Pan American Games | Day 3 - As it happened

Highlights, results, and all the fun and Games from Day 3 at the Pan American Games in Lima.

By Ken Browne

Pan American Games 2019 highlights

Day 3 at the 2019 Pan American Games in Lima was popping with sporting joy and you can relive it all right here.

Highlights on the third day of action included Canada’s Ellie Black retaining her all-around artistic gymnastics crown for Canada and a Brazil 1-2 in the men’s event.

Our behind-the-scenes coverage of artistic swimming gives you the secret of shellacked-back hair, USA did a 3x3 basketball double, and a Peruvian military dog dressed as the Terminator was on parade during the national ‘Fiestas Patrias’.

Meet the adorable 'Agent Chato' and the Pan Am Paw Patrol below. (You might have to scroll down a bit - ok, a lot)

Here's how Day 3 went down.

Come back for live streams and live blogs every day until the end of the competition on August 11.

Here's a schedule and everything else you need.

11:12pm - One-two finish for Brazil in men's gymnastics

One night after striking gold in the men's team competition, Brazil has again topped the standings in men's gymnastics with Caio Souza and Arthur Mariano taking gold and silver in the men's all-around.

Canada's Cory Patterson was the bronze medalist.

Read more here.

The men's all-around medalists pose in Lima. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

10:30pm - Weighlifting gold for USA!

Wesley Kitts lifted 389kg combined to make the top perch on the podium his own in the 109kg event.

The final medal of the day gave us a photo finish as Venezuela's Jesus Gonzalez ended up just 1 kilo off the gold medallist's tally.

Ecuador's Jorge Arroyo brings home bronze having lifted 385 overall.

9:45pm - Canada top tech routine

It was Mexico, Canada, USA, after the artistic swimming technical - just like the podium at Toronto 2015.

Defending champs Canada scored 88.9398 to top the table, Mexico were second with 86.2910 and the USA are within reach on 84.1447.

Olympic Channel caught up with Team Canada's Claudia Holzner and Rebecca Harrower post performance.

"Ya, it was a very calm swim for us," began Holzner, "we've been building throughout the year, it's a new team, so we've been building throughout, doing a lot of competition, so it's very exciting for us to be in first place with a little bit of a gap, so we're looking forward to Wednesday."

"After Korea - we were in the world championships a week ago,and we placed really well there, so I think that does build our confidence going into the Games," Harrower affirms.

Team Canada's technical routine left them in pole position ahead of Wednesday's final at Lima 2019 . (Photo by Buda Mendes/Getty Images)

And on Wednesday what's the approach?

Holzner: "I think it's just a fresh start, going out there and having fun and showing what we're made of."

Harrower: "Ya, it's a really powerful, strong routine, we wanna show our new highlights and really throw her high!"

The Canadians are loving the atmosphere here at the Peruvian Pan Ams:

"Oh it's packed, it's great," "it's so much fun," says Harrower until Holzner takes over: "we've been really feeding off of their energy, it's been great."

9:27pm - "Our best swim ever"

USA's artistic swim hopefuls were very pleased with their team technical routine in the Lima Aquatic centre.

"It was very good, it was our best swim that we've ever swum, this routine," said a beaming Emma Tchakmakjian of Team USA to Olympic Channel afterwards.

"Our coaches told us, when you go out there this is going to be your best swim and we did it."

"In the water we were all just together the whole time riding each other's energy, being aware of each other, what everyone was doing, so we were all united which was great," added Tchakmakjian's teammate Lindi Schroeder.

"Our best swim ever" -Emma Tchakmakjian and Linda Schroeder of the U.S. artistic swim team after their technical routine on Monday night in Lima. Pic: Olympic Channel

Robot dance

The synchronised swimmers will have a day off tomorrow then will break out their famous 'robot dance' for the team final on Wednesday 31 July.

How are they feeling about it?

"Really excited, it's our favourite routine, it's the crowd's favourite, really excited to get everyone cheering for it and doing the choreography how it is - robot style!" Tchakmakjian tells us.

"Just really proud to show the new innovative dance moves that we're doing," adds Schroeder, "so it's always really exciting to perform."

The U.S. have a lot of support from the stands here in Lima and are being cheered on at every step.

"It was good, a lot of our parents were there," says Schroeder.

So how will they prepare for Wednesday, any final tweaks to the robot routine?

"There's always improvements just in precisioning counts and patterns, and height and all those little things, there's no big changes to choreography we need to make, so it's just tightening things up and making everything really consistent."

The artistic finals happen on Wednesday: The duet free routine at midday and the team free in the evening session at 8:30pm.

