Capsules of Saturday’s Pan Am 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.
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.
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.