Pan American Games | Day 9 - As it happened
Pan American Games 2019 highlights
Day 9 of medal events at the Pan American Games 2019 saw Luis Scola's Argentina win Pan Am gold for the first time in 24 years, another gold medal for Mexico's rising rhythmic gymnasts who later told us their secret, three surfing gold medals from the country that claims to have invented surf (Peru!) - and so much more.
Scroll down to find out how it all happened on Saturday 3rd August.
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Live Blog - Sunday 4th August
11:51pm - From therapy to Tokyo 2020
Colombian diver Daniel Restrepo has an amazing story to tell.
He only took up diving as therapy to help him with his struggles with attention deficit disorder in school.
Now the attention of the world will be his at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo after he won the men's platform 10m individual here in Peru.
"It’s a dream come true" - Daniel Restrepo
Junior world champion, Youth Olympic Games gold medallist, and now Lima 2019 Pan American Games title holder, the sky is the limit for Restrepo.
The 19-year-old narrowly missed out on a Tokyo 2020 qualifying spot at the FINA World Champs recently but made up for it here.
“I am very happy with this result and with this medal. It’s a dream come true. And I am going to compete in Tokyo [2020 Olympic Games]."
Restrepo overcame his nerves on the platform with the help of his psychologist.
Meet the Colombian who started diving as therapy... and won youth gold
Meet the Colombian who started diving as therapy... and won youth goldDaniel Restrepo has his sights set on the next Olympics. He's at the Pan American Games in Lima looking to take another step towards his dream. The 19-year-old narrowly missed out on a Tokyo 2020 qualifying spot at the FINA World Champs after claiming Youth Olympic Games gold at Buenos Aires 2018.
“My legs were shaking. I have a psychologist who is supporting me especially for this. While I was preparing for my last dive, there were things passing on my mind, but you know you have to do it no matter what.”
And the support of his family:
“My parents were in the stands cheering for me. They made me feel a little nervous too. But they follow me in all competitions. Besides the results they are always happy about me and this gives me lots of confidence before diving.”
11:48pm - Diving just gets better for Mexico
Juan Manuel Celaya claimed his third diving medal at the Lima 2019 Pan American Games on Sunday night – not bad for someone who feared he was too tired to compete.
The 20-year-old finished second in the men’s 3m springboard to go with his podium-topping performances in the 1m springboard and 3m synchronized springboard.
Those achievements come just three weeks after he took bronze at the world championships in Gwangju, Korea, in the 3m synchronized springboard with fellow countryman Yahel Castillo Huerta.
But shortly before travelling to Lima he was seriously considering withdrawing from the Games, fatigued as he was after almost a year of non-stop competition.
“It was hectic. It required a lot of mental strength and willingness. After the world championships I didn’t want to dive any more,” he said.
But the thought of representing his country at the Pan American Games drove him forward and he will leave Lima with a bumper medal haul.
“I knew I had the Pan American Games and I motivated myself to push further,” he said.
“I am proud to represent Mexico, I’ve always been patriotic. This jersey is my pride.”
Colombia's Daniel Restrepo prevented a CELAYA HERNANDEZ clean sweep by winning gold in the 3m springboard, while Philippe GAGNE (CAN) picked up bronze.
Unfortunately for USA’s Michael HIXON, his medal challenge was wrecked by a failed second dive on which he scored only 9.00 points.
In Sunday evening's other event, the women’s 10m synchronized platform, Canadians Meaghan Benfeito and Caeli McKay took gold, although it was not a straightforward run for them after Mexico’s Alejandra Orozco and Gabriela Agundez pipped them to the lead in the fourth dive, leading to a nervy finish for both nations, with the Mexicans eventually having to settle for silver.
USA’s Delaney Schnell and Amelia Magana failed to keep up after the second round of dives and were happy to come away with bronze.
Monday will host the final day of diving competition at Lima 2019, closing with the women’s 3m springboard and men’s 10m platform events.
11:19pm - Mexico's secret
We met the Mexican rhythmic gymnastic group and team all-around gold medallists here in Lima and they told us their secret!
Before every performance, a little bit like Aretha Franklin, they say a little prayer.
It goes something like this: 'Let nothing trouble you, let nothing frighten you, those who love God have nothing to want for.'
But it sounds better in Spanish:
'Nada me turba, nada me espanta, quien a dios quiere, nada le falta.'