7:42pm - Peru: Latin America's Hawaii?

It's fitting that surfing makes its Pan American debut here in Lima.

Surf isn't just a sport in Peru, it's a way of life and is often called 'the Hawaii of Latin America'.

Surfing - which will also debut at Tokyo 2020 less than a year from now - brought some spectacular action at Punta Rocas beach in Lima on a big day for the sport.

U.S. surfer Kevin Schulz and Canada's Cody Young made history on Monday as the first ever Pan Am surf competitors.

Young won this North American duel scoring 10.43 to Schulz's 7.50 at Punta Rocas, a reef break located about 60km (38 miles) south of the Peruvian capital of Lima.

Peruvian boarders Luca Mesinas and Daniella Rosas delighted the local crowds by winning their duels to put themselves in a good position to progress to the next rounds.

Two surfers can qualify for Tokyo 2020 at the 2019 Pan American Games.

The top man and top woman who haven't yet qualified for Tokyo will get a spot, but the top finishers from the Pan Ams won't be confirmed until May 2020.

“It’s crazy. I don’t usually like to be first heat of the day," said 20-year-old Young who often catches waves with his friend and rival today Schulz.

"If you ask a lot of surfers it’s not their favorite thing, but now that I think about it, it’s pretty insane that I get to do it for this event,” Young told The Associated Press.

“The first heat ever of the Pan American Games for surfing, and to win it, it means the world.”

But it isn't over yet for Schulz who will have another chance to compete for a spot in the final against other surfers who scored highly but failed to win their heats.

“It was a pretty cool experience. Obviously it’s hard to have a heat with one of your good friends early on and I didn’t win that heat. But it was a good experience and I’m not done yet. I have more heats coming up and I’m excited,” said Schulz.

“Regardless of how I turned out, it’s a huge honor to represent my country.”

The waves were small at Punta Rocas today but some monsters are expected later in the week, up to 15 feet - twice as big as today, which will suit the big wave surfer Schulz.

“Going into the next rounds I just need to focus on putting myself into the best waves possible and I should win,” Schulz said. “I know I can go all the way to the final and win the gold.”

7:23pm - Hockey Day 1

Women's hockey preliminaries began today in Lima and hockey fans flocked to the Complejo Deportivo Villa Maria Del Triunfo on the opening day of the sport's competition.

The first three matches all ended in shutouts. Argentina defeated Uruguay 2-0, the United States beat Mexico 5-0 and Canada cruised past Cuba 10-0.

Canada's Rachel Donahoe, making her first Pan Am appearance, says “We came out with a purpose and we executed our game plan. I think there are some things we will tune for tomorrow, to come out harder in order to become more relentless next game.”

The stakes are high as the winners of the tournament in Lima automatically qualify for Tokyo 2020.

Speaking on the chances to clinch a berth in Japan, Canada’s Natalie Sourisseau says “We have two chances, we have another event after Pan Am in October. Anything can happen in a tournament like this. There are very strong teams here but we are confident in our preparation.” 

“We really just want to use this opportunity that’s presented in this tournament and give it all that we have.“ 

Women's hockey made its Pan American Games debut in 1987 and since 1999 has served as an Olympics qualifying event.

The men's tournament, which entered the Pan American program in 1967, begins on Tuesday. The winner of the men's tournament also qualifies for next summer's Olympics.

7:06pm - Guess who won the men's 96kg weightlifting?

You got it!

Colombia - the coffee makers are on fire again in the Mariscal Caceres Coliseum, this time it's Jhonatan Rivas Mosquera on the summit of the podium after lifting a combined 385kg in the 96kg category.

Canada's Robert Boady was just 1kg off the winner but takes home a silver lining, and Venezuela's Keydomar Vallanilla finished on 374 for bronze.

Equador's Neisi Dajomes won gold in the 76kg women's category with Mexico's Aremi Fuentes second and the USA's Katherine Nye making the podium in third.

The Men's 109kg battle of the big units is up next as the final weightlifting event of the day.

That's on at 7:30pm Lima time.

6:25pm - Colombia is a weightlifting machine

The latest Colombian to lift a gold medal and a new Pan American record is Mercedes Perez.

The weightlifting -64kg finals took place at the Escuela Militar Chorrillos venue and after two hours of performance, strategies and heavy liftings, Mercedes Pérez from Colombia won the gold medal.

Mathlynn "Mattie" Sasser of the United States took the silver and the Ecuadorian Angie Palacios earned bronze.

Both Pérez and Sasser set a new Pan American record of 130kg at the clean and jerk, one kilogram more than the previous mark held by Sasser.

