba's Andy Cruz Gomez busts a move after winning the Light Welter (64kg) final. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)

7:52 - Cuba v USA... Again!

Andy Cruz is swinging at Keshawn Davis, what an atmosphere!

Cruz has Davis in the corner at the end of the first round and is flurrying fists at his U.S. opponent.

There's a bit of animosity as the bell goes, they stare each other down and Cruz pumps his fists to the crowd in a 'make some noise!' way.

As if they needed it.

7:43pm - Boxing: gold for Cuba!

Osvel Caballero connects!

Gold in Cuba's first of four fights, it's a unanimous decision, 30-27.

Silver for the USA's Duke Ragan.

Now we have the medal ceremony for Puerto Rico's Oscar Collazo who took men's light fly gold.

He stands tall and proud as Puerto Rico's anthem rings around the Miguel Grau Colliseum,

7:34pm - Boxing: Another 4-in-a-row for Cuba?

It's pumping at the Callao boxing club, a full house with latino classics a-blare, Puerto Rico's Oscar Collazo was the first winner of the night, after a fight that lasted 16 minutes.

He beat Herney Yuberjen from Colombia, earning his country their third gold medal.

We could see four Cuban gold medals in a row next!

Cubano Osvel Caballero García takes on Duke Ragan next from Team USA in the 56kg bantam final.

USA! USA! - CUBA! CUBA!

The fans are trying to outsing each other, the boxers are going at it, serious speed, quick combinations, the Cuban maybe just getting the cleaner punches.

7:24pm - "To remember is to relive"

7:20pm - Surf

6:11pm - Jarry out!

One of the highest ranking tennis players in the tournament is out!

Brazilian Joao Menezes has eliminated one of the favourites, Chilean Nicolas Jarry.

It finished 7-5, 6-4.

Peru v Argentina just started in the doubles and Jarry won't have a huge amount of time to dwell on his loss, he's playing again after this match for Chile's men's doubles against Guatemala.

5:22pm - 4 Badminton golds for Canada!

With three gold medals out of four available already in the bank, Canada were guaranteed their fourth before they stepped on the court for the mixed doubles gold medal match.

Canada's Joshua Hurlburt-Yu and Josephine Wu faced off against Nyl Yakura and Kristen Tsai.

Training partners, friends, colleagues and compatriots, there was no need to study video of the opposition before this final.

Yakura and Tsai took the first 18-21, meaning Hurlburt-Yu and Wu had to change it up, and did, taking the second 21-12.

They carried the momentum into the final set, Hurlburt-Yu and Wu closing out the match for gold 21-15.

“I think after the first game we lost. We played freely, after that loss we just started over and reset.” Said Wu.

Earlier Brazil’s Ygor Coelho won his first Pan Am gold in men’s badminton singles against Canada’s Brian Yang, destroying chances of a Canadian clean sweep.

Coelho won 21-19, 21-10, but at 17, Brian Yang looks like he has a bright future in the sport.

5:11pm - Tennis: All-Argentina final?

Argentina's dreams of a podium sweep may be over, but the country still holds out hope of providing both finalists in the men's singles tennis at the Lima 2019 Pan American Games.

Standing in their way could be Chile's world No.38 Nicolas Jarry.

Facundo Bagnis and Guido Andreozzi easily reached the quarter-finals at Canchas de Tenis, Club Lawn Tennis on Thursday, but their fellow countryman Francisco Cerundolo lost 2-1 (6-2, 3-6, 4-6) to Joao Menezes (BRA) in the third round.

“Now the toughest moment has come. Tomorrow is the most crucial day in the tournament and we need to be in top shape. It’s important to have the two of us in the quarter-finals to bring medals home,” said defending champion Bagnis, who has yet to drop a set in this edition's competition.

The Toronto 2015 Pan American Games gold medalist is up next against the Dominican Republic's Jose Hernandez on Friday for a place in the semi-finals.

The Argentine pair's strongest rival remains world No.38 Nicolas Jarry from Chile who made short work of Colombia’s Alejandro GONZALEZ to win 6-2 7-6 (1) in the third round.

“Today I made a step forward and I am going to continue doing so day by day,” Jarry said. “I need to be focused to prevent any mistakes. My goal here is to go to Tokyo and to achieve this, I need my best form and focus."

