Pan American Games | Day 2 - As it Happened

Highlights, results, and all the fun and Games from Day 2 at the Pan American Games in Lima.

By Ken Browne

Pan American Games 2019 highlights

Day 2 brought more medals, records and memes!

Here's how it all went down.

Come back for live streams and live blogs every day until the end of the competition.

Here's a schedule and everything else you need.

Sunday 28th July as it happened

11:03pm - Brazil win gymnastics team gold!

Brazil beat defending champs USA by 1.05 points in the team gymnastics event.

The final team scores were 250.450 for Brazil, 249.400 for the USA, Canada earned bronze with 246.725.

Led by the outstanding Arthur Zanetti, Brazil put in a podium topping performance.

Silver medallists at Toronto 2015, the Brazilians reversed the order here in Lima.

Mexico have a podium place within reach heading towards the final stages with 239.750, but Canada saw them off to claim the third step on the podium.

Brazil reclaimed the gold they won at Guadalajara 2011.

The canarinho 'Lord of the Rings' Arthur Zanetti took the highest score of the early stages with 15.000 on rings and Caio Souza and Arthur Nory both backed up the big star with fine showings on the parallel bars and the horizontal bar.

Brazil haven't been off the podium since Santo Domingo 2003.

10:50pm - Colombia are at it again

Another weightlifting gold, another Pan American record for the coffee makers!

This time it's Brayan Rodallegas in the 81kg category who lifted 161kg in the clean and jerk - a new Pan Am record.

8:53pm - U.S. men’s gymnastics title defense underway

The U.S. men, champions in Toronto 2015, were just .200 back of Brazil’s total on vault.

In the earlier session, the 2011 champions put up the score to beat: a 250.45 or a 13.913 average per routine. 2012 Olympic still rings champion Arthur Zanetti led the Brazilian effort earning the highest score of the day on any event: a 15.000 on his signature event.

8:05pm - Colombia weightlifting powerhouse

Colombia had an incredible record at Toronto 2015 winning 8 of 15 available gold medals, and they're looking to lead the way in Lima too.

It's another gold for 'los cafeteros' as Maria Camila Lobo tops the 59kg category.

7:25pm - Argentina knows how to celebrate

Win gold, sing a lot.

Argentina have this down.

6:47pm - The best Pan American Memes!

There have been a few cracking memes floating about the Peruvian interwaves.

Here is a small selection of the best:

  1. Run Gladys run! No one was going to catch Peru's marathon winner Gladys Tejeda on Day 1, not even Forrest Gump...
Run Gladys run!

2. Forrest couldn't catch her, and neither could Dragon Ball's Goku.. The caption reads 'Meanwhile Gladys Tejeda ... Her Courage is impressive'.

Dragon Ball's Goku gives up: 'Meanwhile Gladys Tejeda ... Her level of courage is impressive'

3. She's not going to stop is she?

Meanwhile Gladys Tejeda...

3. When they played the beloved Peruvian song 'El Arbolito' at the Opening ceremony, Peru could hardly contain itself:

When they play your favourite song at the biggest show on the continent.

Here's that song, 'El Arbolito', (The Little Tree) - a song that every Peruvian knows - by local crooners Grupo Nectar.

6:04pm - U.S. men’s gymnasts look for back-to-back gold

After last night’s massive women’s gymnastics gold medal win for Team USA, the U.S. men will look to defend their 2015 win here in Lima. But their young team of newcomers will face a powerful challenge from Brazil.

The U.S. men finished as the highest team from the Americas at last year’s World Championships, exactly 8.000 ahead of Brazil. But with the U.S. national championships a week-and-a-half away, Team USA has left stars like Sam Mikulak and Yul Moldauer home.

On the flip side, Brazil has brought their A-team to Peru with four of the five members of last year’s Worlds team, including 2012 Olympic champion Arthur Zanetti and 2016 Olympic medallist Arthur Nory. Brazil is underway currently in the first of two men’s gymnastics sessions and averaging a score of 13.75 through the first four events.

5:40pm - Artistic swimming

We're in for a sensational artistic swimming contest here at the Pan Ams with the best synchro swimming teams from across the continent training for tomorrow's prelims (Monday July 29) and for the medal event on Wednesday 31st.