The spiritual leader of the team in the changing rooms Karen Villanueva also let us in on her other secret: Candy Crush!
Come back tomorrow for more rhythmic gymnastics in our live blog.
11:03pm - Canada, Mexico dive onto 10m podium
Canada's Meaghan Benfeito and Caeli McKay are engaged in some golden celebrations after winning gold in the women’s 10m synchronized platform.
Mexico's Alejandra Orozco and Gabriela Agundez secured silver, and it was all the sweeter for Agundez who turned 19 today.
It was redemption for Benfeito and McKay who suffered disappointment at the Worlds when crucial mistakes in two dives left them off the podium:
“It’s what we wanted and we worked hard for it," said Benfeito, "especially after what happened at the world championships [in July], we missed two dives and it was hard to accept. But here we came back strong."
“It’s special, it’s really sweet," beamed McKay, "diving last was a lot of pressure but there is a dive we know we can depend on with confidence and we delivered.”
For the Mexicans it's another silver in a very strong diving performance from the entire team.
"I can’t complain about diving on the day of my birthday because I love it!" said birthday girl Agundez.
Orozco was singing her partner's praises: “This is the result of my work and of our training together. Gabriela is a great team-mate. We ended this competition at our best.”
10:56pm - Volleyball joy for Argentina
Plenty of reasons for Argentina fans to celebrate tonight.
They've won basketball gold, won their handball semi-final, and they also topped the podium in the volleyball competition.
Cuba played valiently but Argentina brought their volleyball A game, winning in straight sets.
It finished 25-20, 25-17, 25-20.
10:51pm - Men's handball finalists
The two big guns are through to the handball finals: Argentina vs. Chile
The semi-finals finished:
Chile 32-29 Brazil
Argentina 34-14 Mexico
10:45pm - Argentina basketball champs!
Argentina win Pan American gold for the first time in 24 years!
Argentina 84-66 Puerto Rico
10:42pm - Football: Heartbreak for Peru
Peru lose 2-0 to Jamaica and are out.
It's Jamaica's first win of the tournament and that'll be tough to take for this football-loving country.
Nolberto Solano's audition for the first team job hasn't gone to plan.
9:18pm - Peru denied
Massive chance for Peru but a stunning save from Jamaica's keeper White denies the red-and-whites.
9:07pm - Football: Peru 0-0 Jamaica
Still scoreless at the San Marcos stadium.
Bad news for Peru.
Solano urging his men on but Jamaica don't look to be in a huge amount of trouble.
8:49pm - Rhythmic gymnastics review
Canada’s Katherine Uchida made up for her disappointment in Saturday's individual all-around final by clinching two silver medals - with ball and hoop - on Sunday.
Uchida, who finished sixth in the all-around after a mistake in her final routine, was delighted with her trophy haul.
“I feel amazing," she said. "After yesterday I was kind of disappointed. I literally let a medal slip out of my hands.
"Going into today I still had some pressure from the day before. I really wanted to redeem myself and show what I have."
And Uchida managed to do just that, finishing the apparatus finals with two silvers.
“It was so, so difficult [to get back]. I had to keep telling myself that I am human, it's the way sport goes," the Canadian gymnast said. "It happens to the best of us. All we can do is go forwards.
“I have a great group of friends, family and supporters and they gave me all the love and support they could give me. That helped me. It gave me a boost coming into today.”
Uchida finished behind Lima 2019 all-around champion Evita Griskenas of Team USA in both events.
Griskenas’ medal tally now includes three gold medals - individual all-around, ball and hoop - but the US gymnast is hungry for more.
“I feel terrific. I hope to be able to repeat this again tomorrow [Monday]. I never really said that I expected myself to medal here. I think you should always say that you hope to medal and that's what I did," she said.
"I am beyond excited that I have won three gold medals so far.”
The 18-year-old's’ team-mate Camila Feeley claimed the bronze in hoop and in ball, while Mexico took gold in the group competition with five balls.
They also took gold in the group all-around competition on Saturday in what has so far been a hugely successful event for them.
“It was all about details today. I think we could do even better, but for today our routine was good enough to get the highest score,” said team member Karen Villanueva.
The rhythmic gymnastics competition wraps up on Monday [5 August] with the individual clubs and ribbon finals. Feeley (clubs) and Griskenas (ribbon) have qualified in first place for those two finals.