Jarry will have to turn it around against Meneses if he's to remain a threat to Argentina's duo.

He's a set down and 2-1 down in the second against a Brazilian who looks in no mood to stick to the script,

4:57pm - Tennis: Semi finallists

Quarter finals are flying here in Lima, Paraguay's Veronica Cepede-Royg has ended Canada's Jada Anne Bui's tournament in straight sets on the women's side.

Fan-favourite Juan Pablo Varillas put up a remarkable fight against Chile's Tomas Barrios, it finished 2 sets to 1 to the Chilean.

Right now another Chilean Nicolas Jarry and Brazil's Joao Meneses are doing battle on centre court, the Brazilian leads 1 set to 0.

4:52pm - It's the weekend!

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4:43pm - Rhythmic gymnastics

Rhythmic gymnastics started today, here are the results after groups qualification rotation 1:

Rhythmic gymnastics results rotation 1
Rhythmic gymnastics results rotation 1Rhythmic gymnastics results rotation 1

Meet Peru's Aitana Orrego, competing at her first Pan Am Games.

3:52pm - Rhode to gold

Kim Rhode was back to Kim Rhode today and not Kim Harryman (Her husband's surname - she married in 2009) as she appeared on the start lists yesterday.

She took back her name and gold along with it.

After six medals at six Olympic Games Kim Rhode's shooting legacy is secured but she's still hungry for more, adding more gold to the reserves at the Pan American Games in Lima.

The women's skeet final belonged to Rhode who scored 55, 8 ahead of closest rival Francisca Crovetto from Chile, USA's Dania Vizzi bagged bronze.

Just look at Rhode's scorecard!

Kim Rhode's Women's Skeet Shooting final scorecard
Kim Rhode's Women's Skeet Shooting final scorecardKim Rhode's Women's Skeet Shooting final scorecard

We got a chance to speak to her after this latest triumph: "It’s been an incredible journey and i couldn't be happier, specially for bringing the gold for the USA."

"I hope to be in LA 2028, we'll see what happens" - Kim Rhode to Olympic Channel

Kim Rhode adds another gold to that creaky treasure chest. Pic: Olympic Channel
Kim Rhode adds another gold to that creaky treasure chest. Pic: Olympic ChannelKim Rhode adds another gold to that creaky treasure chest. Pic: Olympic Channel

So what motivates the most successful female shooter of all time?

"That moment when you are out there on the field when it comes down to that one target that's either get to bring home the gold or nothing at. It has a bit of an addition to it."

Despite all the medals and records, Rhode has no intention of giving up any time soon:

"I hope to be in LA 2028, we'll see what happens, the great thing about being a shooter is that we don't have a short life."

3:43pm - Track Cycling: Canada keep it rolling

Canada's Coles-Lyster is ready to keep good times rolling in track cycling's team pursuit.

Canadian rider Maggie Coles-Lyster is hoping pristine riding, a good attitude, and bold confidence will help guide her newly formed team to women's team pursuit track cycling gold on Friday night.

On Thursday evening, Canada finished second in qualifying before beating out Mexico for a spot in the gold-medal ride against the United States on Friday (scheduled for 18:33).

"The first ride we executed really well, and then it became about ride two, dialling in our speed and where we expended our energy, and we executed that perfectly in the second one," Coles-Lyster continued.

Lima 2019 is the first time Coles-Lyster, Erin Atwell, Laurie Jussaume, and Miriam Brouwer have ridden together for Canada in this order and event, though the first three have ridden together in various races for several years.

"We need to show up with calm confidence and go and crush that final ride"

- Maggie Coles-Lyster

Coles-Lyster said their personalities helped the foursome build cohesion quickly.

"We're all super open, kind, nice people who like to have fun," she said. "Everywhere we go we have fun. I think that's the key."

But the 20-year-old cyclist knows it will take more than a positive attitude to overcome individual women's pursuit world record holder Chloe Dygert and her US team on Friday.

"When our technical execution is there, everyone is able to settle and ride together and there's no panic," Coles-Lyster said. "We just come in with confidence.

“I think that's exactly what we need to show up with, calm confidence, and go and crush that final ride.”

