YOU ARE HERE: LAT HomeCollections

Pan American Games

July 23, 2007|From the Associated Press

A review of what happened Sunday at Rio de Janeiro:


The United States (3-0) defeated Cuba, 78-63. Marissa Coleman had 19 points and six rebounds, and Angel McCoughtry had 13 points and five rebounds.


Two Cubans didn't show up for their fights and were disqualified. A Cuban official said the whereabouts of bantamweight Guillermo Rigondeaux, the 2000 and 2004 Olympic champion, and welterweight Erislandy Lara were unknown.


Americans swept the podium, with Karen O'Connor (The Plains, Va.) riding Theodore O'Connor to a gold medal. Second was Phillip Dutton (West Grove, Pa.) aboard Truluck, and third was Gina Miles (Daus, Calif.) riding McKinlaigh.

Marathon, Walking

Mariela Gonzalez of Cuba won the women's marathon race in 2 hours 43 minutes 11 seconds, ahead of Brazilians Marcia Narloch, the 2003 champion, and Sirlene Pinho, who led for most of the race.

Cristina Lopez of El Salvador won the women's 20-kilometer walk and dedicated the victory to her 3-year-old daughter, Monica Michelle, who has leg cancer.


The U.S. won five gold, two silver and a bronze to bring their medals total to 38 (19-14-5). Julia Smit (Mt. Sinai, N.Y.) won gold in the 400-meter medley relay and silver behind Teresa Crippen (Conshohocken, Pa.) in the 200 backstroke. Smit has won four gold medals and a silver at the Games.

Joining Smit on the relay team that set a Games record of 4:04.60 were Michelle McKeehan (Franklin, Ind.), Kathleen Hersey (Atlanta) and Maritz Correia (Valrico, Fla.). Hersey also has won four gold medals at the Games.

Crippen set a Games record of 2:10.57 in the 200 backstroke.

Randall Bal (Fair Oaks, Calif.) won the 100 backstroke in a Games record of 53.66, just ahead of teammate Peter Marshall (Atlanta).

Then Bal, Mark Gangloff (Stow, Ohio), Ricky Berens (Charlotte, N.C.) and Andy Grant (Livermore, Calif.) won the 400-medley relay in 3:34.37, a Games record.

Caitlin Leverenz (Tucson) won the women's 200 breaststroke in a Games record of 2:25.62 and Keri Hehn (Fargo, N.D.) was third.

Brazil finished with 12 gold medals and 27 total medals.


Milagros Sequera of Venezuela defeated Mariana Duque of Colombia in three sets to win in women's singles. Americans Audra Cohen (Plantation, Fla.) and Megan Falcon (Alameda, Calif.) lost the bronze-medal match to Joana Cortez and Teliana Pereira of Brazil.

Water Polo

An 18-3 victory over Mexico earned the U.S. men their second win. Captain and two-time Olympian Tony Azevedo (Santa Ana) had four goals, two assists, a steal and a block. Azevedo was born in Rio de Janeiro and moved to the United States with his family as an infant. His father's side of the family still lives in Brazil, and most of those relatives watched him play Sunday.


Leila Vanzulli of Argentina won the women's artistic roller skating gold medal over April Burris (Dixon, Calif.) The men's title went to Marcel Sturmer of Brazil, with Josh Rhodes (Seattle) earning the bronze.

Judo gold went to Yanet Bermoy of Cuba in women's 48 kilos, with Jeanette Rodriguez (Bay Shore, N.Y.) getting a bronze medal on her 17th birthday; Sheila Espinosa of Cuba in 52 kilos; Miguel Albarracin of Argentina in men's 60 kilos and Joao Derly of Brazil in 66 kilos.

The U.S. men's field hockey team lost any chance of qualifying for the Beijing Olympics when it was beaten by Cuba, 4-1. The U.S. can finish no higher than seventh place. Pat Harris (Moorpark) scored for the U.S.

Ricardo Santos and Emanuel Rego of Brazil beat Hans Stolfus (Solon, Iowa) and Ty Loomis (Warner Robins, Ga.), 21-19, 21-13, for the gold medal in men's beach volleyball.

Los Angeles Times Articles