26 Jul - 12 Aug 2019
2019 Pan American Games - Lima
Highlights, results, and all the fun and Games from Day 4 at the Pan American Games in Lima.
Day 4 in Lima brought memorable moments like Brazil winning their 6th consecutive women's Pan Am handball gold medal, Ellie Black doing what Ellie black does, more weightlifting gold medals, Chilean beach volleyball golden cousins, a Canadian family dynasty, and our favourite meme of the Games so far.
Come back tomorrow for all the action live on Day 5, Wednesday 31st July. Here's a schedule and everything else you need.
26 Jul - 12 Aug 2019
2019 Pan American Games - Lima
Nice video for surfing and 3x3 here, sadly the Spanish isn't subtitled, but there are interviews with USA ballers later in the clip so stick with it!
Brazil are Pan American champions for the 6th time in a row after beating Argentina 30-21 in the final of the women's handball event.
The was a raucous atmosphere before the match with Brazilian and Argentinian fans doing battle for the best supporters in the stands too.
But Brazil knocked the wind out of the Argentine 'hincha' with some of the best handball played anywhere this year.
Brazil's goalkeeper Renata Arruda was outstanding, pulling off some impossible saves and setting up chance after chance with her quickfire delivery.
Brazil's chief onion-bag botherers were star player Eduarda Amorim and Deonise Fachinello who contributed five each to the cause.
Brazil's historic handball domination continues and they have now qualified for Tokyo 2020 too.
The men's competition begins tomorrow.
U.S. high roller Nicholas Pate defeated Brazilian powerhouse Marcelo Suartz by a single pin to win the men’s single gold medal on the last day of bowling competition at Lima 2019.
The USA’s Jakob Butturff with that incredible technique of his and Jean Perez of Puerto Rico took home bronze.
Pate, who slipped past Suartz by 190-189 in the final, had earlier beaten his countryman Butturff in the semifinals while Suartz was taking care of Perez.
Both Pate and Suartz were strong contenders during the semifinals, pleasing the full house with their consistent strikes.
Pate, 24, spoke highly of his 31-year-old Brazilian rival, who was considered the favorite to win the gold.
“Marcelo is a top competitor. I knew of him from college bowling. He’s a little older than me, but he’s a great bowler. I thought he was going to do it, I thought he was going to get a nine and beat me. (But) I guess today was my day.”
Pate said that he can see a place for bowling on the Olympic program.
“I think it will make its way to the Olympics. Maybe not in my lifetime, but definitely down the road. I’m still young, but one day it will be.”
On the women’s side, it was Colombia and Mexico combining to take home all the medals. Clara Guerrero of Colombia defeated Miram Aseret Zetter of Mexico in the gold medal match while both Mexico’s Iliana Lomeli and Colombia’s Maria Rodriguez won bronze.
Bowling has been on the Pan Am program since 1991. It is not an Olympic sport, but is recognized by the IOC. It is also part of the Asian Games.
26-19 up, the canarinhas have surely sown this up.
Holy.... What a double save from Arruda - Brazil's keeper is in the running for MVP here.
Renata Arruda's deliver from goal and superb finishing from Cardoso, Rodrigues and superstar Eduarda Amorim who has 5 goals already sees Brazil 19-15 ahead, 9 mins into the second half.
Women's volleyball gold looks Brazil bound, but Argentina are showing real fire.
Back over to the Brazil and Argentina handball final which has just reached half-time.
Nothing between them at the equator of the encounter, 12-12.
Some truly top-class handball, seconds before the break Argentina tried a show-stopping 360 degree spin and shot, saved by Brazil's goalkeeper Renata Arruda.
Arruda's quick thinking set up a teammate who spun it past the solo Argentine netminder and into the onion bag.
Whitney McClintock has a lot to live up to.
She comes from a long line of water ski legends in Canada - her uncles Jody McClintock-Messer and Joel McClintock are world champs and her brother Jason has won three Pan American medals.
Whitney is definitely living up to the family name here in Lima, she'll take home three silver medals from the women's overall final jump today, yesterday's slalom and women's jump.
In all three events she was beaten to gold by the USA's Jaquess Regina.
7-5 becomes 7-6 as Brazil refuse to let their bitter rivals get any daylight between them.
Argentina's Elke Karsten is leading the way for the blue-and-whites with three goals from four shots.
Brazil cannon one off the crossbar!
Ecuador's Roberto Quiroz won his qualifier today against Victor Estrella from the Dominican Republic.
