The big news from Lima this weekend was Marco Arop and Gen Lalonde breaking Pan Am records in the 800m and the women’s 3,000m steeplechase, respectively. And the women on Canada’s 4x400m relay team brought home a silver medal with a season’s best 3:27.01.

 

Arop, the Canadian indoor 800m record-holder, proved that his win at last year’s nationals was no fluke, as he crossed the line in 1:44.25, winning a Pan Am Games gold medal and setting a new personal best and a Pan Am Games record.

Lalonde, who holds the Canadian 3,000m steeplechase record and who won bronze at the 2015 Pan Am Games in Toronto, ran 9:41.45, for a new Pan Am Games record. Regan Yee finished fifth (10:00.08) in her first Pan Am Games.

In the 4x400m relay, Sage Watson, who won gold in the 400m hurdles earlier in the week, led through most of the anchor leg before being overtaken in the final 100m. Her teammates were Natassha McDonald, Aiyanna Stiverne, and Kyra Constantine.

On Friday’s action at the games, Jess O’Connell was the star of the track, adding another medal to our national count. She got silver in the 5,000m in 15:36.08. O’Connell is fresh off a win at the national championships in Montreal, where she out-kicked Andrea Seccafien to take the 5,000m title.

PAN-AM Games 2015 Toronto. Day One- July 21, 2015- AM Session. Photo: Claus Andersen

In sprinting action, Jerome Blake was sixth in the 200m and Crystal Emmanuel was fourth in the women’s 200m.

Rory Linkletter was sixth in the men’s 10,000m in his first race since becoming a Hoka One One athlete. Linkletter recently relocated from Utah to Arizona to begin training with a professional group.

Canada’s women’s 4x100m relay team, consisting of Khamica Bingham, Crystal Emmanuel, Ashlan Best and Leya Buchanan, brought home a silver medal. The men’s 4×100 team finished fourth.

In his first competition representing Canada, dual Canadian/British citizen William Paulson of Quebec City won bronze in the 1,500m yesterday, in 3:41.15. Paulson, racing fresh off his gold medal at nationals two weeks ago, led through most of the final lap before being overtaken in the final 30m.

Sage Watson won gold in the women’s 400m hurdles, though there was a delay as the result was contested. Watson’s time was 55.16.

Canadian and Pan Am record-holder Damian Warner came out on top once again on Wednesday, successfully defending his decathlon title with 8,513 points. His teammate, Pierce LePage, won bronze with 8,161 points.

Crystal Emmanuel finished seventh in the 100m final, and Lindsey Butterworth was fifth in the 800m event.

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It was an exciting night for Canada in Lima on Tuesday as Canadians took two medals in the 10,000m at the Pan Am Games. Vancouver’s Natasha Wodak won gold and set a new Pan Am Games record of 31:55.17, and Rachel Cliff, also of Vancouver, took bronze, in 32:13.34. Wodak’s was the first gold medal in track and field earned by Team Canada at this Games.

Wodak also holds the Canadian outdoor 10,000m record, at 31:41.59, set in 2015. Cliff, who was coming off a bronze-medal performance in the 5,000m at Canadian nationals two weeks ago, is also the Canadian marathon and half-marathon record-holder.

Georgia Ellenwood was expected to compete in the heptathlon, but decided to withdraw from both Canadian nationals and the Pan Am Games, in order to avoid risking injury in the run-up to Tokyo.

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Results

Full results can be found here.

Schedule

Schedule can be found here.

Live Stream

CBC Olympics is streaming the Games. Their feed can be found here.

Social media feeds

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