The groups will perform their hoops-clubs routine, with Mexico going into the final as the first-place qualifier.
The trampoline finals for men and women will also take place on Monday at Polideportivo Villa El Salvador. Sarah Milette (CAN) and Jeffrey Gluckstein (USA) have qualified in first place.
The scores for all finals will start from scratch.
9:11pm - Basketball bronze for the USA
USA's young guns have just beaten the Dominican Republic 92-83 in the bronze medal match.
The Puerto Rico - Argentina final is already underway with Argentina in the mood.
16-8 to the albicelestes who are intent on winning their first Pan Ams since Mar de Plata 1995.
But Puerto-Rico are no push-overs.
23-16 Argentina lead, 41 seconds left on the clock in Q1.
8:45pm - Peru under pressure
Peru's football team knows failing to make the semi-finals would be a failure in the eyes of most here - particularly the half-dozen or so sports daily newspapers with pages to fill.
But they've started well, pushing Jamaica back, the Caribbeans are happy to sit on the 18-yard line and soak up the pressure.
Oooohh... A shot on target from Jamaica comes out of nowhere and la pantera Caceda in goal has to make a sharp stop.
8:30pm - Football: Peru and Solano's last chance
Nobby Solano's Peru have just kicked off against Jamaica needing to win - and win big - if they have any hope of progressing to the semi-finals.
Massive Peruvian support again, they'll be singing right to the death.
Uruguay beat Honduras 3-0 today to underline their claim to the U-23 throne, 3 games 3 victories for the uruguayos.
That's good news for Peru, if they can win by two goals or more here then that should see them through.
Here are the teams:
Peru: C. Caceda. G. Chavez, E. Rabanal, J. Huerto, J. Guivin, J. Pretell, Y. Oliva, K. Quevedo, L. Acuy y M. Montes.
Jamaica: J. White; C. Woodbine, R. Thomas, A. Leslie, L. Jibbison, S. Mckoy, V. Evans, J. Brown, D. Beckford, A. Talbott y L. Walker
8:24pm - Extreme kayak slalom
This is the setting for the extreme slalom (K1) event here at Lima 2019.
8:22pm - Photos
Some photos from today.
Some really good photos from today.
Ok, some great photos from today.
7:57pm - U.S. rhythmic gymnastics double
Mexico might have dominated the group events, but it was all about Team USA - and Evita Griskenas - in the individual events.
Yesterday Griskenas won the women's all-around and today she made it an amazing three personal golds, winning the ball and hoop final.
Ball and hoop podium watchers thought there was a glitch in the matrix as it was deja vue all over again.
Both finished with the USA in gold and bronze medal positions split by a Canadian gymnast, but not only did the countries match, the names did too.
Here's how they finished:
- Evita Griskenas
- Katherine Uchida
- Camilla Feeley
- Evita Griskenas
- Katherine Uchida
- Camilla Feeley
7:50pm - Rhythmic gymnastics: Mexico glitters again
All that glitters is gold for Mexico in rhythmic gymnastics at the moment.
Karen Villanueva and Mexico have topped the podium in the rhythmic gymnastics group ball event.
Silver is USA property and Brazil have bronze in the bag.
"It was all about details today," said Villanueva, "I think we could have done even better."
“We are very excited, very happy. We put a lot of effort into our routine."
Mexico also won the group all-around final yesterday, underlining their status as one of rhythmic gymnastics rapidly emerging nations.
“It was all about details today," continued Villanueva, "I think we could have done even better, but for today our routine was good enough to get the highest score.
“When we finished our routine and we heard our score, there was a kind of relief. We knew we had done well, but we still needed to find out whether it was good enough. Luckily it was.”
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7:45pm - Gold for Brazil!
A couple of winners hammered down the line kiss the tape to give Menezes match point.
And he's done it!
An ace to finish off in style.
7-5, 3-6, 6-4.
7:41pm - Super shot
Here's a great shot of Brazil's Carolina Alves returning a shot from the women's bronze medal match earlier today.
Paraguay's Veronica Royg-Cepede won that encounter 2-0.
7:36pm - Break of serve
Menezes breaks the Chilean's serve in the second set and it sounds like Neymar has scored a winning goal in the World Cup final!
Ok, maybe a little less.
Menezes 4-3 Barrios in the final set with the Brazilian serving.
But this is far from over, both have been struggling to hold their serve.