He's dreaming of Tokyo:
1-0 to Brazil and who else?
Their star player Eduarda Amorim, 2014 best player in the world.
But Argentina hit back twice!
2-1 to the albicelestes.
Yellow card for Brazil's Mariana Costa, 2 mins in the sin bin, Argentina captalise immediately, they're 4-3 up.
This is fast.
Both Argentina and Brazil belt out their national anthems, such pride, such rivalry.
Let's call it a draw.
(Ever the diplomats us Olympic Channelers)
The roar when Brazil and Argentina were announced before the women's handball final.
It's going to be as passionate a battle in the stands as on the court.
Get comfortable, it starts in 12 minutes.
Surfers will be stoked at these bigger waves today, and even bigger ones are set to come.
Brazil's Fernando Saraiva Reis powered his way to an incredible three-in-a-row win at the Mariscal Cáceres Coliseum.
Reis took super heavyweight gold at Guadalajara 2011, Toronto 2015 and now at Lima 2019.
His travelling caravan of Brazilian supporters were in party mood and their hero gave them plenty of reasons to samba.
The winner of the battle of the big units was never really in doubt, Reis' 190 + 230 lifts gave him an untouchable 420kg total.
Silver medallist Luis Lauret from Cuba was 21 kilos off on 399.
Bronze is Mexico's - Raul Manriquez hoisted 393.
We saw Chile's Maria Valdes top the podium in he women's 87kg group earlier, and two more gold medals followed after.
Team USA's Sara Robles took the top step in the women's +87kg category just one kilo ahead of the Dominican Republic's Veronica Saladin.
Robles totalled 284kg.
That despite Saladin's Pan American record lift with a 130kg snatch.
Cuba have beaten the U.S. in the bronze medal match by a single goal, 24-23.
A spirited fightback from the USA handball team just fell short, but plenty of positive take-aways as they build for the future towards LA 2028.
Delirium for Cuba who on the ground hugging and dancing, they even dance well horizontally.
The big one is next!
Argentina v Brazil in the final.
Cuba lead USA 20-18 in the bronze medal handball match.
A penalty for Cuba is rifled in! 21-18.
Reyes gets another great goal, 22-18 now with 23:51 on the clock in the 2nd period.
Definitely the best meme of the Games until now.
Wait for it to play in your head, 3,2,1...
It was frustration for Brazil's Arthur Zanetti but elation for Mexico's Fabian de Luna after winning gold in the men’s artistic gymnastics rings final at the Polideportivo Villa El Salvador.
“It’s a big step for me," said Luna on his first Pan Am gold medal, "hopefully it’ll get my name up there amongst the rings specialists.
Riding the wave of adrenaline after beating Brazil's London 2012 champ and Rio 2016 silver medallist he set his sights high:
"My ultimate goal is of course to reach the Olympics and to win a gold medal there, too.”
To top the podium at the Pan American Games was beyond his wildest expectations:
“I did expect to win a gold medal here. I worked a lot at home and dedicated myself completely to this. I knew that Arthur Zanetti is a good rings guy. But I have trusted myself from the beginning. I knew I had a shot at gold. I am most confident on rings, the other apparatus just scare me a bit."
We just spoke to Canada's Pan Am double gold medallist Ellie Black about her future here in Lima, is she going to make Tokyo 2020 her swansong?
London 2012 Olympic champion Arthur Zanetti is frustrated with himself after he failed to win Pan Am gold on rings.
He had this to say about his final performance:
“The first part of my routine was quite good, I had no problems. But closer to the end of the routine I started to feel more pain in my (right) shoulder. I have been battling with a shoulder inflammation before travelling to Lima. The problem started during a training session back at home.
The pain caused some hesitation in his execution swinging up to a handstand, and he immediately found himself in second place behind Mexico's Fabian de Luna.
"Because of the inflammation, I feel that I lack some strength. It makes it more difficult to get through my routine.”
Did competing in the floor exercise [earlier on Tuesday] have an impact on his rings result?
“I don’t think so, because I have been doing both apparatus in training every day. In training I do even more routines than I would do in a competition. So no, I don’t think competing on floor had any effect on my rings result.”
Zanetti still won team gold team gold but the perfectionist in him won't allow him to settle for second:
“Of course I am very happy with the team result, because we won gold. But I am not satisfied with my personal results here.
With Olympic qualification at the upcoming Worlds at stake, Zanetti feels there's much to be done:
"Right now, I need to focus on the world championships. There is a lot of work to do. There is an Olympic ticket at stake. That’s what I need to think about now. I need to do better.”