Read our preview piece on how the USA team is dreaming big of Pan Am gold and Tokyo 2020.

There's only one Tokyo 2020 spot on the line here, and it's winner takes all.

The USA hasn't qualified for the Olympics in artistic swimming for 12 years, and will have to outperform favourites Mexico and Canada to make it to Tokyo here.

5:21pm - U.S. is "The team of the future" - Pokrovskaya

The Pan American Games is more than just a continental tournament for USA. It is a chance to revive their glory days in the sport.

USA artistic swimming squad is ‘team of the future’ according to world renowned Russian coach Tatiana Pokrovskaya.

Those were the days for the U.S. before Russia, China, and the Ukraine started dominating top of the podium. Back then it was USA and Canada blazing the trail, and it seems USA are back on the path to a golden future.

“I said from the beginning our goal was to make the world turn their heads to us,” said USA coach Andrea Fuentes who comes from Spain.

“And we did it. At the world championships even the Russians were congratulating us. The Russian coach said to me, ‘you are the team of the future’.”

Fuentes herself has a long history in artistic swimming. As a competitor she helped Spain create new and radical acrobatics such as the ‘bridge’ lift, whereby one swimmer dives over another who is lifted in a bridge position above the water. This helped them to claim silver behind Russia at the London 2012 Olympic Games, replicating their achievement at Beijing 2008.

Now she's implementing similar techniques with the USA: “They said, ‘wow, we are changing the technical team, they will be surprised’ and I said, ‘nobody remembers the choreography. Accept it. But our goal is for everybody to look at us in this competition’.

“This is the only way people can start to be scared of us. I’ve been at the top and they don’t look at you if you are in fifth place.”

After USA and Canada demonstrated artistic swimming at the first Pan American Games in Buenos Aires in 1951, USA won triple gold in the solo, duet and team events at its first official competition at the Mexico 1955 Pan American Games.

They continued to lead the way, along with Canada, at its inclusion for the first time at the FINA World Championships in Belgrade in 1973 and at its inaugural Olympic Games in Los Angeles in 1984. It was at the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games that Russia came to the fore and USA began its decline in the rankings.

Now they are hoping Lima 2019 will mark a reversal in fortunes as they set their sights on a return to the sport's summit.

5:09pm - Venezuela flexes its muscles

More weightlifting gold, more records and more wild celebrations for Venezuela.

Julio Mayora wins the second gold medal for the 'Vino Tinto' and breaks three Pan American records!

His 155kg snatch was a new Pan Am record and his 194 kilo clean and jerk was another PA record making his 349kg combined another record!

Watch the reaction in the stadium below.

Pure Latin American passion.

4:57pm - Canada's Tokyo launch pad

Canada's rugby 7's champ and team captain Kayla Moleschi spoke after their gold medal match victory against arch-rivals USA, sating this can be a good "launch pad" for Tokyo 2020.

“We knew what we had to do coming into this final, we hoped we’d face the USA and that's what we’d geared up for," she said.

“The Pan Ams is always a tough competition so to be able to come with a different squad that we had in Toronto in 2015 and win again is incredible. We had a few vets to lead the way, but the young girls stepped up to make it a memorable Pan Ams.

“We know the USA are a resilient team and we’ve had head-to-head battles with them before. But knowing that and knowing how we are, we’ve played resilient all weekend.”

So what's the secret of Canada’s success?

“People have made breaks on us and we’ve chased them down and kept those points off the board. Our whole team has been chasing back which shows our spirit and resilience. It’s been a pretty incredible performance all weekend supporting each other in attack and defense and that’s what led us to this gold. I am so incredibly proud of the girls, to be able to lead such an incredibly talented bunch of ladies. Their spirit and energy is what makes us the top.”

What is it like to win back-to-back gold medals at the Pan American Games?

“It’s a bit of a different team to what we had in 2015, but this speaks massive to what our talent and our depth chart is. People are putting their hands up for that Olympic spot that’s coming up next year and there will be a really good training squad back home in Victoria. It will be hard work, perseverance and determination that gets us through this year.”

