Wednesday, August 7

Highlighted by Brady Ellison setting a world record in the ranking round of men's recurve archery , Team USA also added 11 gold, six silver and six bronze medals to its growing list of achievements in Lima.  

Below are recaps of Team USA’s performances for the day. For live scores and results, please click 

Podium Finishes:

Cycling – Road (1 gold)
Chloe Dygert won the women’s time trial gold medal in 23:36.51 to open the road cycling competition at the Pan American Games. Teniel Campbell (24:50.24) of Trinidad and Tobago, and Laurie Jussaume (26:27.15) of Canada rounded out the podium in second and third place. Competition concludes Aug. 10 with the men’s and women’s road races.

Fencing (2 golds)
Katharine Holmes
and Daryl Homer improved Team USA’s medal haul to six in fencing with a pair of gold medals in women’s epee and men’s saber. Holmes defeated Patrizia Piovesan Silva of Venezuela, 14-10 for the epee title, while in another close bout, Homer edged Argentina’s Pascual Maria di Tella, 15-13, in saber. Team USA’s Eli Dershwitz advanced to the quarterfinals in men’s saber and Catherine Nixon advanced to the round of 16 in women’s epee before being eliminated. Fencing competition continue through Aug. 10.

Equestrian – Jumping (1 bronze)
The U.S. earned the bronze medal in the team jumping competition behind Brazil and Mexico. The U.S. team of Lucy Deslauriers riding Hester, Alex Granato aboard Carlchen W, Eve Jobs riding Venue d’Fees des Hazalles and Beezie Madden aboard Breitling LS recorded a cumulative score of 23.09 to edge Canada for the final podium spot. Three team members will compete in the individual jumping final to be contested Aug. 9.  

Swimming (6 golds, 3 silvers, 2 bronzes)
Team USA added 11 medals – including six golds – on the second night of swimming competition, bringing its total medal haul to 19. Claire Rasmus and Meaghan Raab opened the night with a 1-2 finish in the women’s 200-meter freestyle. Rasmus recorded a winning time of 1:58.64, while Raab clocked in at 1:58.70 ahead of Brazil’s Larissa Martins de Oliveira, who took bronze with a time of 1:59.78.

The U.S swept the men’s and women’s 100 butterfly titles with winning performances from Kendyl Stewart (58.49) and Tom Shields (51.59). Teammate Sarah Gibson rounded out the women’s podium in the event, claiming the bronze medal in 59.11 behind runner-up finisher Danielle Hanus of Canada (58.93). On the men’s side, Matthew Josa clocked in at 52.22 to take fifth place.

In one of the highlights of the evening for Team USA, Americans claimed gold and silver medals in both the men’s and women’s 200 backstroke finals. Competing first in the women’s event, Alexandra Walsh (2:08.30) out-touched teammate Isabelle Stadden (2:08.39) at the wall for the top podium spot as Canada’s Mackenzie Glover claimed the bronze medal in 2:10.95. Not to be outdone, the U.S. men turned in another thrilling performance with Daniel Carr (1:58.13) edging Nicholas Alexander (1:58.30) by 0.17 of second for the gold medal. Brazil’s Leonardo Gomes de Deus placed third in 1:58.73.

In the men’s 200 freestyle, Drew Kibler claimed bronze in 1:47.71 behind Brazil’s Fernando Muhlenberg Scheffer (1:46.68) and Breno Martins Correia (1:47.47). Team USA’s Grant House also advanced to the final, finishing in sixth place with a time of 1:48.58.

Finishing on a high note, the U.S. won the mixed 400-meter freestyle relay to claim its sixth gold medal of the night. Team USA recorded a winning time of 3:24.84. Brazil (3:25.97) and Mexico (3:31.36) rounded out the top-three spots in second and third place. 

Table Tennis (1 silver, 1 bronze)
Team USA concluded table tennis competition at the Pan American Games with Yue Wu adding her third medal, taking silver in women’s singles to go along with her silver in women’s doubles and bronze in mixed doubles. Despite an impressive performance in the final from Wu, Puerto Rico’s Adriana Diaz prevailed, 4-1, to claim the gold medal.

In men’s singles, Kanak Jha earned a share of the bronze medal after losing a hard fought semifinal match to Jiaji Wu of the Dominican Republic. After taking the early lead with an 11-9 win in the first game, Jha dropped the next two ensuing matches. He rebounded in the fourth game with an 11-8 win, but Wu ultimately prevailed in the final two games for the 4-2 edge. 

