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Pan American Games

A review of what happened Tuesday at Rio de Janeiro:

July 25, 2007|KEVIN BAXTER

A day after winning two distance events, the U.S. dominated the sprints at the XV Pan American Games on Tuesday while in basketball the American women upset Brazil, 79-66, to win their first Pan Am title since 1987.

On the track Miki Barber, wearing a pair of battered pink weightlifting gloves her father gave her for luck, bettered Evelyn Ashford's 28-year-old Games record in the 100, running a lifetime best 11.02 seconds to lead a 1-2 U.S finish.

"They give me my power," Barber said of the gloves. "I'm just going to wear them until they turn gray and the stitches come out."

In the men's 100, American Darvis Patton began his lean too early and it cost him when Churandy Martina of the Netherlands Antilles nipped him at the tape in 10.15. Patton, who tumbled to the track just beyond the finish line, got the silver in 10.17.

"I saw gold and I kind of lost focus," said Patton, who lost the 2003 World Championships 200 in a similar finish. "I'm going to regret that all night."

The U.S. also won a medal on the field with Bashir Ramzy leaping 25-9 1/8 on his last attempt to earn a bronze in the long jump. Irving Saladino of Panama won with a jump of 26-6 3/4 .



The U.S. team's 51-game Pan Am Games winning streak was put on hold for a second consecutive day because of rain.


The United States Under-20 women's soccer team advanced to the gold-medal game against host Brazil with a 2-1 upset of Canada, which fielded its complete national team. UCLA's Lauren Cheney tallied both goals for the U.S.

Table tennis

Americans won the women's table tennis team event, with gold going to Jun Gao of Gaithersburg, Md., Chen Wang of New York and Tawny Banh of San Gabriel.

U.S. men (Eric Owens of Oakbrook Terrace, Ill., Mark Hazinski of Mishawaka, Ind., and Han Xiao of Germantown, Md.) got bronze.


The first bowling gold went to Rhino Page of Topeka, Kan., and Cassidy Schaub of Polk, Ohio, in men's doubles. U.S. women then equaled the men's performance. Diandra Asbaty of Chicago and Tennelle Milligan of Orange won the gold.

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