Highlights, results, and all the fun and Games from the eighth day of medal events on Saturday 3rd August at the Pan American Games in Lima.
Day 8 of medal events at the Pan American Games 2019 brought highlights as big as a USA-Argentina basketball semi-final, a gold medal in rhythmic gymnastics for Mexico and Ashton Lambie's moustache.
Scroll down to find out how it all happened on Saturday 3rd August.
Luis Scola spoke to Olympic Channel after his team's victory over the U.S. in the basketball semi-finals.
"Today we played better than them and are in the final."
The 39-year-old contributed 18 points and 7 rebounds as Argentina comfortably beat the United States.
"It's an honour to be playing with Argentina and tomorrow we'll have to play even better to achieve our goal," continued Scola.
Argentina suffered a shock loss to Mexico yesterday, and were keen to bounce back tonight.
"We played well, they were less accurate than usual. Yesterday's loss gave us desire tonight, now we're focused on winning gold," said Nicola Laprovittola who also chipped in 18 points.
Argentina's guard Facundo Campazzo had an outstanding performance leading the assists on 5, and contributed much more in open play.
"We can't just lay back on the difference in the scoreline," said the Real Madrid player, "we played a good game but tomorrow will be a difficult match. We came here with one goal. The chance to represent Argentina is motivation for us, we promised to give it all for the country and here we are, each one of us giving our best for the team."
Argentina had too much for this experimental U.S. team, they'll grow and learn from this experience.
Nothing teaches you discipline like defeat.
But there's no doubting their talent, tonight Jermaine Samuels, David Duke and Myles Powell impressed and they'll have another chance to show what they can do in the bronze medal final against the Dominican Republic at 6pm.
Luis Scola won an Olympic gold medal when Myles Powell was 7 years old, and the evergreen Argentine will have a chance to win Pan American gold at 39 years of age against Puerto Rico tomorrow at 9pm.
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Meaghan Benfeito owns a gold medal after the women’s 10m platform.
Caeli McKay, also from Canada, took silver and Mexico's Alejandra Orzco bronze.
Here's what Bonfeito said afterwards:
“I got it done. It’s the first time I’ve won an individual event [at the Pan American Games] so it’s exciting.
“It was a strong event, the top three scores are very high. They would have been in the top six at the world championships a few weeks ago so it’s really nice to see we have good divers in the Pan Ams. It makes you work harder.”
“That’s the way I dive at home so there was no reason for me not to medal.”
At 30 years of age Bonfeito will bow out of Pan Am action forever, and she goes out on top.
It's particularly impressive after a recent injury to her left elbow which she struggled with at the FINA World Championships in Gwangju, Korea, where she came sixth.
“Yes [it is my last Pan Ams] that I can officially say. It feels amazing. It’s the first time I’ve won the individual, I have two bronze medals from two past Games in [Guadalajara] 2011 and [Toronto] 2015 so it’s nice to finally be on top."
Her rival 20-year-old Caeli McKay goes home with silver after an Canada 1-2.
“She makes me nervous. She pushes me, she does the same thing to me at nationals," said Bonfeito.
“I absolutely needed an amazing dive on my last dive because I had to beat her score, so I was like, ‘Caeli, you need to be on my side’.
“But she helps me, makes me jump higher, work harder and that’s what I appreciate about her.”
Joao Menezes from Brazil and Chile's Tomas Barrios will go head to head for men's tennis gold tomorrow after winning their semi-finals.
End of the third and it's the end of the game as a contest too.
Argentina will play Puerto Rico for gold, USA can take bronze against the Dominican Republic.
USA have taken 13 three point shots and made 0.
Luis Scola launches one long, Facundo passes under his legs but Laprovittola is denied on the board by Mustapha Heron.
Brilliant basketball all round and the crowd shows its appreciation.
The USA lack belief here, heads are down and they're missing a lot of threes.
This was always going to be tough.
Argentina 82-49 USA
Argentina pick up where they left off, big dunk from Patricio Garino.
There's less of atmosphere here as the gap widens.
Argentina 71-43 USA
First we had 'Cariñito´ - a Lima 2019 anthem, then classic Belgian dance tune 'Alors en danse' by Stromae at half time.. But not the original, the one they ruined by rapping over it.
Right before half-time Argentina cranked up the volume, Brussino batted one away defensively and then slammed an alley-oop at the other end, followed by a succession of unanswered
It's 61- 36 at the halfway mark.
Things have gone better for the USA in the velodrome.
Ashton Lambie and his marvellous moustache flew around the velodrome to lead his team across the finish line to win the men's track cycling team pursuit gold medal at Videna ahead of a gallant Colombia.