7:21pm - Tennis final is lit!
What an atmosphere on centre court!
The Brazilian has brought an army of supporters and they're making so much noise! Feels more like a local football derby than a tennis match.
It's a clay court and these two are sliding about and serving up a cracker.
The Chilean rescues three set points to hold his serve, the final point is a banger at the net, two players as close as boxers trading volleys, top tennis.
It's the Chileans' turn to sing.
7:12pm - Men's tennis final
It's a fair fight in the men's singles tennis final, Brazil's Joao Menezes and Chile's Tomas Barrios, 1 set all but Chile's Barrios has just broken the Brazilian's serve.
The first set went to Menezes 7-5, the second 6-3 to Barrios who leads 2 games to 0 in the third.
Menezes breaks back!
Barrios up 2-1 now, the Brazilian serves.
7:08pm - Brazil longboard gold
There was joy for Brazil too as Chloe Calmon won longboard gold.
What a photo this is:
You can also find the schedule, who to watch, and which events double as Olympic qualifiers in our preview. And here's a roundup of the key moments on day 8 (Sat 3rd August).
5:50pm - "Incas have been surfing here for thousands of years"
Peru lays claim to have invented surf, fisherman have been waves back to the shore for thousands of years on the 'caballitos' boats according to local belief.
The country's men's surfing gold medallist Luca Mesinas tells us why the country is known as Latin America's Hawaii with such great surfers:
"Peru has great waves, all types of waves, in the north of Peru and here, and it's known that people have been surfing here on the 'caballitos' [A type of red boat used for fishing here] for thousands of years."
"People say that surfing started here on those caballitos with the Incas, others say surf started in Hawaii but in any case, Peru has always been a surf world power."
'Reed horses' are special cigar shaped, wave-breaking boats believed to have been used for more than 1,500 years, by fisherman in northern Peru.
They are believed to have been used by the ancient inhabitants of northern Peru to ply the choppy Pacific.
They closely resemble boats depicted on ceramics from Peru's Moche civilization 1,500 years ago, and nowadays the inhabitants of Huanchaco are among the few remaining people on the coast who still know how to build and pilot them.
5:33pm - Peru's golden waves
And a third gold of the day for the hosts!
History is being written at Punta Rocas.
Peru has done the double in the two biggest surfing events of the day and have another surfer on his way to Tokyo.
Local hero Luca Mesinas pipped Argentina's Leandro Osuna by three hundredths of a point.
It finished 14.00-13.77.
Speaking to Olympic Channel after winning the first ever Pan American men's open surf gold he said "it's incredible, a historic day for me, one of the best days of my life, super happy, it's hard to believe.
"The Argentinian caught a wave at the end there and I didn't know if he passed me or not, when the jetski came to collect me I was asking 'did I win? Did I win?' and then to hear all the Peruvian people shouting I knew I had won. I'm just so happy."
"With all the people here from Peru shouting for us, supporting us, it's been an incredible week."
While Mesinas has all-but booked a Tokyo berth, it isn't completely guaranteed yet, as the quota place goes to the country and not to the surfer, and Peru could potentially choose somebody else - even though that looks unlikely after today.
Final surf qualifiers for the Japan Olympics won't be decided for sure until May 2020.
"To go to Tokyo would be a dream for me, winning the gold medal and qualifying for the Olympics was the goal I set for myself, but there's still a long way to go, a year, so I'm gonna keep training and keep fighting for place. No-one's taking it away from me."
"Super happy for this experience and let's go Tokyo."
5:09pm - Surfing: "I can't believe what just happened"
Daniella Rosas is the first ever women's open surfing Pan American champion.
And she did it in front of her home fans.
"I'm super happy, I can't believe what just happened," she said to Olympic Channel, "I don't have the words to describe what I'm feeling right now," she said, after defeating Ecuador's Dominic Barona.
It finished 13.93-12.50.
"I'm flying, vibrating, Peru is vibrating, everyone is behind us, it's an honour to represent this great country, and I'm excited about what's coming."
But it wasn't just a gold medal on the line, Rosas has also qualified for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics where surfing will make another grand entrance.
"I can't believe it," she said, "I've dreamed of this for a long time, since I heard surf was going to be at the Olympics I knew I had to give this everything I had, and I'm just so happy."
4:42pm - The Roger Federer of Racquetball?
