USA and Brazil put up a good show at Pan Am Games
Team USA confirmed they are the favourites in the swimming events for the XVI Pan American Games currently taking place in Guadalajara, Mexico. But USA's strongest rival Brazil is also determined to steal the show in the pool. Thousands of fans filled the stands at the Aquatic Complex which will also host the FINA World Championships in 2017.
Brazilians Thiago Pereira and Cesar Cielo were most certainly up for the gold but in each race they entered, they had to contend with the likes of the Americans. Thiago Pereira competed in eight events and won medals in all of them (six golds, a silver and a bronze), repeating his feat from four years ago in Rio de Janeiro (BRA). His participation in Guadalajara made him the Brazilian athlete with the most gold medals at a Pan American Games. The talented swimmer has collected 11 medals since his first podium. Brazilian star Cesar Cielo won four gold medals, improving his performance from 2007 where he bagged three golds and one silver. Cielo was the fastest in the 50m freestyle, touching the wall in 21.58.
Cesar Cielo (BRA) - credit: Christian Palma
Thanks to its aces, Brazil's overall tally was 24 (ten golds, eight silvers and six bronze); not enough to defeat the U.S. Team which captured 18 golds, 18 silvers and eight bronze for a total 44.
USA's Amanda Kendall picked up four gold medals and teammate Elizabeth Pelton three golds and one silver. The United States established 11 of the 16 Pan American records while Brazil set four and the Cayman Islands one through Brett Fraser in the 200m freestyle.
Venezuela was the third best nation thanks to a gold medal won by Albert Subirats in the 100m butterfly, as well as one silver and six bronze medals. Venezuela bested Canada which was fourth with one gold, one silver and two bronze. Chile's Kristel Koebrich obtained the first medal in swimming for her country at this competition in the 800m freestyle. The Mexican delegation took four bronze thanks to Fernanda Gonzalez in the 100m and 200m backstroke, Rita Medrano in the 200m butterfly and 4x200m freestyle relay.
16 PANAMERICAN RECORDS
10 Individual events
Claire Donahue, 100 fly, 58.59
Elizabeth Pelton, 200 back, 2:08.99 and 100 back, 1:01.57
Rachel Bootsma, 100 back, 1:00.37
Sean Mahoney, 200 breast, 2:11.62
Lara Jackson, 50 free, 25.09
Women’s 4x100 medley relay, 4:04.52
Women´s 4x100 medley relay, 4:01.00
Women’s 4x100 free relay, 3:40.85
Women’s 4x100 free relay, 3:40.66
Women´s 4x200 free relay, 8:01.18
Cesar Cielo, 50 free, 21.58 and 100 free, 47.84
Thiago Pereira, 200 back, 1:57.19
Men’s 4x100 free relay, 3:14.65
Brett Fraser, 200 free, 1:47.18