3:26pm - Volleyball semifinalists

We will know who'll play the men's volleyball semi-finals today with the final day of volleyball pool play

Brazil and Argentina have already punched their tickets to the men's volleyball semifinals with one pool match to go at the Lima 2019 Pan American Games. 

The South American powerhouses entered as the two most likely finalists, and they did not disappoint.

Argentina has not dropped a set in its first two Pool A matches, and has already wrapped up top spot in the group.

Argentina powered past Puerto Rico 3-0 earlier, and they are in second place in their pool.

Both Puerto Rico and Cuba entered the final day of pool play with a played two, won one, lost one record and the same number of results-based points (3) that serve as the first pool placement tie-breaker according to FIVB rules. 

Hosts Peru needed a 3-0 victory over Cuba to miraculously jump into second place and earn a semifinal spot, but that's not going to happen with Cuba leading 2 sets to 0 right now.

This means results-based points and potentially set ratio will determine second place between Puerto Rico and Cuba. 

# It's complicated.

Pool B is much the same, with United States and Chile both tied with a 1-1 record and 3 results-based points.

Pool toppers Brazil face USA, who sit second after two pool matches.

As with Cuba, Mexico will need to defeat Chile 3-0 and then hope other results go its way to make a last-ditch run to second in the pool.

Pool A play starts at 12:30pm at Polideportivo Callao, Villa Deportivo Regional del Callao, with Pool B following from 18:30.

3:15pm - Basketball: Mexico stun Argentina!

Mexico have beaten Argentina 72-64!

That's a real shock with Argentina clear favourites to win the tournament overall.

Jose Estrada led Mexico with 18 points.

Real Madrid's Gabriel Deck netted 13 for Argentina.

2:54pm - Women's badminton singles final

This live blog has been drinking magic water and knows who's going to win the women's singles badminton final:

Canada!

Canadian Michelle Li faces Rachel Honderich - who also happens to be from Canada.

6-3 to Li, first set.

Magic water!
Magic water!Magic water!

2:42pm - Badminton gold for Brazil!

Ygor Coelho puts Brazil top of the men's singles podium and it won't be a Canadian clean sweep of Pan Am medals today.

It finished 21-19, 21-10.

Canada's Brian Yang has caught the attention after winning silver at just 17 years of age.

Very impressive.

Keep an eye on this kid.

Ygor Coelho of Brazil celebrates a point during Men's badminton singles final match between Brazil and Canada on Day 7 of Lima 2019 Pan American Games at Villa Deportiva Nacional on August 02, 2019 in Lima, Peru. (Photo by Buda Mendes/Getty Images)
Ygor Coelho of Brazil celebrates a point during Men's badminton singles final match between Brazil and Canada on Day 7 of Lima 2019 Pan American Games at Villa Deportiva Nacional on August 02, 2019 in Lima, Peru. (Photo by Buda Mendes/Getty Images)Ygor Coelho of Brazil celebrates a point during Men's badminton singles final match between Brazil and Canada on Day 7 of Lima 2019 Pan American Games at Villa Deportiva Nacional on August 02, 2019 in Lima, Peru. (Photo by Buda Mendes/Getty Images)

2:31pm - Men's Badminton final

Canada's 17-year old badminton rising star Brian Yang is in action in the men's final.

Brazil's Ygor Coelho is ahead after he took the first set 21-19 and leads 10-5 in game two.

Brazil to break Canada's badminton dominance at Lima 2019?

2:07pm - Argentina v Mexico HT

Mexico staying in this, the points gap was 10 at one point but the Mexicans have stopped the gap from becoming a canyon.

29-25 to the team in blue.

Half-time!

35-27 Argentina ahead.

Tayavek Gallizzi (8) and Lucio Redivo (9) lead points tally for the los albiceleste, Jorge Camacho has 9 for Mexico.

1:47pm - Pan American Games Basketball Standings

Here's how things stand right now, the USA and Argentina look set on a collision course.

The Dominican Republic just beat Uruguay 83-57 and they top their group but Argentina look much better than Mexico and should reclaim top spot.

At 6pm it's Venezuela-Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico v USA finishes the day's basketball action at 9pm.

Argentina opening up an early lead 23-13 in the 2nd.