Paola Longoria has every reason to be considered by Forbes magazine as one of the 50 most powerful Mexican women.
Nine seasons ago she is the best in the world and no less than two gold medals away from winning all 100 titles in her career. As she herself says, in Lima 2019 she intends to become the Roger Federer of racquetball.
"Being the favorite to win a medal for my country is a motivation. It's a place I've earned through hard work, dedication and effort. Knowing that Mexico is a power in this sport and that hopes are placed in me is a motivation," she says after a victory in her opening match.
"The pressure is there and the nerves are too. The day I stop feeling them, the competition is over, you just have to know how to handle them. I've been at the top of the ranking for many years, I have a sports psychologist who helps me in this type of situation. I go out to enjoy the game," she comments.
Longoria came to the racquetball almost by chance and even had fear in her first games, but she gradually fell in love with a sport of which she is now the absolute queen.
"I played tennis since I was six years old, but I didn't like the sun on my face, so I chose a racket sport that to be played indoor. That's how I got to racquetball when I was eight years old, because of the summer campsites in the clubs of San Luis Potosí, where I'm from."
"At first I was scared because I hit the ball on all the walls and ran away, but I've always been very hyperactive and it's a sport in which following the ball could spend all that energy. I never imagined it would become my true passion," she says.
The current number one of the world ranking has 98 titles in her career and with only winning two gold medals of the three possible ones in Lima 2019 (singles, doubles and teams) she will have entered a select club in which she is nothing less than one of her idols.
"When I was 10 years old I qualified for my first World Youth Championship, I came third. My dream was only to be a children's youth world champion and now it is to keep winning Pan American titles, to continue in first place in the world ranking."
"I realized that I could be number one in the world when I won my first USA Grand Slam of the Professional Circuit at age 18. Today, I only need two titles mores to get my 100th one and it's a motivation to dream of something that has figures like Roger Federer," he says.
But the life of Paola Longoria occupies spaces beyond the racquetball courts. She is a mechanical engineer, has a master's degree in Political Management, belongs to the Mexican Army Forces and is even a lecturer. Not for nothing has she appeared twice on the cover of the prestigious magazine Forbes, which has invited her to give lectures to entrepreneurs and be a messenger for young people in her country.
"Appearing on the cover of Forbes for two consecutive years is motivating because I know that in my country I am considered to be an exemplary woman, who precisely intend to create conscience in young people to do sports. If I could, they can too. Sport is the best healthy lifestyle. I intend to transcend in this life and leave my mark," she says.
"I am committed to putting Mexico at the top, to be an example for young women and to able to say that we, Mexican girls are a generation that has taken the caste for the country, that it is no longer weak, that we seek the same opportunities as men and that we are no longer like in previous years, we already have a voice and a vote and we seek our rights. There is still a long way to go, but I think we have made great steps," she says.
At the age of 30 she's won it all and done it all, but has a permanent dream that has not been fulfilled as yet: "I want to see my sport at the Olympic Games".
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3:59pm - Track cycling: USA's 2000th gold medal?
The USA's Kimberley Geist and Christina Birch overcame crash and burns to take women's madison gold today and may have won the USA's gold medal no. 2000.
Or so some people say, they may have done it earlier - we're confirming!
In any case, Geist and Birch hardly cared about that stat while they were gracing the top of the podium for the second time at Lima 2019
They made the first of four gold medals available on the final day of Lima 2019 track cycling their own.
It was an incident-filled, racing suit-ripping final with Geist right amongst the crash action while Canada’s Maggie Coles-Lyster and Miriam Brouwer somehow steered clear of the mayhem to take silver.
With just over half of the 30km race completed Geist went tumbling over the bike of fallen Mexican rider and eventual bronze medalist, Jessica Bonilla Escapite.
Despite the heavy fall and a decent friction burn on her right thigh, Geist said she knew she had to re-set quickly.
"It was just making sure Christina [BIRCH, USA] is [still] in the race, that's she's comfortable and I have a moment to take a breather and regroup, reorganise and get my concentration back,” Geist said.
The still-upright and circulating Birch had similar thoughts.
"I was right behind it, so I had to get around it cleanly… assess what's going on, make sure Kim's getting up, make sure I'm comfortable so she can take a breather and then get back on with the plan,” Birch said.
"[Later] I knew my set-up for the final sprint was my last effort, and I knew I needed to be at the front, getting to Kim before anyone else got to their partner.