The trail to the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games:

“There are two extra stops on the world series which is incredible for the women’s game. We are looking to add those stops on to show the world we are fit, ready and determined to show we are the best. This is a great launch pad for Tokyo.

“Our depth chart is huge, people are putting their hands up and we are going to do amazing things this year. The Pan American Games is just the first of it this year. We are looking for a lot more podium finishes before we get to Tokyo.”

4:31pm - Argentina win mens' rugby 7's

Argentina beat the defending champs in the men's rugby 7's final.

Canada scored the first try in seconds, but Argentina ran wild after that, scoring 5 tries to keep their distance for the rest of the match.

The final finished 33-10 in the blue-and-white's favour.

'Dale Campeon' ringing out at the Rugby Field Stadium.

The USA took bronze after a 24-19 victory over Brazil.

4:28 - Men's rugby 7's final underway

Canada's men are aiming to do the same as the women and defend their Toronto title against Argentina, it's started frantically, Canada scored the first try but Argentina have responded with two converted tries.

14-5 right now to the 'Albicelestes'...

And another!

Argentina on fire!

21-5 at the end of the first period.

Work to do for the Canucks.

4:24pm - When Lima was struck by lightning

We just found the plaque that commemorates the time when Bolt came to town.

The inscription reads "Commemorating the visit to the athletics track at the Videna national stadium by the fastest man in history - Usain Bolt".

When the fastest man in history comes to town, people tend to remember.

4:09pm - Canada Rugby 7's champs!

Canada's women have beaten the USA in the North American Clasico to retain their rugby 7's crown from Toronto 2015.

A hat-trick of tries from Asia Hogan-Rochester helped the maple leaves to a 24-10 victory.

Colombia took the women's bronze medal.

3:47pm - More Tokyo qualifiers!

Better get buying those Japanese phrasebooks.


Oh wait, that's Korean.

3:37pm - Rugby 7's final up next

It's defending champs Canada v Argentina in the final!

This is gonna be good...

The USA are playing Brazil for bronze right now.

3:10pm - Viva Venezuela!

Genesis Rodriguez lets out a roar after beating her own weightlifting record in the Women's 55kg event in the Coliseo Mariscal Caceres, Lima, Peru - July 28, 2019. Venezuela'sREUTERS/Guadalupe Pardo

2:49pm - Weightlifting record!

Venezuela's Genesis Rodriguez lifted 96kg in the snatch beating her own previous Pan Am record of 95kg, then lifted 116 in the clean and jerk to claim gold.

Big cheers from the Venezuelan contingent.

Rodriguez totalled 212kg, ahead of Colombia's Yenny Sinisterra on 204 and Mexican Ana Lopez Ferrer who lifted 202.

2:37pm - Mexico mountain bike double!

Jose Ulloa Arevola wasn't going to be shown up.

Daniela Campuzano flew the Mexican flag earlier when she won the women's mountain bike cross event, and Arevola has just matched her feat.

An impressive double from a very impressive Mexican showing so far.

2:22pm - Tokyo calling

Remember, many athletes are out to book safe passage to the Tokyo 2020 Olympics here in Lima with less than a year to go.

Cuba's Jorge Grau has claimed his berth after he won the 10m air pistol event.

The USA's Nick Mowrer can start practising his Japanese too, his silver medal takes him there too.

Here's what it means to him:

1:59pm - Cold in Lima?

While Europe sizzles in a heat wave, there's an inverse effect here in Lima, it's colder than usual with lows dropping to 12 and 13 degrees Celsius (54/55 Fahrenheit).

It's even colder when you get into the ice bath after training as the Mexican synchro team does.

We love the 'Frozen' blow up pool!

Ella and Anna must feel right at home.


Chillaxing by the pool. Mexico's synchro swim team relaxes their muscles after a training session at Lima 2019. Pic: Olympic Channel

1:52pm - Canoe sprint gold for Canada and Argentina

The men's K4 500m final went to Argentina with Cuba in silver and Mexico bronze earlier this morning.

Canada won their first gold medal of the Games in the women's K4 event, Mexico second, Argentina third.

1:33pm - Artistic skating vs Figure skating

Yesterday we saw some spectacular skating in Lima, Brazil's Bruna Wurts and Argentina's Gigi Soler wowed in the women's singles and Juan Francisco Sanchez was imperious in the men's event.

