Capsules of Saturday’s Pan American Games
SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic (AP) _ Capsules of Saturday’s events at the Pan American Games:
The powerful Americans swept the gold in team competition, led by their individual champions.
First, the United States women _ individual gold medalist Jennifer Nichols (Cheyenne, Wyo.), bronze medalist Stephanie Miller, (Naperville, Ill.), and Janet Dykman (El Monte, Calif.) _ beat Venezuela 234-206. Then they defeated Mexico 231-216.
On the men’s side, Vic Wunderle (Mason City, Ill.), Guy Krueger (Blessing, Texas) and Glenn Meyers (Grand Rapids, Mich.) routed Colombia 237-202, then they also defeated Mexico, but in a tighter match, 245-237.
Ruth Nortje (Whitehouse Station, N.J.) and Kathy Colin (Kailua, Hawaii) each earned gold medals. Nortje won the first gold for the U.S. kayakers by sprinting to victory in the 500 meters singles race. Ninety minutes later, Nortje and Colin cruised to an easy victory in the women’s doubles at 500 meters.
Argentina’s Javier Correa completed his second consecutive sweep of the men’s kayak singles by winning the 500.
Karel Aguilar of Cuba took the 500-meter men’s canoe singles, and the Brazilian men’s doubles team of Carlos Campos and Fabio Demarchi won gold.
Cuba also won the men’s canoe doubles.
In the women’s 85-kilometer race, Joanka Gonzalez of Cuba edged Janildes Silva, Brazil, for gold. The United States did not participate.
The individual jumping gold went to Mark Watring of Puerto Rico, followed by Chris Kappler, Pittstown, N.J., and Margie Goldstein-Engle, Wellington, Fla.
U.S. swimmer set two Pan Ams records in morning races.
Ryan Lochte (Daytona Beach, Fla.) became the fourth-fastest American in the 200-meter individual medley at 2 minutes, .34 seconds. Lochte did it in an exhibition and did not swim in the finals at night.
Kara Lynn Joyce (Ann Arbor, Mich.) broke the games record in the preliminiaries of the 50-meter freestyle at 25.29. She’s never won an individual medal in an international competition, but was favored in the evening race.
Victor Estrada of Mexico won the 90-kilogram class over Rowell Jerez of the Dominican Republic. The women’s 67-kilos gold medalist was Gina Ruiz, Dominican Republic, with Sanaz Shahbazi (San Jose, Calif.) getting bronze.
Three Americans won gold medals.
Freddy Krueger (Winter Garden, Fla.) was the jumping champion with 67.00 points. Regina Jaquess (Suwanee, Ga.) took the women’s tricks competition at 6,960, with Rhoni Barton (Orlando, Fla.) just behind.
The women’s slalom went to Karen Truelove (Winter Garden, Fla.), beating out Jaquess.
Other winners were Drew Ross of Canada in men’s slalom; Karissa Wedd of Canada in women’s jumping, with Barton second and Jaquess third; and Jaret Llewellyn of Canada in men’s tricks, with Russell Gay (Winter Garden, Fla.) winning silver.
Ecuador’s Boris Burov win the 105-kilogram division ahead of Michel Batista, Cuba, and William Solis, Colombia. Peter Kelley, St. Joseph, Mo., finished fourth.
The women’s 75-kilo class went to Carmensa Delgado, Colombia. No Americans competed.
2000 Olympian and 1999 Pan American Games gold medalist Shane Hamman (Mustang, Okla.) withdrew from the 105-kilogram competition with a hamstring injury.