"I was doing everything I needed to do to stay in the front to give her the best possible chance to win.”
It was the second gold medal of Lima 2019 for the Americans after their all-the-way women's team pursuit victory on Friday.
Earlier in the race a cruel blow was dealt to Colombian riders Lina Rojas and Jannie Salcedo when they fell together while riding in third position.
They re-joined the race but finished fourth.
The carnage took its toll on the track itself with the race temporarily 'neutralised' at one stage while maintenance was carried out on a crash site.
As far as final day track racing goes, it was a race for the ages and sets the scene beautifully for an exciting Sunday evening session which features gold medals in the women’s sprint, men’s keirin and men’s madison.
Canada’s Kelsey Mitchell and Colombia’s Martha Bayona will square off for the highly prized women’s sprint gold medal.
Mitchell progressed with straight semifinal wins, while Bayona took three races to consign Mexico’s Luz Gonzalez to the bronze medal ride-off.
Bayona and Gonzalez provided some added drama post-race when the Colombian collapsed trackside and was stretchered away for medical attention, and her Mexican opponent received on-track treatment for a leg issue.
Both were later seen walking around the infield, suggesting they will take their places in their respective finals.
Racing on Sunday evening begins at 18:05.
3:22pm - Argentina win Tennis singles
Nadia Podoroska is Pan Am Games champion defeating the USA's Caroline Dolehide 2-6, 6-3, 7-6.
It was a dramatic final with momentum swinging between the two, the USA hitter coasting through the first set 6-2.
Podoroska found her rhythm in the second, but it looked like Dolehide was on her way to gold when she was 4-0 up in the third set tiebreak.
It took her 67 minutes but the Argentine completed a remarkable turnaround to to win the tiebreak.
3:43pm - Meet Peru's Kimberley Garcia
20k walk sliver-medallist Kimberley Garcia from Peru was pride of the morning action for the animated local crowd in Lima.
"It's an honour to represent Peru, the support and warmth of the people pushes you towards the line and towards the goal you set out for yourself."
Leading lady - Kimberley Garcia in action.
2:50pm - 2 surfing gold medals for Peru!
First Peru's Benoit 'El Piccolo' Clemente claimed gold in the longboard final, then Daniela Rosas went and won the women's open surfing competition.
The crowd has gone berserk at Punta Rocas.
Two silver medals earlier makes this a historic day for Peruvian surfing.
1:39pm - SUP surf deja vu
Gold for Colombia, silver for Peru in the men's SUP surf final, mirroring the women's final, here's how it ended:
Giorgio Gomez tops the podium scoring 16.83 points, Peru's Tamil Martino delights local onlookers by securing silver on 13.37 points, USA's Daniel Hughes will take home bronze with 10.84 points.
1:03pm - Surfing
Colombia's Isabella Gomez has won women's SUP surf gold with 10.73 points
Local favourite Vania Torres sends the partisan crowd into party mode with silver, she totalled 9.94 points.
Bronze belongs to Nicole Pacelli of Brazil.
12:57pm - USA gold in track cycling
A gold medal in the women's madison final goes to the USA!
Canada cycled to silver, and Mexico bronze.
12:37pm - Ecuador seeing double
"The dream has become reality and it will be like this for our entire life," said Roberto Quiroz after yesterday's doubles success brought Ecuador long-awaited first tennis gold medal
Roberto Quiroz and Gonzalo Escobar won a hard-fought men's doubles final to secure their country's first ever Pan American Games tennis gold medal.
The pair needed a tie-breaker to overcome the Toronto 2015 Games silver medalists Facundo Bagnis and Guido Andreozzi of Argentina 6-4, 3-6, 10-8.
“It’s what we have been working for, and step by step the dream has become reality and it will be like this for our entire life,” Quiroz said.
“We have accomplished something big which is greater than ourselves.”
The pair have gone close to the big prize before, but never quite managed to take home the gold.
In Guadalajara in 2011 Quiroz took men's doubles silver paired up with Julio Cesar Campozano, while four years ago in Toronto Escobar claimed the bronze with Quiroz's cousin Emilio Gomez.
“It’s revenge. Now Ecuador has got a gold” - Gonzalo Escobar
Doubles specialist Escobar has now won medals in two consecutive Games alongside different members of the same family.