Here's how it stands:

Basketball standings  - Pan American Games Lima 2019 Day 7
Basketball standings - Pan American Games Lima 2019 Day 7Basketball standings - Pan American Games Lima 2019 Day 7

1:33pm - Basketball: Argentina - Mexico

Heavily fancied Argentina that includes two Real Madrid player Olympic champ Luis Scola is underway, Mexico 6-4 up after a few minutes.

1:24am - Meet Colombia's diver Daniel Restrepo

Daniel Restrepo has his sights set on the next Olympics at Tokyo 2020.

He claimed Youth Olympic Games gold at Buenos Aires 2018 and at the FINA World Champs narrowly missed out on a Tokyo 2020 qualifying spot.

Now he's at the Pan American Games in Lima looking to claim more silverware and take another step towards his dream.

Meet the Colombian who started diving as therapy... and won youth gold

Meet the Colombian who started diving as therapy... and won youth gold

12:43 - Amor on the podium: Marry me?

He lifted 291kg, then got down one knee, she started crying - twice.

We had our first proposal of the Games from Peruvian weightlifter Luis Bardalez who won a bronze medal in the 67 kilo category.

He did it live on TV too, the lucky woman is Shoely Mego, and, naturally, she said yes, lifting the weight of herman's shoulders.

"I'm living a dream made real," Bardalez told Peruvian tattler Trome, "you can't imagine how happy I am right now."

Mego, who was in tears when Bardalez won bronze in front of a delighted Lima crowd, "we've been friends since 2013," she said, "the day he won the medal I was crying because I thought he'd lost!"

"Then when I realised he'd won I cried again, but this time out of joy."

"I call him my little lion"

I call him my 'leoncito' (Little lion) said Mego who comes from Chiclayana in Peru.

"Now they'll share not only a journey of celebration to Pucallpa, but also the most beautiful journey of all: the journey of life," finishes the article.

Que cursi.

Marry me?
Marry me?Marry me?
Will you marry me?
Will you marry me?Will you marry me?

12:41am - Boxing Schedule

Here's the schedule for today.

Boxing schedule Friday 2nd August - Lima 2019 Pan American Games
Boxing schedule Friday 2nd August - Lima 2019 Pan American GamesBoxing schedule Friday 2nd August - Lima 2019 Pan American Games

12:24pm - Boxing: Cuba win 4/5 gold medals

Cuba's Yosbany Veitia was furious.

First on the ticket in yesterday's boxing, he suffered defeat to Rodrigo Marte de la Rosa from the Dominican Republic.

The men’s flyweight 52kg final denied Cuba a clean sweep of the gold medals on the first night of boxing finals at the Lima 2019 Pan American games.

The judges awarded the bout to Marte de la Rosa, meaning Veitia had to settle for a third successive Pan American Games silver, having also finished runner-up at Guadalajara 2011 and Toronto 2015.

Maybe he inspired his teammates though, as Cuba went on to win gold in the next four fights.

Although personally satisfied with another medal, the 27-year-old Veitia was decidedly unhappy with the officials’ decision.

"I'm happy, but very upset, that title was mine,” he said.

“I did not see that defeat coming, I did not deserve it. I was superior, but the judges made their decision and there is nothing I can do."

"Every time a round ended, I went to the corner and my coach asked me if I was fine, and I felt great.

“At all times I felt [I was the] winner because I always had the initiative. When the result appeared I was cold, but I have to move on.

"I hope people feel happy with this result. I made it to the final for the third time in the Pan American Games, and I feel happy. I hope that the Cubans also feel happy, and receive me with arms wide open.

"Much to my regret I am leaving, but you have to keep going."

Veitia’s defeat was the only one suffered by Cuba on Thursday evening at Coliseo Miguel Grau as they claimed four of the five golds available in the men’s competition.

There are a further eight finals in the men’s and women’s boxing on Friday, with four more gold medal opportunities for Cuba.

  • National anthem: The best of Cuba in Rio

    National anthem: The best of Cuba in Rio

12:11am - Badminton: Injury forces Cordon out

Tough break for Guatemala's Kevin Cordon.

The two-time Pan Am badminton champion retired after he was hurt in the semifinal.

After having played three-straight Pan American Games finals, Kevin Cordon will watch the Lima 2019 men’s singles showpiece from the sidelines.

