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Team USA leads Pan Ams medal table after three golds in evening session

TORONTO -- Three golds and eight overall medals, including a 1-2 finish in the men’s long jump, pushed Team USA atop the Pan American Games medal table in track & field Wednesday evening at CIBC Pan Am/Parapan Am Athletics Stadium.
The men’s long jump promised to be one of the most compelling events of the meet, and Jeff Henderson (Little Rock, Arkansas) reminded the competition that it would not be easy after he sailed to a very windy 8.54m/28-0.25 on his opening jump to take the lead for good. He added a world-leading wind-legal 8.52m/27-11.5 on his final attempt to seal the gold and the 1-2 finish for Team USA.
Marquis Goodwin (Buffalo, New York), jumping last in the rotation, answered with a season’s best of 8.13m/26-8.25, to keep the Americans in the top two positions after one round. Goodwin fouled on his second attempt, but improved to a windy 8.27m/27-1.75 on jump three to move back into second place, where he stayed as Team USA swept the top two places for the first time since Carl Lewis and Larry Myricks did it in 1987.
In the women’s 400m hurdles, Shamier Little (College Station, Texas) was challenged by Canada’s Sarah Wells over the first five barriers, but was too strong for the rest of the field on the second curve and headed into the home straight with a good lead. Little kept her head as the crowd roared for the local favorite and ran on for the gold in 55.50.
Defending Pan American Games champion Kibwe Johnson (Suwanee, Georgia) was in fourth place in the men’s hammer throw final up until his fifth throw of the night. Johnson unleashed a 75.46m/247-7, which propelled him up to first place and his second straight gold. Team USA’s Conor McCollough (Rockton, Illinois) was in second place after his second throw of 73.74m/241-9, going into the fifth round at No. 2, but ending the competition with bronze.
JIllian Camarena-Williams (Tucson, Arizona) came ready to impress with a second round toss of 18.57m/60-11.25, but she left her best for the final round, throwing 18.65m/61-2.25 to claim silver, an agonizing two centimeters away from gold. Jeneva Stevens (Carbondale, Illinois) also had her best throw on her last attempt with a 17.63m/57-10.25 for sixth place.
In the women’s 800 meters, Rose Mary Almanza of Cuba made a fast early pace, carrying the field through the first lap in 57.62 with Team USA’s Alysia Montaño (Valencia, California) tucked in behind her. Montaño moved to the front with 150 meters to go, and coming off the final curve Bishop made a move to challenge Montaño as the two fought it out over the final 100 meters. Bishop had a slight edge at the line, taking the gold in 1:59.62, just .14 ahead of Montaño’s 1:59.76 for silver. American Phoebe Wright (Signal Mountain, Tennessee) ran 2:04.17 in seventh place.
Barbara Pierre (Knighdale, North Carolina) blasted out of the blocks in the final of the women’s 100 meters and led most of the way, but she was barely outleaned at the line and won bronze in 11.01.
In the first semifinal of the women’s 100, Morolake Akinosun (Austin, Texas) tripped out of the blocks, but did her best to recover, finishing in 11.29 for seventh in her heat and did not advance. Pierre, who set the new Pan American record in qualifying Tuesday, ran a wind-aided 10.96 to win semifinal two.
All eyes in the men’s 100 meters, where U.S. athletes Remontay McClain (Irvine, California) finished fifth in 10.15, just ahead of BeeJay Lee (Chino, California), who was sixth in 10.17. The hometown favorite, Canada’s Andre de Grasse won in 10.05.
Austin Bahner (Wichita, Kansas) scored 3,871 points in the first five events of the decathlon to end Day 1 ineight place and 238 points ahead of U.S. teammate Derek Masterson (Placerville, California), who sits in 12th with 3,633.
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Track & field will air as part of ESPN’s Pan American Games coverage across their family of networks, including ESPN, ESPN2 and ESPN3/WatchESPN.
Pan American Games TV Coverage
Time (ET) Date Network
10 a.m.-11:30 p.m. July 23 ESPN3
7-11 p.m. July 23 ESPN/ESPN2
10 a.m.-11:30 p.m. July 24 ESPN3
8-11 p.m. July 24 ESPN/ESPN2
11 a.m.-11 p.m. July 25 ESPN3
4:30-11 p.m. July 25 ESPN/ESPN2
Team USA Medals at the Pan American Games (17)
Gold (4)
Kibwe Johnson, hammer (75.46m/247-7)
Jeff Henderson, long jump (8.54m/28-0.25w)
Shamier Little, 400 hurdles (55.50)
Queen Harrison, 100 hurdles (12.52, meet record)
Silver (7)
Marquis Goodwin, long jump (8.27m/27-1.75w)
Jill Camarena-Williams, shot put (18.65m/61-2.25)
Alysia Montaño, 800 (1:59.76)
Tenaya Jones, 100 hurdles (12.84)
Amber Campbell, hammer (71.22m/233-8)
Aron Rono, 10,000 (28:50.83)
Kara Winger, javelin (61.44m/201-7)
Bronze (6)
Conor McCullough, hammer (73.74m/241-9)
Barbara Pierre, 100 (11.01)
Cory Leslie, 3000 steeplechase (8:36.83)
Jake Blankenship & Mark Hollis, pole vault (5.40m/17-8.5)
Kellyn Taylor, 5000 (15:52.78)
Lindsay Flanagan, marathon (2:36:30)

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