Saturday’s tennis action at Canchas de Tenis, Club Lawn Tennis also saw USA pair Caroline Dolehide and Usue Arconada clinch gold in the women’s doubles, while Chile's Nicolas Jarry and Alexa Guarachi won their country's 4th gold medal, securing victory in the mixed doubles.
Hosts Peru took two bronze medals: in the men’s doubles through Juan Pablo Varillas and Sergio Galdos, and later in the day in the mixed doubles thanks to Sergio Galdos (again) and Anastasia Iamachkine.
Tennis competition at Lima 2019 comes to a close on Sunday, with Tomas Barrios and Joao Menezes from Brazil playing for the men’s singles title, while USA's Dolehide will be eyeing a double gold as she takes on Nadia Podoroska from Argentina in the women’s singles final.
Paraguay's Veronica Cepede-Royg has just beaten Brazil's Carolina Alves to bronze in the women's singles.
Here's what's up next:
- Women's final: about to start
- Men's final: 2pm
12:26pm - Hat-trick of baseball golds for Canada?
The defending champions face Puerto Rico in today's final at 6:05pm, the bronze medal match between Colombia and Nicaragua is already underway.
Nicaragua are winning 4 runs to 0 after 6 innings, this would be Nicaragua's 3rd medal if they win the match
Yesterday Canadian Pitcher Philippe Renaud allowed two hits over seven innings to help Canada to a whopping 10-0 victory over Nicaragua and a chance for the Canadians to play for a third straight gold medal in baseball.
The Canadians scored one run in the first inning, three in the second and then put the game out of reach with four runs in the bottom of the seventh, when officials called an end to the match
"I did well, I prepared well and my concentration was on,’’ said Renaud, “I knew what I had to do to get the victory. The team was great, the hitters scored early.”
Manager Ernie Whitt has nine players back from the team that won gold at the Toronto 2015 Pan American Games and six of that group played at the 2011 Guadalajara Games.
That victory eight years ago ended Cuba’s run of 10 straight gold medals.
"It feels good, we did it in 2015 and I know that the boys are really excited to reach the final again,’’ said Renaud.
12:11pm - Mexico making a splash at Lima 2019
Juan Manuel Celaya made it a golden double with synchro win at the Pan Am Games last night, a remarkable rise for the 20-year-old.
He only made his international debut in May this year, but has already come a long way with three senior medals in his collection after an extraordinary three weeks.
On Saturday night he clinched gold in the men’s synchronized 3m springboard, in partnership with Yahel Castillo, to add to the individual gold he won in the 1m springboard earlier in the Games.
That double medal haul follows hot on the heels of the FINA World Championship bronze which he and Castillo collected in Gwangju, Korea, last month.
And his immediate impact on the sport would suggest his decision to relocate to the United States three years ago has really paid off.
The 20-year-old moved to Baton Rouge in Louisiana in 2016 for a scholarship and is now reaping the rewards.
“Living and practicing in the US is helping me with my dives,” he said. "They’re teaching me to stay on the top of my game in every single score, not only in the dives.”
“They simply have a better mentality. I have more confidence in myself when I am on the board because I compete a lot there even before the international events start.”
The form of Mexico's top combo meant his adopted country, USA, had to settle for bronze in Lima, with Canada splitting the two for silver.
For Canada, second place probably felt like a victory, however, as Francois Imbeau-Dulac and Philippe Gagne bounced back from disappointment at the worlds after Gagne suffered an accident.
“It’s our first competition since our accident at the world championships in Gwangju where I landed back on the board,” said Gagne. “It was a bit nerve-racking but I think we went through it like champions.”
Earlier in the evening there were more medals for the Canadians as Meaghan Benfeito and Caeli McKAY took a one-two in the women’s 10m platform, with Mexico this time having to settle for bronze through Alejandro Orozco.
Today will see the finals for the men’s 3m springboard, where Celaya Hernandez goes for a third medal at Lima 2019, and women’s synchronized 10m platform.
11:54am - Shark watch: "I can't even watch jaws!"
What's your biggest fear?
Taylor Abbot's is sharks: "I can’t even watch Jaws, that’s a no-go film for me."
Interesting that he chose to be an open water swimmer then. He's racing the men's 10k at 2:30pm Lima time.
Brazil's Ana de Jesus Soares stroked her way to gold in the women's race earlier, scroll down for times.