"It's my first competition where I have to compete with real tough girls. Today's performance was really tight and made the Colombian girl equalize my record", says Sasser.

"I'm just doing my work and working hard to get it. I did what I expected. Today I was thinking just to have a good tournament, and that lead me to the podium and I'm really excited," described the athlete who scores a total of 232kg, three kilograms less than the champion and four more than Palacios.

Sasser becomes the first athlete to gain a medal in Pan American Games, Asian Indoor Games, and Pacific Games. She reaches the feat on the 20th anniversary of women first competing in weightlifting at the Pan American Games.

"I think it was very good. This is my first Pan Ams with my team US and I'm really happy to be here and really proud. Everything is going very good, I've always wanted to represent US and it's a dream come true, this is my country," explained Sasser, who changed to the USA from Marshall Islands, where her father is the General Secretary of the NOC.

She had competed for the Marshall Islands several times and was the flag bearer at Rio 2016.

6:13pm - Mission impossible?

There's only one Tokyo 2020 place up for grabs in artistic swimming here at Lima 2019, can the USA win and get back to the Olympics and their glory days?

5:47pm - The secret to slick synchro swim hair

Ever wondered why artistic swimmers' hair always looks so shellack-back perfect?

Knox gelatin.

That's the secret. Its a powder that turns into a stiff gel when mixed with hot water.

It's being applied below to the U.S. team.

As you can see, preparations are underway already for synchronised swimming even though the team technical routines doesn't start until 8:30pm - about two and a half hours away.

Knox gelatin: the secret to perfect synchro swim hair.
Two and a half hours before a performance the U.S. artistic team is already preparing. The price of perfection.

5:04pm - Lima 2019 Legacy: "A new era"

OK, it's a bit early to be talking about legacy, but there's a very interesting article in El Comercio's business pull-out Dial today about how the Games can have a positive influence on Peru's future development.

'The Games to Grow Infastructure' reads headline, it speaks of how new types of contracts given out to get construction done for the Pan American Games could improve similar projects in the future.

"A new era," reads the sub-heading, "After the delivery of the beginning of the Pan American Games, the government plans changes to public work contracts to improve on time and efficiency."

Peru introduced 'NEC' contracts for Lima 2019 projects that simplified the legalities and allowed changes to happen without having to go through the state contract law process which can result in lengthy delays.

Now the government is looking to expand this model to public contracts after the successful delivery of construction and other works for the Pan American Games.

Public works in transport, health, sanitation, education, energy and more look set to benefit.

Just one element of the positive legacy that the Games can leave behind.


4:54pm - Olympic qualification claxon!

Team Canada took the gold medal in dressage meaning we'll see them at Tokyo 2020.

United States won the silver medal but as they had already qualified, Brazil book their Tokyo tickets by winning bronze.

See you in Tokyo!

4:34pm - Pan Am Paw Patrol

Today we saw celebrations for Peruvian Independence day featuring military dogs on parade, they starred on Peru's social media today (scroll down).


These three couldn't join the festivities because they're on Pan Am Paw Patrol...

Cuteness on duty. Pic: Olympic Channel

4:10pm - "Awesome!"

So what's it like to win gold in Peru Ellie Black?

“It is awesome. I really just wanted to enjoy it today and wanted to fix some things from my routines from day one [and] just continue to build towards the world championships [in Stuttgart, Germany, in October].”

“Vault and bars were really strong for me. I was really happy with those. On beam I was able to fix up one little mistake that I had made during the qualifications. On floor I had kind of a little ‘oopsie’ as I landed outside of the floor when I landed one of my tumbles.”

How does winning the Lima 2019 title compared to the all-around gold she won at the Toronto 2015 Pan American Games?

“Toronto was incredible because it was at home, in front of everyone. It wasn’t necessarily my goal coming out here to win a gold medal, but I think it is something special to be able to come back and do it again for Canada.”

The face you make when you win back-to-back Pan American all-around gold medals. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

3:43pm - Black wins all-around!

Canada's Ellie Black takes Lima 2019 artistic gymnastics all-around gold, defending her Toronto 2015 title!

Black wins by 0.125 over USA's Riley McCusker in a thrilling finale.

The Canadian finished on 55.250, McCusker on 55.125.

Bronze goes to Brazil's Flavia Saraiva who scored 54.350, USA's Kara Eaker finished just outside the medals with 53.750.

Campeones! Riley Mc Cusker of The United States, Elsabeth Black of Canada and Flavia Saraiva of Brazil stand in the podium of Women's gymnastics Individual All-Around on Day 3 of Lima 2019 Pan American Games on July 29, 2019 in Lima, Peru. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

3:25pm - Argentina basketball favourites at Lima 2019

With the 3x3 done and won, basketball fans turn their attention to the 5's coming up on Wednesday.

