SANTIAGO – As the Pan American Games Santiago 2023 drew to a close, the final day was marked by a series of thrilling finals in track and field that saw outstanding performances and national records being shattered.
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American vaulter Matthew Joseph Ludwig soared to gold in the men’s pole vault final with a leap of 5.55 meters, narrowly edging out Argentina’s German Pablo Chiaraviglio, who cleared 5.50 meters to claim silver. The bronze went to Jorge Luna of Mexico with a vault of 5.40 meters.
Canada’s Ethan Katzberg launched a meet record and personal best throw of 80.96 meters in the men’s hammer throw, taking the top podium spot and leaving the silver for American Daniel Haugh with a 77.62-meter effort. His compatriot, Rudy Winkler, rounded out the podium with a throw of 76.65 meters.
Jamaica’s Anderson Clinches Bronze in Tense 800m Final at Pan American Games
Jamaica’s Navasky Anderson delivered a commendable performance in the men’s 800m final, seizing the bronze with a time of 1:46.40. The race was a rapid display of middle-distance running prowess, ultimately won by José Antonio Maita of Venezuela, who crossed the finish line in 1:45.69. Hot on his heels was Mexico’s Jesus Tonatiu Lopez, who secured the silver medal with a finish of 1:46.04, capping off a tightly contested event.
On the women’s side, Sahily Diago of Cuba dashed to gold in the 800m final, stopping the clock at 2:02.71. Uruguay’s Deborah Lizeth Rodriguez was hot on her heels, finishing a close second in 2:02.88, with another Cuban, Rose Mary Almanza, taking bronze in 2:03.68.
In the women’s high jump, Rachel McCoy of the United States triumphed with a clearance of 1.87 meters. Colombian Jennifer Laritza Rodriguez secured silver with a jump of 1.84 meters, and Marisabel Senyu of the Dominican Republic earned bronze with 1.81 meters.
Jean-Simon Desgagnés brought home gold for Canada in the men’s 3000m steeplechase, clocking in at 8:30.14, while American Daniel Michalski claimed silver in 8:36.47, and Colombia’s Carlos Andrés San Martin finished in 8:41.59 for bronze.
The men’s javelin saw Curtis Thompson of the USA seize gold with a throw of 79.65 meters. Brazil’s Pedro Henrique Nunes flung a 78.45-meter throw for silver, just ahead of Leslain Baird of Guyana, who earned bronze with 78.23 meters.
Cuba dominated the women’s 4x400m relay, crossing the finish line in 3:33.15, with the Dominican Republic chasing down for silver in 3:34.27 and Brazil clinching bronze in 3:34.80.
Closing the track events, the Brazilian men’s 4x400m relay team sprinted to victory in 3:03.92. The Mexican quartet grabbed silver in a close 3:04.22, and the team from the Dominican Republic completed the podium in 3:05.98.
The Pan American Games concluded with athletes from across the Americas celebrating triumphs, personal bests, and national records, embodying the spirit of unity and competition that the games stand for.