Friday, July 24


Podium Finishes:

Boxing (1 Gold)

U.S. boxer Claressa Shields won gold in the women’s middleweight division, defeating Yenebier Guillen Benitez, 3-0, in the gold-medal bout.

Fencing (1 Gold, 1 Silver) 

The U.S. trio of Katharine Holmes, Kasia Trzopek and Anna van Brummen won gold in the women’s epee team event with a 29-22 victory over Venezuela, and the U.S. men’s team of Ben Bratton, Jason Pryor and Yeisser Ramirez took silver after falling to Venezuela, 45-40, in the gold-medal match. Both U.S. teams edged their way into the finals with narrow victories over Colombia (45-42) and Brazil (32-31) in the men’s and women’s semifinal bouts.

Field Hockey – Women’s (1 Gold) 

Katie Reinprecht and Michelle Vittese each scored goals to lead the U.S. women’s field hockey team to a 2-1 victory over Argentina in the gold-medal match. By advancing to the final against Argentina – and by virtue of its No. 5 FIH world ranking – the U.S. also qualified for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. MORE

Karate (1 Gold)

Karate athlete Tom Scott claimed gold in the men’s -75 kg. division, defeating Venezuela’s Alexander Nicastro, 4-3, in the gold-medal match. Meanwhile, Joane Orbon (-61 kg.) to Venezuela’s Franyerlin Brito in pool play. 

Racquetball (2 Golds)

Rocky Carson won the men’s singles title in racquetball for the second consecutive Pan American Games after defeating Mexico’s Alvaro Beltran, 2-0. Jansen Allen and Jose Rojas captured gold in the men’s doubles racquetball competition, defeating Bolivia’s Conrrado Moscoso and Roland Keller, 2-0, in the gold-medal match. MORE

Track and Field (4 Golds, 3 Silvers, 2 Bronzes)

David Oliver III sprinted to the gold medal in the 110-meter hurdles in a Pan Am Games record time of 13.07. Later in the evening, Ashley Higginson set a Pan Am record of her own, clocking in at 9:48.12 to win the women’s 3,000-meter steeplechase ahead of teammate Shalaya Kipp, who finished second in 9:49.96. Team USA then earned its second 1-2 finish of the evening with Kaylin Whitney and Kyra Jefferson (22.65) taking gold and silver (22.72) in the women’s 200, while Wallace Spearmon and BeeJay Lee finished fifth (20.11) and eighth (20.74) in the men’s event. Andrew Wheating picked up Team USA’s third gold medal of the day, winning the men’s 1,500-meter in 3:41.41. In field events, Riley Dolezal won the silver medal in men’s javelin with a season-best throw of 81.62 meters, and Sha’Keela Saunders earned bronze in the women’s long jump with a leap of 6.66. Additionally, Gia Lewis-Smallwood threw 61.26 meters to win the women’s discus bronze medal, while Kelsey Card placed seventh with a toss of 57.00. Alphonso Jordan leaped 15.99 meters to place 12th in the men’s triple jump. Looking ahead to Saturday’s competition, Team USA’s Heather Miller and Breanna Leslie rank third and seventh in the women’s heptathlon, and the U.S. will look to return to the podium after qualifying for the men’s and women’s 4x100 and 4x400-meter relay finals. MORE


Other Results:

Baseball - Women's

The U.S. women defeated Canada, 3-1, in the final game of preliminary play to improve their record to 4-0. The U.S. will play in the gold-medal game on Sunday, July 26. 

Basketball – Men’s  

The U.S. men advanced to the bronze-medal game after falling to Canada, 111-108, in overtime. Bobby Brown led Team USA in scoring with 25 points, while Anthony Randolph chipped in 21 points and six rebounds. Up next, the U.S. will face the Dominican Republic at 11 a.m. Saturday (July 25). 

Bowling 

Devin Bidwell and Liz Johnson took the early lead in men’s and women’s singles after recording totals of 2,753 and 2,709 over 12 games in the qualification stage. Meanwhile, Tommy Jones (2,603) and Shannon Pluhowsky (2,553) completed the day in fifth place in the men’s and women’s divisions By virtue of their top-eight ranking, all four U.S. bowlers advance to Saturday’s (July 25) match play, which will consist of one-game matches with the winner receiving 20 bonus pins. The top-four bowlers after match play advance to the semifinals and finals, also on Saturday.

Softball - Women's

The U.S. women improved their record to 5-0 with a 5-2 victory over home team Canada in the semifinals. With the win, the U.S. advance to the final, which will be held Sunday, July 26. 

Table Tennis

Lily Zhang and Yue Wu both earned wins in women’s singles to advance to the tournament quarterfinals, which will be held tomorrow, July 25. Meanwhile, Kanak Jha, Timothy Wang, and Jiaqi Zheng fell to athletes from Argentina, Brazil and Canada.

Volleyball – Indoor 

The U.S. men’s team lost to Cuba, 3-1, in the 5-6th place match. Team USA will conclude indoor volleyball competition when the women’s team faces Brazil in the gold-medal match Friday (July 25).