The USA may have swept the 3x3 events, but many see Argentina as favourites in the men's 5x5s.

It's been almost a quarter of a century since Argentina won Pan American Games men’s basketball gold, but that streak is expected to end by the time the curtain comes down on Lima 2019.

Led by the experienced Luis Scola, Argentina's team is solid from top to bottom and will use the Pan American Games as part of its preparation for next month's FIBA World Cup in China.

At 39 years of age, 2004 Olympic gold medallist Scola still has a lot to give on the international stage.

Defending champion Brazil would have been Argentina's strongest challenger, but the Brazilians did not qualify for the Lima Games, leaving Argentina with a golden chance to win their first Pan American gold since 1985.

But assumptions are alwys dangerous with the United States around.

The USA, which has won this competition a record eight times, is seeking its first men's basketball gold at the Pan American Games since the 1983 team that featured hoops legend and two-time Olympic champ Michael Jordan.

This USA roster was chosen from a pool of student athletes entirely from the university-level BIG EAST Conference. It will be the first time a single Division I conference will represent USA men's basketball.

Canada went all-in four years ago at the Toronto 2015 Pan American Games - when they took silver behind Brazil - but the Canucks decided to sit this one out as the national team prepares for the world cup.

The other teams in the eight team competition are Mexico, the Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, Uruguay, Dominican Republic and Venezuela.

Scola, still going strong, played more than 700 games in the National Basketball Association and played in China last season.

But he is not the only Argentine expected to showcase his talents when basketball takes place between 31 July - 4 August at Coliseo Eduardo Dibos.

Nicolas Laprovittola and Facundo Campazzo are two of the top players for Real Madrid in Spain’s top league, Liga ACB. 

Laprovittola won the league’s Most Valuable Player (MVP) award this past season, while Campazzo took the award as the play off MVP.

Nicolas Brussino is another veteran who will be relied on. He played 58 games in the NBA for Dallas and Atlanta and was with Zaragova of Spain's top league last season. At 2.03 meters, he will play as a small forward.

More than half the Argentine roster plays professionally in Europe, and to leave Lima for the world cup in China without gold hanging around the players’ necks would be seen as a blow to the program.

“We have to fight for a medal because of the history of Argentina,’’ said Brussino. “The talent, the attitude, the desire and the commitment of this team makes us deserve to be on the podium.”

“We have a lot of talent. We have the mix between the youngest and the veterans that is needed, and we also have lot of desire. Although we still feel there are flaws to correct, the individual talent so far has solved it. But we have to improve so that our talent does not just solve the flaws, but serves to enhance the team's game.”

Men's basketball starts Wednesday 31 July, and goes on for five days until the final on Sunday 4 August.

The women's 5s run from August 6 - 10.

3:15 - History for Peru!

Natalia Cuglievan gives Peru their 4th gold of the Games - the most they have ever won in Pan Am history - in the water ski figure final.

Peru has even more to celebrate!

USA's Erika Lang skiis to silver.

3:06 - Black error opens door for McCusker

Ellie Black just landed a tumbling pass outside the area, can McCusker capitalise?

This is going to be very close...

2:37pm - Black forced to wait, delivers on the balance beam

2015 Pan Am Games all-around gold medallist Ellie Black of Canada was forced to wait so long before her balance beam routine that she got off the podium to perform some of her leaps and tumbling elements in order to stay warm.

But the wait didn't seem to bother the six-time Canadian champion who delivered an incredibly solid routine after falling in Saturday's team competition for a 13.900. Nearly a full mark ahead of her qualifying score.

With a more than 1.000 lead going in the final rotation, it'll be in her hands to defend the title.

2:23pm - USA 3x3 Basketball double!

USA wins men's and women's 3x3 basketball finals!

The women defeated Argentina 21-17 to win their first ever 3x3 basketball gold at the Pan American Games.

The men topped Puerto Rico 21-19.

Sabrina Ionescu and Ruth Hebard led the way for the women with 7 points each in the final, here's what Hebard had to say after the final:

“Yes it feels very good and any time you win a medal for your country it is special.”

When asked whether the Lima 2019 tournament will help raise the profile 3x3 basketball in the USA she said:

“I sure hope so. That would be nice. We are not used to getting attention so hopefully this will help.”

1:45pm - McCusker misses on uneven bars

Riley McCusker has had two impressive all-around competitions in a row. First a week ago at the U.S. Classic in Louisville, where her 57.900 total in the all-around was second only to four-time Olympic champion Simone Biles.