Cordon, the Toronto 2015 and Guadalajara 2011 champion and the Rio 2007 silver medalist, withdrew in the semi-finals on Thursday due to injury.

The Guatemalan won the first set of his last-four encounter with 17-year old Brian Yang 21-15, but lost the second 13-21. He was 13-3 down in the third when he decided to give up.

Kevin Cordon of Guatemala competes in Men's badminton singles quarter final against Luis Montoya of Mexico on Day 5 of Lima 2019 Pan American Games at Sports Center 3 of Villa Deportiva Nacional on July 31, 2019 in Lima, Peru. (Photo by Buda Mendes/Getty Images)
Kevin Cordon of Guatemala competes in Men's badminton singles quarter final against Luis Montoya of Mexico on Day 5 of Lima 2019 Pan American Games at Sports Center 3 of Villa Deportiva Nacional on July 31, 2019 in Lima, Peru. (Photo by Buda Mendes/Getty Images)Kevin Cordon of Guatemala competes in Men's badminton singles quarter final against Luis Montoya of Mexico on Day 5 of Lima 2019 Pan American Games at Sports Center 3 of Villa Deportiva Nacional on July 31, 2019 in Lima, Peru. (Photo by Buda Mendes/Getty Images)

After the match he complained about problems with his left shoulder. “I felt it in the first set already, actually. It was a sting, not a strong pain. It was very intense, so I could not concentrate,” said Cordon, who received medical assistence during the match.

“I tried to hold on and play a bit different, but when you have an injury it is difficult to do it. I fought until the end, just like you always do. But the pain was too strong. There was nothing else I could do than just to accept it.

“Before I decide anything about my future in the sport, I want to see what the doctors say about my injury. I don’t want to make any decisions for the future right now, because I am too emotional. I want to make a rational decision, not an emotional one.”

The two-time gold medalist will leave Lima 2019 with a bronze medal in the men’s singles competition, his fourth Pan American Games medal.

The gold-medal match in men’s singles will take place on Friday, 2 August, and will be between Canada's Yang and 2018 Pan American Championships winner from Brazil, Ygor Coelho.

“The new and young generation is doing very well here. It’s something to admire and respect. I already congratulate them for their results so far,” Cordon said.

12:02am - Badminton back soon

Badminton will be back at the Polideportivo 3 in a couple of hours for the individual finals.

Canada's 17-year-old sensation Brian Yang will face Ygor Coehlo of Brazil in the men's singles final, Coehlo is the only player not from Canada or the USA to make a final.

And it's the only final where anyone other than Canada can win a medal because the women's singles (3pm) and women's doubles (4pm) are both Canada vs. Canada!

Incredible showing from the leading badminton nation on the continent.

11:56am - Badminton clean sweep for Canada?

Canada has just done a double in the doubles.

Men's and women's gold go to the maple-leaf wearers.

Jason Ho-Shue and Nyl Yakura defeat the USA's Ryan and Phillip Chew, and Rachel Honderich and Kristen Tsai defeat Kuei-ya Chen and Jamie Hsu of the USA 21-10, 21-9.

Canada has a chance to win all five of the gold medals on offer on the final day of competition for badminton.

In the men's final Canada took Game 1 by a score of 21-11 before the United States leveled the match by winning Game 2 21-19.

The decider went to the Canadians by 21-18.

“The medal win means a lot for us. It’s a big part of qualifying for the Olympics, so for us were really happy for the win.” said Ho-Shue and Yakura.

Team USA is taking their loss in stride and satisfied with their silver medal. 

Ryan Chew said “This is my first Pan-American Games and to be able to win a medal with my brother feels even better. We grew up together, we have done everything together. Growing up he has always taken good care of me, so having him there to help me out is just a nice feeling.”

11:44am - Another!

Canada win men's and women's doubles going 2/2 out of five finals in Lima today.

Rachel Honderich and Kristen Tsai defeat Kuei-ya Chen and Jamie Hsu of the USA 21-10, 21-9.

“We were both quite nervous going into the game. We had a pretty good start and, as the game progressed, we felt more free and able to play how we wanted to play," said Honderich

"The medal means a lot to us. We trained four years for this, so to come through when it counts is really exciting. It is huge for us and also a big stepping stone towards our Olympic hopes.” 

