The Pan Am records set Friday have certainly given Cochrane confidence for a chance at the podium in the upcoming biggest swimming event of the year. Venezuela’s Andreina Pinto earned silver in 4:08.67 while American Gillian Ryan placed third in 4:09.46.
Two, three-game victories by Olivia Blatchford, individual silver medalist, and Amanda Sobhy, individual and doubles gold medalist, denied Canada two gold medal teams in front of a packed arena.
Evans won her heat in 4min 15.51sec and swam exactly one second faster in the final but after showing among the leaders early on was overhauled halfway through the race.
Richard Funk and Rachel Nicol complemented the Canadian success in the pool by taking home bronze medals in the 100-metre breaststroke respectively.
“I think we really have a strong group of women, not just physically, but we’re really connected as a group”, said butterfly silver medallist Noemie Thomas of Richmond, B.C. “Even though we might not train in the same location we all have a common goal”.
Ellsworth said his head was still spinning thinking about winning world championship and Pan Am gold, though Stuart immediately knew what that accomplishment meant – especially doing it on home soil.
Cuban kayaker Yusamari Mengana became the first woman and second athlete to win three golds at the July 10-26 Games.
Canada has won men’s softball gold every time it has been contested: 1979, 1983, 1987, 1991, 1995, 1999, 2003 and now 2015.
“Our job is to ensure that we put her in the boat where she can be successful for herself and the team”, said Cookson.
Canada finished with eight gold, 10 silver and nine bronze in swimming competition, holding its own against powerful teams from the USA and Brazil. His excellent pitching was just what Canada needed for gold. “These fellas are part of history, and this team will go down as one of the best Canadian teams ever”.
Canada grabbed gold in an impressive race for the women’s pursuit.
Lee Parkhill of Oakville, Ont., won bronze in the men’s laser sailing, finishing the race with 12 points. The semifinals are Sunday, and the medal games are scheduled for Monday before the men’s tournament gets underway Tuesday.
Canada pulled away down the stretch, and when Tatham scored on a three-pointer with 1:12 to play, it brought the crowd to its feet and gave the Canadians a 14-point lead. Aaron Dornekamp and Carl English complete Canada’s roster for the Games, with competition in men’s basketball beginning July 21.