Chile took bronze.
Trinidad & Tobago duo Nicholas Paul and Njisane PHILLIP who went one-two in the final of the men’s sprint.
Not to be upstaged by Lambie and co, USA’s Jennifer Valente resisted all that was thrown at her across the four Saturday women’s omnium races to take gold in that event.
Sunday’s final day of velodrome action will feature gold medals in the women’s sprint, men’s keirin and men’s and women’s madisons.
Two consecutive scores and quick hands from Jermaine Samuels, U.S. starting to believe?
Big chance for three but USA can't put it down, and Argentina drain two free throws.
Bigger, stronger, more experienced, Argentina making all their advantages count.
The USA battling bravely, Myles Powell doing his best to get it moving, but this is gonna be tough to turn around.
Big steal by Laprovittola and Argentina convert, then a huge 3 from Brussino.
Some lovely play from Argentina's point guard Facundo Campazzo, firing in low underhand passes to Scola and Deck who the States can't stop under the ring - Deck has 14 points.
Argentina 33-19 USA
25-16 to the blue-and-whites, strong start from Argentina.
Luis Scola and Gabriel Deck lead the scoring.
Quick hands from Laprovittola and Deck is in for another 2.. Real Madrid 1-2 combo.
Argentina's anthem rollicks around the stadium, sung wholeheartedly by the travelling faithful.
First basket to the USA, the blue-and-whites respond and the noise!
There's Scola's first 2... Wow, how they love him!
This is youth v experience, remember this is a USA next generation team, chosen mostly from the NCAA Big East, but no seniors, only Freshmen, Sophomores and Juniors.
Kevin Willard and Edward Cooley coach these young guns and standouts so far have been Myles Powell, who scored 30 points against Venezuela and Alpha Diallo who got 20 against the Virgin Islands in their maiden outing.
Argentina have pretty much their strongest team here by contrast, with veteran Luis Scola and three Real Madrid basketball players in the line-up: Facundo Campazzo, Gabriel Deck, and Nicolas Laprovittola.
Way more noise for Argentina than the U.S. at the introductions.
At 2004 the USA Dream Team were expected to win but here in Lima it's a different story, Argentina have their heavy hitters here and this U.S. side is young and inexperienced.
Interesting to see how they deal with pressure from the stands, the Argentine support is famously loud and colourful.
Celia Cruz' classic 'La Vida Es Un Carnaval' blasts out, 'Life Is a Carnival' - this match is certainly going to be.
Whenever these two sides clash history is made.
In 2004 LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony, Tim Duncan, and Allen Iverson were part of a Dream Team that couldn't possibly be beat.
Or so said ... practically everybody.
Manu Ginobili, Luis Scola, Andres Nocioni, and Argentina's 'Golden Generation' stunned the world, and USA's NBA megastars then went on to win the gold medal.
They returned to Argentina as heroes and remain one of Argentina's greatest Olympic stories ever.
Just one man survives from that team 15 years ago: Luis Scola, and he's playing tonight at 39 years of age.
Here's a little pre-match viewing:
We just arrived at a pulsating Eduardo Dibo Coliseum in central Lima to see the final few seconds of the Puerto Rico - Dominican Republic men's semi-final and it's the puertoriqueños dancing in the stands!
Puerto Rico 65-63 Dominican Republic.
13 points for Isaac Sosa including 3/4 three pointers, 12 for star man Devon Collier, 7 rebounds from Emmanuel Andujar helped Puerto Rico in the final despite a tense final - just a single hoop the difference between the two sides.
Amelia Walsh is a former Canadian BMX champion, who lost her love for the sport when she went flying off her bike at a competition in England in 2015, breaking both her arms and suffering a concussion.
And her plan is to trade in her wheels for wings in the not-too-distant future.
One of her goals away from the track is to get her pilot’s license and then carry cargo and fly passengers to remote areas of Alaska in the northern United States.
“My father has been flying as a hobby for 30 years and I have been in a plane since I was one,’’ said Walsh on Saturday after she qualified for the quarterfinals of the women’s 200m flying start at the Lima 2019 Pan American Games along with team mate Kelsey Mitchell.
“I tried university and stuff and it wasn’t for me. It clicked to me last year that flying might be a good career path.”
After recovering from her BMX-induced injuries, she switched to track cycling in October 2016 and three months later raced in her first world cup event. She initially competed in team sprint, but added individual events to her repertoire after a team-mate suffered an injury.
Walsh said the transition from the rugged BMX bike to a slick track cycle was not too difficult.
"But I am still learning the individual events, all of the tactics and stuff like that."