Olympic legends walk among us.
9-time Olympic Champion, 8-time World Champion and Pan Am Games Champion at Indianapolis 1987, Carl Lewis is coming to Peru to watch people run fast and hand out some hardware as a guest of honour.
He was incredible to watch Carl Lewis, and marked an entire era in athletics.
Never seen him run?
Two 39-year-olds dazzled on the final day of competition today.
It's been a long wait for Argentina's Sabrina Ameghino.
Five Pan American Games in total before her first gold medal.
Her women’s K1 200m win gave Argentina three canoe gold and seven medals overall, more than any other nation.
“I have eight medals at the Pan Am Games and this is the ninth - my first gold,” Ameghino said. “There was always someone better than me and now it was my turn.”
While Argentina topped the table in terms of gold, Canada was first overall in the overall medal count with its men and women picking up five each. The medals leader from Toronto 2015, Cuba, finished third with five medals while Mexico made a big leap from two in 2015 to seven.
Ecuador made it onto the last line of the table on the final day of competition thanks to fellow 39-year-old paddler Cesar De Cesare's silver surge in the men’s K1 200m.
Argentine-born, De Cesare semi-retired from the sport for 10 years until he was asked to help coach the Ecuadorian team and eventually started racing again himself. He won the K1 200m at the Pan American Games in 2011, was third in 2015, and took silver at Lima 2019.
“I never thought when I was competing at Guadalajara in my early 30s that it would be possible to win a medal at my current age, but it is possible. Age is just a number,” said De Cesare said.
“To be a medalist at the Pan American Games at the age of 39 is an achievement and great pride for me.”
Where others see challenges to racing at an older age, he sees the advantages.
“I am 39 years and I approach competition with a lot more calmness. I have a lot more fun,” the adopted Equadorian said. “Today I got second place and I lost by a small margin but I am not killing myself for that. I celebrate it because I almost won. It's all about how you see things.”
He's tried and failed to quit the sport, but never quite managed to give it up.
“Many times I said, ‘Come on, stop’. When my back was bad, I said, ‘This is the moment’, but over and over and over again I start again,” he said. “I’m 39 years old now and maybe I need to quit this and start a new job, change everything in my life, but I’m postponing it.”
Canada's artistic swim team is poised to win a double-double in duet and team synchronised swimming tomorrow.
Some great pics of the celebrations after they nailed their routine in the Aquatic Center yesterday.
Thanks Team Canada, keep'em coming!
Team USA’s Riley McCusker added a second gold medal to her Pan Ams haul with a marvelous routine on the uneven bars.
The error from yesterday’s all-around final on a release element a distant memory, she scored 14.533 ahead of teammate Leanne Wong (14.300). Canada’s Ellie Black won her fourth medal of the competition with a 14.000.
On the still rings, Fabian de Luna of Mexico was first to go and posted a score that no one could top: a 14.500. Brazil’s Arthur Zanetti took the silver with a 14.400 after losing control on a swing to handstand.
The bronze medal went to Argentina’s Federico Molinari, who scored 14.066.
And that's a wrap for gymnastics action for the day.
Final day tomorrow, keep it locked on our live blog.
While we're all fixated on the Pan American Games, wildlife conservationist Nadine Holmes is setting traps for Jaguars in the Peruvian jungle.
Camera traps of course.
Look at this beauty.
Gold for the Grimalts!
Chile down Mexico 21-19, 22-24, 15-10.
The defending champs held out, but Chile's cousins weren't to be denied.
The Chile contingent is going crazy at the Estadio Voleibol de Playa.
Although competition is not yet complete, 2012 Olympic champion Arthur Zanetti of Brazil will not repeat as still rings champion.
A few shaky moments swinging up to a handstand cost him, and he immediately found himself in second place behind Mexico's Fabian de Luna.
Mexico showing their mettle here.
The second set is going the distance, and they've taken it!
24-22 to the Toronto 2015 champs.
We're going to a final set.
It's been a good day for Chile so far and it could get even better in the men's volleyball final.
They're chasing their third gold medal of the day in the beach volleyball final.
Chilean cousins Esteban and Marco Grimalt are leading Mexican defending champs Rodolfo Ontiveros and Juan Virgen by 1 set to love.
The second set is tight, locked at 13 points each.
Mexico smash into the net, 19-16 to Chile, but the Mexicans aren't giving up, big smash makes it 19-17.