Track and Field (1 gold, 1 silver)
Boosted by strong performances from Michael Rodgers in the men’s 100-meter and Jordan Geist in men’s shot put, the U.S track and field team added two medals on the second full day of competition in Lima, Peru. Rodgers sprinted to the gold medal in the men’s 100 with a winning time of 10.09 seconds, while teammate Cravon Gillespie placed sixth in 10.38. Paulo Andre Camilo de Oli of Brazil won silver with a time of 10.16 and Cejhae Greene of Antigua and Barbuda earned bronze with a time of 10.23. 

In men’s shot put, Geist threw 20.67 in the sixth and final round to claim the silver medal behind Brazil’s Darlan Romani, who tossed an event record of 22.07. Uziel Munoz of Mexico earned bronze with a throw of 20.56.Team USA’s Olayinka Awotunde also earned a top-10 finish, placing ninth with a mark of 19.04.

In the women’s 100-meter dash, Twanisha Terry’s time of 11.37 seconds resulted in a fifth-place finish. Elaine Thompson of Jamaica won gold with a time of 11.18. Michelle-Lee Ahye from Trinidad and Tobago earned silver with a time of 11.27 and Brazil’s Vitoria Cristina Silva Rosa finished third with a time of 11.30 for the bronze.

In the men’s long jump, Trumaine Jefferson withdrew after his second attempt due to injury. His second-round jump of 7.66 was still enough for him to finish sixth. Cuba’s Juan Echevarria Lafle won gold with his jump of 8.27.

In other action, Team USA’s Nathan Hite finished sixth in the men’s decathlon with 7,389 total points. Canada’s Damian Warner took home the gold with 8,513 total points.

Several U.S. athletes also advanced to individual event finals, including Sharika Nelvis and Chanel Brissett in the women’s 100 hurdles, Jaide Stepter and Courtney Okolo in the women’s 400, and Justin Robinson and Wilbert London III in the men’s 400.

Wrestling (1 gold, 1 silver, 2 bronzes)
Team USA claimed four medals on the first day of Greco-Roman, competition, highlighted by a gold medal from Patrick Smith at 77 kg. Competing in his first Pan American Games, Smith earned a 3-2 victory over defending Pan American Games champion Wuilexis Rivas Espinoza of Venezuela. Trailing 2-0, Smith earned a takedown in the final frame to take the lead and held on for the win.

Also advancing to the gold-medal final in his weight class for Team USA was G’Angelo Hancock at 97 kg. In a re-match of the 2019 Pan American Championships, Hancock faced Gabriel Rosillo Kindelan of Cuba. After leading 2-0 at the break with a pair of step outs, Rosillo responded to claim the 7-2 win, leaving Hancock with an impressive silver medal in his Pan American Games debut.

Team USA opened the night with a pair of bronze medals from Ildar Hafizov (60 kg) and Ellis Coleman (67 kg). Hafizov earned a decisive, 7-2, victory over Mexico’s Emilio Perez Alonzo in the bronze-medal match, while Coleman earned his first Pan American Games medal with a 4-1 win over Luis De Leon of Dominican Republic.

At 87 kg., Joe Rau went 1-2 on the day to finish fifth at his first Pan American Games.

Adam Coon will wrap up Greco-Roman action on Aug. 8, which also marks the start of the women’s wrestling competition. 

Other Results:

Brady Ellison posted a world record score of 702 in the men’s recurve individual ranking round, marking the first score over 700 recorded in competition since the Olympic Game Rio 2016. Jack Williams fired a personal-best 689 to seed third and Thomas Stanwood ranked eighth with a 666, putting Team USA solidly in first place with a continental and Pan American Games record of 2,057. Meanwhile in men’s compound, world-record holder Braden Gellenthien shot a Pan American Games record of 712 to also rank first heading into the round of eight.

In women’s competition, three Americans finished in the top 10 of the recurve individual ranking round. A personal best 662 for 15-year-old Casey Kaufhold, the youngest archer at the Games, put her second for the recurve women behind Mexico's Alejandra Valencia (675). Defending Pan American Games champion Khatuna Lorig and Erin Mickelberry were sixth (642) and eighth (636). Meanwhile, world silver medalist Paige Pearce qualified fourth in women’s individual compound with a 695 and sits in second place in the compound mixed team event with Gellenthien.

Kaufhold and Ellison's combined score of 1,353 also set a new continental record for the mixed team event, which makes its Pan American Games debut in Lima ahead of its Olympic debut in 2020. A win in the mixed team event will guarantee the U.S. women a spot for the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 along with the men's spot that was previously earned at the World Archery Championships. Archer competition resumes Aug. 8 with women's individual matches.