It isn't going too badly either, she'll go home with a silver medal from the team sprint, but won't make the individual sprint final as she's lost out to Mexican Daniela Gonzalez.
Once the Lima 2019 Games end, Walsh will race in the Pan American continental championships in September in Cochabamba, Bolivia, with world cup stops to follow in destinations such as Hong Kong, Australia and New Zealand as she prepares for her ultimate bike-based goal: racing at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.
Chile just won team pursuit bronze in the Velodromo, here's what's up next:
Canada will be in tomorrow's baseball final after a 10-0 victory over Nicaragua.
Their opponent in the final will be emerge from the Colombia-Puerto Rico semi-final match.
That starts in just over 30 mins, at 7.05pm.
3774 *- Number of at-bats by Canada manager *Ernie Whitt (USA) over 1382 games in Major League Baseball [MLB]
*192 *- Total number of baseball players at Lima 2019
*27.43 *- Distance in meters between bases
*25.4 *- Height in centimeters of the pitcher's rubber above the level of home plate
*16 *- Number of Pan American Games baseball medals won by United States
*12 *- Number of Pan American Games gold medals won by Cuba
*6 *- Canadian players with MLB experience
*5 *- Manager mound visits without a pitching change allowed
*3 *- Venezuelan players on the Peru team
Karen Villanueva and the Mexican team were ecstatic after winning gold in the rhythmic gymnastics group all-around final at the Polideportivo Villa El Salvador on Saturday.
“I am very happy and also very proud of me and my team-mates for achieving this. It’s very meaningful because Mexico has never won gold in the group all-around. To write history with our team is just amazing. We have worked a long time for this and to make it happen is really cool.”
It was a massive achievement for Mexico, Brazil the previous five editions of this event at the Pan American Games, and were favourites to do it again in Lima.
"We were not expecting to win the gold, we were just thinking about a medal. But we fought very hard for it.
"We didn’t see Brazil messing up their second routine, but when we found out we had won the gold, there were so many feelings.
"I couldn’t believe it at first, it really is a dream come true. Now we will fight even harder for the apparatus finals.”
Paola Longoria is racquetball royalty.
Six-time Pan American gold medallist, six-time world champion, two time World Games podium topper.
Longoria is an American icon.
She's here to do more damage in Lima:
Paraguay overcame Jamaica 3-1 to qualify for the women's football semi-finals.
Jessica Martinez bagged a brace so lift her team to the top of the group.
Martinez scored first with a header on four minutes but Jamaica levelled up on 32' after a lovely right-footed finish from Chanel Hudson-Marks - who just happens to be Usain Bolt's cousin.
But another Martinez strike was backed up a late Dulce Quintana goal to guarantee Paraguay a shot at the final.
The final match of the group stages leaves Paraguay on 7 points and Colombia on 5, Mexico and Jamaica are out, Paraguay and Colombia advance to the semis.
Colombia and Mexico drew 2-2 earlier, giving Mexico a whiff of hope, which was waved away by Paraguay's albirrojo.
Jamaica may be out, but qualification for the Women's World Cup in France then for Lima 2019 means things are looking up.
USA’s Jennifer Valente has enough experience to know when to ride within and when to turn the screws inside a velodrome.
And so it was for the no-nonsense Rio 2016 Olympic Games women’s team pursuit silver medalist as she took to the Velodromo, in the Villa Deportivo Nacional for the first two of the four women’s omnium races to be run on Saturday.
A third-place finish in the scratch and first across the line in the tempo race less than an hour later have set her up beautifully for the evening finals.
“It was the first race of a long day, I’ll just take it one step at a time,” she said after the scratch.
“I definitely went into it just trying to keep it together.
“People here look to a couple of riders to do a lot of the work and I wasn’t really ready to put myself into the position early.
“But two riders got away on those last few laps which caused a sprint and that’s what I wanted."
Neatly sandwiched between the omnium events, the USA charge continued with the men’s team pursuit combination of John Croom, Gavin Hoover, Adrian Hegyvary, and Ashton Lambie staking a serious claim for the gold medal.
Finishing more than three seconds ahead of chasers Colombia and Chile, the USA riders seemed in complete control, stopping the clock at 4:03.796.
“We had the full schedule of who was going to do which laps and it was just about how fast we could ride every lap,” said world individual pursuit world record holder, the brazenly moustached Lambie.
“We aimed for a 4:06 pace with 15 second laps and we rode well beneath that.
“The conditions were a little heavy, the air is heavy and it’s cold, but we managed to keep a little in reserve, so it was fun,” he said.
The USA will race against Colombia for the gold medal while Chile and Mexico will ride for bronze.
Saturday evening’s racing features gold medal races in the men’s team pursuit, the men’s sprint and women’s omnium.