Luckily for Abbot the open water contest here in Lima takes place in Laguna Bujama - a lake with no sharks in it.
“No, there are no sharks in the lake so I’m happy about that," Abbott said. "I am not too keen on sharks. I can’t even watch Jaws, that’s a no-go film for me.”
“In Tokyo last summer at the Pan Pacific Championships there were sharks, and I’ve swum in the Caribbean as well where you have the potential for them.
“But I’m not keen on doing that really and I try not to think about them in those kind of races. If I can’t see anything in the water it’s probably better for me, right?”
He started open water swimming when his local pool in Austin, Texas, was booked out and his coach suggested using a nearby lake for more practice.
At the start, his coach tied tennis balls to the back of his kayak to ensure the young swimmer was safe.
“Normally you don’t want to do open water by yourself without a safety craft,” added the 21-year-old University of Tennessee student.
“But having him out there in the boat made it a training opportunity. He tied tennis balls together at the end of the kayak so I could get used to open water.
“Instead of first trying to sight up where to go I could reach out and touch the tennis balls to know I was going in the right direction. It was a great way to get into open water swimming. I’ve been doing it ever since and now it’s my main focus really.”
He, along with all the swimmers will be focused on gold.
While sharks are not an issue, the cold might be for some, It's still a bit chilly in Lima, 17 degrees Celsius, 64 Fahrenheit, with a much colder water temperature.
11:47am - Brazil rules the open water
Brazil's Ana de Jesus Soares is victorious in the women's 10km open water competition.
2hrs 51.9secs is the winning time.
Argentina's Cecilia Elizabe Biagioli secures silver with 2:01:23.2, and another Brazilian, Viviane Eichelberger, completes the podium.
10:40am - Golden morning
Colombia is celebrating the first gold medal of the day: Sandra Arenas was too quick over the 20km walk race, finishing comfortably ahead in 1:28.03, a new Pan American Games record.
The silver medallist pumped up the volume in the Parque Kennedy, Peru's Gabriela Garcia winning the silver in 1:29.00.
Peru very close to their aim of 20 medals at the Games now, 17 in the swag bag already with more guaranteed in surfing today.
Brazil’s Erica Rocha de Sena takes bronze 1:30.34.
08:30 am - What does it take to qualify for an Olympics?
That's the question the USA artistic swim team have been asking, and we've been following their progress as they tried to find the answer.
The last time the U.S. had a team at an Olympic Games was Beijing 2008, when the sport was officially known as Synchronised Swimming, but they've been working hard to make it to Tokyo 2020, and these Pan American Games in Lima had 1 automatic qualification spot up for grabs.
To do that, Team USA needed to overcome experienced rivals Canada and Mexico, and you can watch our exclusive feature to find out how they got on.
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07:00 am - Mexican gymnasts have eyes on Tokyo after Lima win
The group of young Mexican rhythmic gymnasts who took gold in Lima on Saturday are seeking more glory for their country.
Their next big quest is to try and make history by qualifying for the Olympics.
We caught up with them to chat about that aim.
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02:00 am - Some early morning viewing
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If you're in the mood for some more Argentina - USA basketball action following their semi-final clash on Saturday night, check out our award-winning documentary The Golden Generation.
What to look out for on Day 9
Athletics are here in Lima and the first medal of the day will be awarded in the women's 20km walk taking place in the Parque Kennedy, it's a bright fresh start at 8am with the men's event at 10:30.
Set that alarm!
Canoe Slalom has an early start too, with the C1 from 09:30 Lima time. That finishes before lunch, while the Kayak K1 extreme slalom rounds off Canoe events at these Games.
The baseball final is between Canada and Puerto Rico at 6:05pm.
Puerto Rico-Argentina for men's basketball gold is at 9pm.
Surfing: Finals from 9am-2:30pm (4pm-9:30pm) in Punta Rocas. One man and one woman will secure their spot at Tokyo.
Volleyball: Men's volleyball finals. It's Cuba v Argentina for Gold and silver, while Olympic champions Brazil battle Chine for Pan Am bronze.
Equestrian eventing: More Olympic qualifiers will be confirmed.
Baseball finals too. Colombia v Nicaragua for bronze, before Puerto Rico and Canada battle for gold from 18:05 lime time.
In non-Olympic sports Basque pelota goes on.
Loads more exciting stories to come!
Live action and highlights on Olympic Channel
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