"It feels like I'm in heaven, flying, levitating."

- Juan Sanchez after winning gold

Olympic Channel's Lorena Encabo went behind the scenes here in Peru to explain the differences between artistic skating and figure skating.

Hint: One of them is roller skates.

Click here for the full video.

12:56pm - Taekwondo poomsae results

Mexico added to their impressive haul in the taekwondo poomsae mixed pairs final, Ana Ibanez and Leonardo Juarez victorious.

Silver went to Canada, bronze to Peru.

The team event gold was won by the USA.

12:47 - Hypnotic gymnastics?

Can hypnosis make you a better gymnast?

Brazil's Arthur Zanetti swears by it.

Look out for him competing later in the team gymnastics event.

12:46 - Gliding through Day 2 Like:

12:41pm - Gymnastics

The USA finished on a high by winning team gymnastics gold last night, sweeping every single discipline.

Today it's the men's turn, the medal will be decided later this evening.

Stay tuned

12:19 - Viva Mexico!

Mexico topped the medal table at the end of play yesterday with 15 podium finishes ahead of the USA's 12 and Brazil and Peru on 7.

The Mexicans have started explosively this morning too, Daniela Campuzano was pure gold in the BMX cross country at the Circuito Morro Solar.

“I wondered this week whether I was ready for the competition, and I was very nervous when I started today, but it didn’t take long for that to go," she said after a convincing victory.

“I have learned not to stress and just enjoy the racing and when I saw the opportunity to jump out in front of the pack early in that second lap [of six], I took it. 

“I beat very good competitors here today, and I am very proud of that.”

The challenge did come later in the race, particularly from Argentina's Sofia Gomez who rode to silver and Jacqueline Mourao who took bronze for Brazil.

I was thinking that I needed to widen the gap after the fourth lap," continued Campuzano.

“I wasn’t really worried about conceding a few seconds on that lap because I was feeling so good.

“My legs on the last hill on the last lap were burning, but when I hit the last downhill section I knew I would win the gold medal.”

“This is a special circuit, an incredible place for cyclists.”

12:03pm - "Golden Trio'

The local papers are celebrating Peru's three gold medals yesterday, the men's and women's marathon double saw Gladys Tejeda and Christhian Pacheco start the party in the streets, and squash hero Diego Elias later set off more fireworks when he won Peru's third gold of the day.

Peru like to style themselves 'the best fans in the world' - la mejor hincha del mundo! - and it's hard to argue having seen the support they've given to their athletes so far.

They should be even louder and prouder over the next few days during the Fiestas Patrias national celebrations.

Today on Peruvian TV - where there's 24-hour Lima 2019 coverage - they were savouring the moment and doubling the expectation.

The objective coming into the tournament was 20 medals, they're now talking about 40.

Peru's 'Golden Trio' heads up El Comercio newspaper

11:30am - Buenos dias and Happy Independence Day!

Good morning from Lima and where the traffic is calmer and the country is celebrating its Independence Day which dates back to 1821.

Feliz 28!

Lots of people are travelling with many on holidays until Wednesday.

The Peruvian flag is flying today on Google.

Google marks Per's Independence Day

What and who to watch out for on Day 2

What do football and Bob Marley’s daughter have in common?

More than you might imagine.

Cedella Marley rescued Jamaica's 'Reggae Girlz' from the abyss in 2014 after a lack of funding left them unable to compete, and in 2019 they qualified for the Women’s World Cup in France.

Now they're out to do some damage at the PanAm Games, they play Mexico at 10am in Peru (5pm CEST).

Keep one eye on the men's Modern Pentathlon final at 4pm (11pm CEST) too: Five tickets to Tokyo on the line.

Team USA won the women's gymnastics team event yesterday, who will take the men's event today?

That event starts at 8:30pm and should go on to about 10:30 / 11pm before a winner is crowned.

The men's K4 500m and women's K4 500m canoe sprint finals are medal events too, the men's final is at 9am and the women's at 11:45am.

Men's and women's BMX cross country happen today too, as do the rugby7's.

Shooting, squash, taekwondo, weightlifting:

There's something for everyone on Day 2 at Lima 2019.