And celebrations in the Caribbean are guaranteed after Trinidad & Tobago’s Nicholas Paul and Njisane Phillip booked a gold medal ride-off against each other in the men’s sprint.
In whatever order, the gold and silver medals will be added to their trophy cabinets to sit alongside the men’s team sprint gold medal the pair collected on Friday.
When the sun came out yesterday, so did the Caribbeans, to have a bit of a warm-up:
Canada are bossing the 'Men's Super Round' (Semi-final) baseball, 5-0 up after the 6th.
They look a dead cert for the final.
Jonathan Malo has two runs while Rene Tosoni, Jordan Procyshen and Tristan Pompey all have one each.
Puerto Rico Colombia will come out swinging for the other final spot from 7:05pm.
Pure gold for Mexico as they bring home gold in the rhythmic gymnastics team event.
USA silver, Brazil bronze.
Caroline Dolehide from Team USA and Argentina's Nadia Podoroska can celebrate their safe passage to Tokyo 2020!
But maybe not too much, they'll have a women's tennis final to play tomorrow.
With two Olympic places going for tennis, both finalists know they're on their way to Japan next summer, now they can focus on winning gold here in Lima.
The USA has done the skeet double after Kim Rhode's victory yesterday.
Christian Elliot has set a new Pan American record scoring 50, Guatemala's Juan Schaeffer takes silver and Nicholas Pacheco delights Peru with his bronze medal.
“It wasn’t the prettiest of finals but we got the job done," said Elliot, "my last pair I got a yellow card for a line violation, meaning my gun was too high so it had to be just a couple of cms lower so I had to reshoot the pair.
“It didn’t matter, I broke them anyways. It’s a bit off-putting, but we train for things and you know you can do it. I knew how to handle it. I have a pretty good mental game most of the time and things like that I don’t let it bother me.”
Elliot won gold at just 21 years of age and looks to have a long and bright future ahead:
“I am quite young for a shooter. I have got a lot of time left in the sport and have great mentors who are much older than me.
“I have got a life left in shooting and starting young is always crucial if you want to be the best in the world.
“I want to be around for a couple more decades. I spend most of my life on the range and finally we have made the work show out there on the skeet field."
Gold for the USA in the individual all-around!
Evita Griskenas wins with 18.500 in ribbon, Brazil's Barbara Domingos secures silver on 17.300 and bronze goes to Camilla Feeley of the U.S., her score is 16.950.
Teams is up next!
After dominating the artistic swimming events at the Lima 2019 Pan American Games, Canada have placed themselves back on the global stage by qualifying a team for the Olympic Games for the first time since London 2012.
Mexico and USA pushed hard – winning silver and bronze respectively in the duet and team events - but they were unable to match the impressive Canadians.
Claudia Holzner, a Canadian double gold medalist at Lima 2019 after winning the duet and team said of qualifying for her debut Olympics in both events:
“It’s amazing, from where we started in January to where we are now, how we’ve improved so much and grown as a team. It’s such an exciting thing to be doing together.”
The team event also showcased some progressive work from USA, whose coach, the four-time Spanish Olympic medalist Andrea Fuentes, created a dramatic new lift, with Nicole Goot being thrown into the air and caught again in a standing position, before performing a second acrobatic sequence.
“This lift was to show bravery and to make our rivals afraid, and yes they are because everybody’s telling us this,” Fuentes said. “Everybody knows we need time but everybody knows we are going far.”
Canada were not completely absent at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, with Jacqueline Simoneau making her Olympic debut alongside Karine Thomasin the duet event, where they finished in seventh place.
She showed her class earlier in the day on Wednesday, securing Canada a Tokyo 2020 spot after her gold-medal winning performance with Holzner in the duet.
With the top two finishers in the duet event earning a spot at the Olympic Games next year, Mexico - represented here by silver medalists Nuria Diosdado Garcia and Joana Jimenez Garcia – also booked their place in Tokyo.
Surfing dominates the front pages in Lima today after Itzel Delgado won bronze in the SUP event yesterday and Tamil Martino, Luca Mesinas, Daniella Rosas and 'Piccolo' Clemente are assured at least bronze as they go into the finals today.
Surfing is close to the Peruvian heart, it's known as the 'Hawaii of Latin America' and lay claim to have actually invented the sport, this is from Luis Andres Henao's excellent article for AP:
"Some Peruvians go as far as claiming that surfing’s origins can be traced to their homeland, with the pre-Inca Chimu civilization, near northwestern Chicama.
"Fishermen from the beach town of Huanchaco, 300 miles (480 kilometers) north of Lima, still ride the waves back to shore with the day’s catch on the same reed boats used by the Chimu, called “caballitos,” or little horses."