Her thoughts were echoed by partner Tsai:

“The pressure was on us, so we were quite nervous at first. We got over our nerves quickly and we are happy with how it went.

"The win also counts a lot for our Olympic qualification run.” 

In tandem and on-message off the court too.

Rachel Honderich of Canada reacts in Women's badminton Doubles Gold Medal Match between United States and Canada on Day 7 of Lima 2019 Pan American Games at Villa Deportiva Nacional on August 02, 2019 in Lima, Peru. (Photo by Buda Mendes/Getty Images)
Rachel Honderich of Canada reacts in Women's badminton Doubles Gold Medal Match between United States and Canada on Day 7 of Lima 2019 Pan American Games at Villa Deportiva Nacional on August 02, 2019 in Lima, Peru. (Photo by Buda Mendes/Getty Images)Rachel Honderich of Canada reacts in Women's badminton Doubles Gold Medal Match between United States and Canada on Day 7 of Lima 2019 Pan American Games at Villa Deportiva Nacional on August 02, 2019 in Lima, Peru. (Photo by Buda Mendes/Getty Images)

11:33am - Another?

Canadian shuttlers unstoppable in Lima..

21-10, 19-9.

11:11am - Badminton gold for Canada!

This could be the first of many in badminton for Canada, they're in five finals today, and they've just won the first in the men's doubles.

Jason Ho-Shue and Nyl Yakura defeat U.S. shuttlers Ryan and Phillip Chew 21-11, 19-21, 21-18.

Rachel Honderich and Kristen Tsai are up against Kuei-ya Chen and Jamie Hsu of the USA in the women's doubles final right now.

The Canadians lead 19-8 in the first set.

Stay with us for badminton updates throughout the day.

11:08am - Yesterday

Some stunning images from yesterday's action, relive it all here.

10:30am - Day 7: I love you Peru!

'Yona me enamora' - Peru falls in love with Jamaican diver Knight-Wisdom.

And the feeling's mutual.

Jamaica's Yona Knight-Wisdom holds a flag reading 'I Love Peru' after winning the silver medal in the Men's 1m Springboard Diving Final. REUTERS/Henry Romero
Jamaica's Yona Knight-Wisdom holds a flag reading 'I Love Peru' after winning the silver medal in the Men's 1m Springboard Diving Final. REUTERS/Henry RomeroJamaica's Yona Knight-Wisdom holds a flag reading 'I Love Peru' after winning the silver medal in the Men's 1m Springboard Diving Final. REUTERS/Henry Romero

08:30am - Jamaican 'outlier' diving to silver

One of the big stories yesterday (Thurs 1st August), was in diving, where Jamaican Yona Knight-Wisdom claimed silver.

He provides the thumbnail image for this blog for the early part of the day, and you can find out more about what makes him so unique (and so good) in this Olympic Channel feature:

08:15am - New dawn for Brazilian handball players?

Good morning Lima!

A new day is beginning. It's the seventh day of medals being handed out at the 2019 Pan American Games in Peru's capital city, and another live blog is underway!

We're around 30 minutes away from the sporting action (live on Olympic Channel in many territories, see below), and while you're waiting for that you can take a read of an interview we did with the former Brazil handball coach explaining why the nation has become a true global powerhouse in the sport.

Their men's team made it 2 wins from 2 last night and remain favourites to retain their title. The women's team have already picked up the gold in Lima.

Check out the interview here.

Coming up on Day 7

Badminton finals start at 10am on Friday 2nd August (Lima time). Canada have a chance to win no less than 5 gold medals.

There are some USA shuttlers in those finals too, and spare a thought for Ygor Coehlo of Brazil, the only player not from Canada or the USA to make a final.

Baseball and basketball will be two days off the final at the end of business tomorrow, Argentina and USA look set on a collision course in the basketball.

More boxing to come as the heavy hitters enter the arena, we'll have a round-up of all yesterday's action too.

Medals and some Tokyo 2020 tickets are going to be won in rhythm gymnastics, track cycling, diving, shooting and surf.

Set it to lock on the live blog.

Live action and highlights on Olympic Channel

Remember that viewers in parts of the world can watch live action and highlights from Lima 2019 right here on Olympic Channel. Territorial restrictions apply, and you can find out more by clicking here.

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