But Chile are so strong, Marco slams the ball into the sand.
20-18 - matchpoint.
Saved by Mexico!
Canada's Ellie Black continues her strong competition here. A day after striking gold in the women’s all-around final, she’s added the title on vault with a 14.450 average score.
Cuba’s Yesenia Ferrera is the silver medallist at 14.391. Canada’s Shallon Olsen, a standout gymnast at the University of Alabama, upgraded from her qualification vaults but came up short on the landing.
Her 14.183 average earned the bronze.
In the men’s pommel horse final, the Brazilian men continued their domination of these Games. Francisco Barretto held off the USA’s Robert Neff, 13.533 to 13.466. Colombia’s Carlos Calvo took bronze with a 13.233.
The USA are pulling ahead here in the final set.
And it's all over!
The United States are Lima 2019 beach volleyball champions!
They won by 2 sets to 1: 14-21, 22-21, 15-10.
The Argentina v USA women's beach volleyball final is going right down to the wire...
Argentina took the first set 21-14, USA the second 22-20...
Dead even in the third at 6-6.
Chile and Mexico face off in the men's final after the women's gold medal is decided.
Men's defending champions are Mexico's Rodolfo Ontiveros and Juan Virgen.
Looking to dethrone the Central Americans are Chilean cousins Esteban and Marco Grimalt who have played some sensational volleyball so far.
They are the tournament's highest Federation Internationale de Volleyball (FIVB) ranking at No.13.
Argentina v USA is underway in the women's beach volleyball final.
Cuba just fell to Brazil in the women's bronze medal match while Argentina beat Canada to bronze in the men's version.
Toronto 2015 champ Ana Gallay from Argentina has made the final with Pan Am Games debutant Fernanda Pereyra.
USA's finalists Karissa Cook and Jace Pardon won a domestic tour title in May in just their second tournament together, and that victory has given them a huge boost.
"I'm still riding that high," Pardon said afterwards, "Knowing we can play well and consistently through a tournament is confidence building."
It's going into a final set after Argentina took the first and USA the second...
Crismery Santana from the Dominican Republic has just broken a Pan Am record in the 87kg weightlifting category.
Her 117kg snatch lift is a new record, but it wasn't enough to give her gold.
Chile's Mari Valdes' total of 259kg is a golden tally and Santana will have to settle for silver after she came so agonisingly close.
She finished on 258kg overall after a failed attempt at a 143kg clean and jerk.
Bronze belongs to Ecuador's Tamara Salazar.
In the first of five apparatus finals today in gymnastics, Chile’s Tomas Gonzalez stuck gold on the floor exercise where he earned a 14.600 to hold of the United States’ Robert Neff, the top qualifier.
Neff earned a 14.166 for silver with Colombia’s Andres Martinez taking the bronze at 14.100.
The song everyone is singing here in Lima is this one: 'Cariñito' by Peruvian band Bareto.
It's a viral version of a cumbia classic.
We heard the entire Brazilian press delegation singing it yesterday and you should have seen the Peru fans reaction when it came on at the Opening Ceremony.
We have a Latin American Clasico coming up later this evening in handball: Brazil v Argentina at 8:30pm.
Add the fact that only the winner will qualify for the Tokyo Olympics and you can see why this will be a fiery affair.
It's all gone pretty much to script so far, with most predicting a Brazil, Argentina, Cuba, 1-2-3 podium, but that prediction could be torn up tonight.
Cuba will face the USA in the bronze medal match at 6pm, another classic encounter, and the U.S. is in no mood to lay down.
The Brazilians are firm favorites for gold at Lima 2019.
They are looking for an incredible sixth straight Pan American Games gold and in Eduarda ‘Duda’ Amorim have one of the best players in the world.
She was voted best player in the world 2014 by the International Handball Federation and plays professionally in Hungary.
Brazil beat Argentina recently in the South and Central American championship final and are confident they can do it again here Peru.
“Brazil is a very good team and will be difficult to beat,” Dominican Republic coach Felix Romero Conill said before the start of the tournament. “If you want to win the gold medal you will have to go through them.
“My team is a mix of veterans and young players. We are capable of beating anyone here.”
But always the bridesmaids never the bride in just about every Pan American competition for the past 20 years, Argentina are out to rewrite the script and silence the noisy neighbours.
Their top player is Luciano Mendoza, and she has been Argentina’s leading scorer for the past several years.