We saw them at the Opening ceremony, so it's fitting that surf makes its debut here at the Lima Pan Ams.
There'll be more medal joy today for Peru.
Yesterday the USA's Connor Baxter paddled his way to gold in the SUP race.
Argentina took shooting gold earlier today in the mixed team 10m air rifle final, with the USA second and Mexico third.
And there was more shooting glory for the USA as Sandra Uptagrafft took gold in the women's 25m pistol event.
Silver and bronze went to Ecuador as Diana Durango and Andrea Perez also celebrate their tickets to Tokyo.
USA lost to Puerto Rico last night to set up another encounter with Argentina, but one player has caught the eye at Lima 2019.
36 years ago in Caracas Venezuela a young unknown player who hooped at the North Carolina University got a stage to showcase his talent at the Pan American Games 1983.
A year later he signed for the Chicago Bulls. His name is Michael Jordan, ever heard of him?
Now at the 2019 Pan American Games another potential NBA superstar is making magic happen on the court.
Team USA doesn't have any big NBA stars here, but this is a glimpse at the USA next gen ballers, a group chosen mainly from the NCAA Big East, but no seniors, only Freshmen, Sophomores and Juniors.
Kevin Willard and Edward Cooley coach these young guns and standouts so far have been Myles Powell, who scored 30 points against Venezuela and Alpha Diallo who got 20 against the Virgin Islands in their maiden outing.
They're in action tonight against a heavily fancied Argentina in the semi-finals.
A legacy match with an incredible history, only Luis Scola survives from a team that beat the USA in the semi-finals of the Athens 2004 Olympic Games, and ten won the gold medal:
Mexico draw level but that might not be enough with Paraguay facing Jamaica at 1pm.
Jamaica are yet to register a point and Paraguay will be favourites to go through to the semi-finals with Colombia.
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Some stunning photos floating around from yesterday's rhythmic gymnastics, and there'll be plenty more today.
Here's the schedule for Saturday:
Colombia are looking good in the women's football match going on right now, if they win they'll guarantee themselves a semi-final spot.
Mexico have to win to have any hope, and they're pushing hard here.
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Quick reminder of where we're at in terms of medal count. Here's who's won what before Saturday's action.
There are few athletes in world sport who have been as successful over as long a period as Kim Rhode.
The USA shooter will be going for a record at Tokyo 2020, where she could become the first to medal in 7 consecutive Olympic Games.
The three-time Olympic champ added a fifth Pan American Games gold in Lima, and spoke to us afterwards about what's next for her. Watch here:
We've still got a couple of hours before the live sport starts.
One of the non-medal events we'll be keeping an eye on will be the Colombia women's football match, which kicks off in just under 5 hours from now (more below).
You can find out more about their team in our article, which focuses on the inspirational Natalia Gaitan, who battled cancer as a child, and is now fighting for gender equality.
At just 5 years of age she was diagnosed with a cancer that has a 70-percent mortality rate. Now the captain of the Colombian team is 28 and still fighting - for the rights of female footballers in her country.
She's even got male counterpart James Rodriguez to support the cause. Colombia could really help their case with a strong run in the Pan Ams that gets the country behind them.
And that's exactly what they're doing, currently sitting atop their group on 4 points above Paraguay on goal difference.
Mexico vs. Colombia kicks off at 10am, Mexico need a win to qualify for the semi-finals.
Paraguay play Jamaica at 1pm and it's Argentina vs. Costa Rica at 5:30pm and Panama-Peru at 8:30pm
Here's how it stands in the two groups:
Baseball and Basketball finalists will be decided on Saturday too.
Canada-Nicaragua (3.05pm) and Puerto Rico-Colombia (7.05pm) playoff for two final places in baseball.
In basketball a big upset turned the competition on its head.
It looked like the Pan Ams were destined to watch an Argentina-USA final, but Puerto Rico had other ideas, beating the Big East team 87-84.
That means that Puerto Rico play the Dominican Republic at 6pm local time.
Then at 8pm there'll be the small matter of:
USA - Argentina 9pm.
No big deal.
Men's volleyball semi-finals take place in the evening between Brazil-Cuba (6:30pm) and Argentina-Chile (8:30pm)
In track cycling we'll have gold medals in the men's team pursuit, the team sprint and the women's omnium, diving features the women's 10m and the men's 3m synchro.
Medals will be worn in individual all around and group all around rhythmic gymnastics, in the men's skeet shooting and also in the three tennis doubles finals.
In equestrian action we'll see eventing cross country individuals and team and more hockey prelims.
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