The U.S. women improved to 2-0 in preliminary play with a 103-55 win over the U.S. Virgin Islands on the second day of action in Lima, Peru. Led by a team-high 16 points from Taylor Mikesell, 11 U.S. players scored, including six in double digits.With the win, Team USA advances to the medal semifinal round on Aug. 9. The bronze- and gold-medal games will be held Aug. 10.

Basque Pelota
The U.S. men’s team of Augusti Brugues and Jose Haurte earned a 2-0 (15-4, 15-6) win over host nation Peru in men’s doubles fronton leather ball preliminary play. Meanwhile in men’s individual competition, Rolando Tejeda dropped a 2-0 (15-3, 15-5) decision to Mexico’s Arturo Rodriquez. Team USA’s Salvador Espinoza also lost his individual preliminary match in Peruvian fronton, conceding a 2-1 decision (15-10, 15-14, 10-8) to Mexico’s Isaac Perez. Preliminary competition continues Aug. 8.

The U.S. women’s and men’s single scullers won their races and advanced to the finals, to be held Aug. 9 and 10. Team USA’s Lucas Bellows won his semifinal with a time of 7:05.48. ahead of second-place Paraguay (7:08.21), and third-place Argentina (7:08.84) as all three advanced to the A final. Meanwhile, Jenifer Forbes won the first heat of the women’s single sculls with a time of 7:57.40, just 0.2 of a second ahead of second-place Chile (7:57.60)

In other qualifying action, the U.S. women’s quadruple sculls crew of Maggie Fellows, Julia Lonchar, Kierra Twist and Sydney Taylor finished fourth (6:54.55) and the U.S. men’s pair of James Garay and Logan Smith finished fifth (7:40.13) to advance to the final on Aug. 9.

The men’s eight also finished in fifth in its race for lanes. The crew of coxswain Coral Kasden, Kyle Peabody, Jason Read, James Garay, Logan Smith, Paul Verni, Thaddeus Babiec, Jonathan Zagroba and Veton Celaj crossed the line in a 6:21.73. Brazil won the race in a 6:05.88.

Racing continues on Aug. 8 with Team USA competing in the A finals of the women’s pair, women’s double sculls and men’s four, as well as the B final of men’s double sculls.

Team USA earned national qualification to the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 in two classes today by securing positions as the top boat from North America in each event. Riley Gibbs and Anna Weis qualified the U.S. for representation in the mixed Nacra 17 class, and Stephanie Roble and Maggie Shea earned a national quota in the 49erFX class.

Gibbs and Weis are currently leading the Nacra 17 fleet with a comfortable 40-point gap separating the pair from the next-highest North American boat, Puerto Rico. Because the Nacras only have one race in the opening series and one medal race remaining, Gibbs and Weis have mathematically secured a spot for the U.S. on the starting line for the 2020 Olympic regatta.

Roble and Shea are currently in second place overall, 14 points ahead of the closest North American competitors representing Canada. With only two 49erFX races tomorrow, followed by a medal race on Aug. 9, their focus will now shift to clinching the silver medal.

Meanwhile in men’s 49er, Andrew Mollerus and Ian MacDiarmid finished two of today’s races in the top three, advancing to the bronze-medal position and poised for a chance to earn another national Olympic quota later in the week.  

Additionally, Ernesto Rodriguez and Hallie Schiffman maintained their lead in the Snipe fleet. Charlotte Rose also stands in first place after winning all races in Laser Radial today. Charlie Buckingham is also currently tied for first with his training partner, Juan Maegli of Guatemala. Men’s RS:X athlete, Pedro Pascual currently sits in second place, while open formula kiter, Will Cyr and open sunfish sailor Conner Blouin both stand in third. Sailing competition continues tomorrow (Aug. 8) with the final day of the opening series.

Team USA picked up its third run-rule victory of the 2019 Pan American Games in a 9-0 (six innings) shutout over No. 16 Venezuela. Held to just one hit through the first four innings of play, the U.S. found its rhythm in the fifth inning propelled by a grand slam from Delaney Spaulding. A three-run, walk-off home run by Ali Aguilar in the sixth inning sealed the win as Team USA improved to 4-0 in preliminary round action. With the win, the U.S. women secured the No. 1 seed for the semifinal rounds, which begin Aug. 9.

Volleyball – Indoor
The U.S. women’s team opened preliminary pool play with a 3-2 loss against Argentina. After dropping the first two sets, 25-17, 25-17, the U.S. rallied to win the third and fourth sets, 25-20, 25-18, but Argentina ultimately prevailed with a 15-10 edge in the final match. Madi Kingdon led Team USA with 18 points. Up next, Team USA will face Puerto Rico at 3 p.m. CT on Aug. 8 in its second of three preliminary games.