Sprint queen Thompson wins gold at Pan Ams
Jamaican sprint queen Elaine Thompson may be the biggest name competing in a marquee event at the Pan Am Games but the Olympic champion fails to shine when winning gold in the 100 metres.
Sprint queen Thompson wins gold at Pan Ams
VIDEO SHOW: HIGHLIGHTS OF PAN AM GAMES, INCLUDING WOMEN'S AND MEN'S 100M SPRINT FINALS AND 800M FINAL / MULTIPLE SWIMMING EVENTS / BRAZIL'S EQUESTRIAN GOLD VICTORY SHOWS: LIMA, PERU (AUGUST 7, 2019) (PANAM SPORTS - SEE RESTRICTIONS) WOMEN'S 100M FINAL 1.
VARIOUS OF JAMAICA'S ELAINE THOMPSON WINNING GOLD 2.
VARIOUS OF THOMPSON ON PODIUM (MICHELLE-LEE AHYE IN SILVER / VITORIA CRISTINA ROSA IN THIRD) MEN'S 100M FINAL 3.
VARIOUS OF U.S. SPRINTER, MIKE RODGERS, WINNING GOLD 4.
VARIOUS OF RODGERS ON PODIUM (PAULO ANDRE DE OLIVEIRA IN SILVER / CEJHAE GREENE IN THIRD) WOMEN'S 800M FINAL 5.
VARIOUS OF JAMAICA'S VIOLA GOULE NATOYA SPRINTING FINAL STRAIGHT TO WIN GOLD 6.
NATOYA CELEBRATES POST RACE WITH JAMAICAN FLAG WOMEN'S 400M FREESTYLE FINAL 7.
ARGENTINA'S DELFINA PIGNATIELLO RACING TO GOLD IN FINAL LEG 8.
PIGNATIELLO CELEBRATES POST-RACE 9.
PODIUM MEN'S 400M FREESTYLE FINAL 10.
VARIOUS OF THREE LEADING COMPETITORS IN TIGHT RACE TO FINISH (U.S. SWIMMER, ANDREW ABRUZZO, STRETCHES LEAD IN FINAL FEW METRES AND WINS GOLD) 11.
VARIOUS OF ABRUZZO WITH GOLD ON PODIUM WOMEN'S 100M BREASTSTROKE FINAL 12.
U.S. SWIMMER, ANNIE LAZOR, JUST EDGES OUT ARGENTINA'S JULIA SEBASTIAN IN FINAL METRES OF RACE TO WIN GOLD 13.
LAZOR WITH GOLD MEDAL ON PODIUM MEN'S 100M BREASTSTROKE FINAL 14.
BRAZIL'S JOAO LUIZ GOMES JUNIOR JUST EDGES OUT U.S. COMPETITORS, CODY MILLER AND KEVIN CORDES, TO WIN GOLD 15.
GOMES JUNIOR DIPS GOLD MEDAL IN POOL WOMEN'S 200M BUTTERFLY FINAL 17.
ARGENTINA'S VIRGINIA BARDACH MARTIN WINS GOLD 18.
BARDACH MARTIN ON PODIUM MEN'S 200M BUTTERFLY FINAL 19.
BRAZIL'S LEONARDO GOMES DE DEUS WINS GOLD BY A DECENT DISTANCE 20.
GOMES DE DEUS CELEBRATES 21.
PODIUM MEN'S 4X100M FREESTYLE RELAY FINAL 22.
VARIOUS OF RACE WON BRAZIL 23.
PODIUM (BRAZIL GOLD; U.S. SILVER; MEXICO BRONZE) EQUESTRIAN TEAM JUMPING 24.
VARIOUS OF RODRIGO LAMBRE COMPLETING JUMPS TO WIN GOLD FOR BRAZIL 25.
BRAZIL TEAM RECEIVE GOLD MEDALS 26.
PODIUM STORY: Jamaican sprint queen Elaine Thompson may be the biggest name competing in a marquee event at the Pan Am Games but the Olympic champion failed to shine as she won gold in the 100 metres on Wednesday (August 7).
A chilled crowd at the Estadio Atletico had hoped to see something special from the 2016 Rio Games champion but cold conditions and a ho-hum field delivered an ordinary result with Thompson crossing unchallenged in a time of 11.18 seconds.
Trinidad and Tobago's Michelle-Lee Ahye took the silver in 11.27 and Brazil's Vitoria Cristina Rosa the bronze (11.30).
While Thompson has clocked the season's best time of 10.73, her effort on Wednesday was not enough to crack the top 20 this year but more than enough to successfully keep in Jamaican hands the title won by four years ago by Sherone Simpson in Toronto.
Mike Rodgers was over the moon after grabbing the United States the men's 100m gold for the first time in 20 years.
Rodgers winning time of 10.09 was also unspectacular but the 34-year-old sprinter could not hide his delight at putting the U.S. back on top.
Brazil's Paulo Andre de Oliveira took the silver in 10.16 while Antigua and Barbuda's Cejhae Greene completed the podium in 10.23.
While Jamaica is well known for their prowess in the short sprints there was also gold on Wednesday for Natoya Goule, who became the first from her country to win the women's 800m.
EQUESTRIAN Brazil claimed the equestrian team jumping gold medal at the Pan Am Games on Wednesday, punching their ticket to the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
The four-rider squad of Marlon Modolo Zanotelli, Eduardo Menezes, Rodrigo Lambre and Pedro Veniss posted a total score of 12.39 points to finish ahead of Mexico, who took the silver and the second of three available Olympic qualification slots.
The United States, already qualified for Tokyo thanks to their gold medal at last year's World Equestrian Games, grabbed the bronze, handing the fourth placed Canadians the final Olympic qualification spot.
The U.S. finished just 0.12 points behind Mexico.
SWIMMING Wednesday also hosted a series of swimming finals.
An exciting men's 4x100 metres was won in convincing fashion by Brazil, with the U.S. in second and Mexico third.
Brazilians performed well in the men's swimming competitions overall, as Leonardo Gomes De Deus won the 200m men's butterfly and Joao Luiz Gomes Junior just edged out his U.S. rivals to take gold in the 100m breastroke final.
Luiz Gomes Junior symbolically dipped his gold medal in the pool after his victory.
In the women's, the Argentinian competitors had a golden day out as Virginia Bardach Martin won the 200m butterfly final, while Delfina Pignatiello raced to 400m freestyle victory.
The U.S. competitor, Annie Lazor, won gold in the 100m breastroke final, and her American compatriot Andrew Abruzzo also won an exciting 400m freestyle final.
(Production: Francis Maguire)