Cuba will be confident of taking bronze from the USA, they took top spot in the recent North American and Caribbean tournament and booked their ticket to the world championship.
Don't mess with Colombia's Mercedes Perez, the 64kg weightlifting gold medallist had the quote of the day yesterday:
"I feel like a lion stalking his prey because he is the king of the jungle"
- Mercedes Perez
Don't forget, the Pan Am Games double up as Tokyo qualifiers in may sports.
From archery and athletics to water polo and weightlifting, competitors will know they have a chance to earn one of those coveted spots in Japan.
With so many qualifying places available it's giving the action here in Lima that extra edge.
Some sports at the Lima Games offer competitors direct qualification for Tokyo 2020, while others offer additional quota places for their respective countries.
Surfing, which makes its Olympic debut in 2020, is one of the ‘wait and see’ sports where the top male and female surfer not already qualified for Tokyo will gain a qualifying spot, although places won’t be confirmed until May next year.
The 22 sporting disciplines offering Olympic qualification are archery, artistic swimming, archery, athletics, badminton, diving, equestrian (dressage, eventing and jumping), handball, hockey, karate (kate and kumite), modern pentathlon, sailing, shooting, surfing, swimming, table tennis, tennis, water polo and weightlifting.
We'll keep you up to date with who's qualified here.
We saw some scintillating gymnastics yesterday with Canada's Ellie Black and the Brazilian duo Caio Souza and Nory Mariano completing a spectacular 1-2.
Olympic Channel is currently following Russian gymnast Angelina Melnikova and USA's Morgan Hurd as they bid for dream gold at Tokyo 2020 in our original 'All Around' Series.
It's an access-all-areas, non-stop, year-long series with Episode 1 dropping Aug 6th, don't miss it!
Here's a little glimpse at what's to come:
Canada's Dominik Crete took gold in the men's K1 200m and the women's event goes to Argentina's Sabrina Ameghino who wins the final canoe sprint medal of these Games.
Before that Nevin Harrison added to Team USA's haul with gold in the women's C1 200m canoe sprint.
Canoe sprint is officially over at Lima 2019.
Canoe sprint doubles bring more joy for Canada.
The Canadian two of Alanna Braylougheed and Andreanne Langlois claim victory in the women's K2 500 metres.
Their 1min 45.484secs tpp good for Argentina's Maria Garro and Brenda Rojas in 1:46.932.
Mexico's Karina Alanis and Beatriz Briones bag bronze after their 1:47.472 finish.
More fun and a few Games coming up today in Lima.
Let's start with yesterday's highlights:
Canada’s Ellie Black retaining her all-around artistic gymnastics crown for Canada while it was a Brazil 1-2 in the men’s event, Caio Souza and Nory Mariano sharing the frist and second step on the podium.
We also have some great behind-the-scenes coverage of the artistic swimming, we saw a USA 3x3 basketball double, and Luis Scola popped up in the athlete’s village!
Peru won their 4th gold of these Games - the most they've ever won at a Pan Ams - waterski champ Natalia Cuglievan the hero of the hour, defending her Toronto 2015 title.
We also had all the fun from the 'Fiestas Patrias' parade and managed to fit a dog dressed as the Terminator in the blog along with the Pan Am Paw Patrol.
Meet the adorable ‘Agent Chato’ and his Paw Patrol friends here. (You might have to scroll down a bit)
Natalia Cuglievan graces the front of Peru's newspapers today:
It's the first day of apparatus finals for artistic gymnastics with the highlight sure to be the still rings final where 2012 Olympic champion Arthur Zanetti will look to take his second-straight Pan Am gold on the event.
On the women's side, all-around champ Ellie Black of Canada has two more chances at gold on the vault and uneven bars while silver medalist Riley McCusker (USA) seeks redemption on the bars where a fall cost her the all-around title Monday. Competition runs from 1-4pm (8-11pm CEST).
Tuesday will also bring beach volleyball finals from 1pm-3:30pm (8pm-10:30pm CEST), it's Argentina-U.S. in the women's final and Chile-Mexico in the men's.
The women's handball final is between arch-rivals Brazil and Argentina - who will guarantee their safe passage to Tokyo joining Japan (hosts), France and Angola?
There can only be one.
Look out too for USA's Jakob Butturff in the men's bowling final, his technique is incredible due to his 'hypermobility' or double-jointed wrist.
It's the first day of medals in boxing, the final day of medals in canoe sprints, the mixed relay modern pentathlon is on and there are more medals to come in shooting, waterski and weightlifting.