Then, two days in Lima, she led her team and the women's all-around qualification standings with an impressive 57.050.

A favorite in tonight's competition, she missed the bar on one of her catch-and-a-release moves on the uneven bars.

The fall cost her a 1.000 deduction. She scored nearly 2.000 lower than in Saturday's team competition, opening the door for teammate Kara Eaker or Canada's Ellie Black.

Gold medallist Morgan Hurd (C) of the United States celebrates with silver medalist Ellie Black (L) of Canada and bronze medalist Asuka Teramoto of Japan at the award ceremony for the Women’s competition during the FIG Artistic Gymnastics All-Around World Cup Tokyo at Musashino Forest Sport Plaza on April 7, 2019 in Chofu, Tokyo, Japan. (Photo by Kiyoshi Ota/Getty Images)

1:09pm - Women's all-around crown up for grabs

The women's all-around final is about to get underway in Lima. Defending champion Ellie Black of Canada, along with U.S.'s Riley McCusker and Kara Eaker begin their quest on the vault.

USA's Kara Eaker soars on Day 1  at the Villa El Salvador Sports Center. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

12:55pm - Waterski gold!

Big celebrations for the Dominican Republic after securing gold in the waterski event.

Robert Pigozzi the Dominican hero of the hour.

12:06 - Pooch parade watch

Independence Day brings out the best Peru's pet dogs too:

'Because Peru's dogs celebrate fiestas patrias too ha', reads the caption.

12:02pm - Peru gold medallists on parade

Gladys Tejeda, Cristhian Pacheco and Diego Elias are the pride of Peru after their gold medal wins in marathon and squash, they form part of the parade for the 'Fiestas Patrias' today marking Peruvian Independence Day.

11:58am - Basketball 3x3 finals

The 3x3 finals are coming up soon:

Women's final:

USA v Argentina 1pm

Men's final:

USA v Puerto Rico 1:30pm

Rubs hands excitedly.

11:50am - Basketball: Look who's in Lima!

Luis Scola was part of Argentina's Golden Generation that beat the USA Dream Team and won gold at Athens 2004.

If you've never seen the 'Golden Generation' documentary then do so, it's one of the best you'll ever watch.

Here it is, in full and free:

11:48am - Brazil take triathlon gold

Brazil finish first in the mixed teams triathlon, Canada silver and Mexico bronze.

11:06am - Isaquias Queiroz wins gold!

Isaquias Queiroz powered home in 1min 49.093secs at Albufera de Medio Mundo.

Queiroz became the first Brazilian to win three medals at one Olympic Games at Rio 2016 when he won two silvers and a bronze.

The 25-year-old has that elusive gold is in his sights at Tokyo 2020.

Cuba's Fernando Jorge finished a fraction behind in second on 1:49.144, Canada's Drew Hodges bags a bronze with 1:55.501.

11am - First gold medal of the day

The canoes sprints got an early start today and we've already had a couple of gold medals.

In the K1 1000m Argentina's Agustin Vernice was first past the post.

Here's how it finished:

  1. Agustin Vernice ARG 1min 42.008sec
  2. Marshall Hughes CAN 1:47.677
  3. Vagner Souta BRA 1:45.600

10:40am - Dog parade

I didn't realise they were being serious about the dogs taking part in the military parade.

Meet the adorable 'Agent Chato'.

10:29am - The sport

Ah yes, of course, they're doing the sport today too.

All of it.

The USA took over at the top of the medal table yesterday from Mexico, can they stay there today?

10:14am - Independence day 2 of fiestas

It was 'feliz 28' of July yesterday for Independence Day here in Peru and the party has carried on to today.

There's a colourful parade salsaing its way through the streets of Lima as we speak.

Peruvian pride levels are off the scales between success at the Pan Am Games and the 'Fiestas Patrias' national celebrations.

These fiestas are a time for many Peruvians living abroad to come home, and many are travelling too.

Machu Picchu will be packed these few days!

The Peruvian flag has been projected on the tallest building in the world!

Dubai is helping Peru celebrate with the flag on the Burj Khalifa building, an architectural wonder that's over 828m tall and holds 10 world records.

10am - Just bring out the cute dogs!!

Karen Daniela couldn't care less about the military parade, she's here for the poochies!

"Me in every Independence Day Parade:

"What time are the dogs coming?"

Peru's 'Fiestas Patrias' is a festival of colours and cultures:

Who and what to watch out for on Day 3

Shooting: Imagine going to six different Olympic Games and winning six medals.

That's exactly what Kimberley Rhode has achieved for Team USA and she can qualify for a 7th Games at Tokyo 2020 in Lima on Sunday.

Rhode will set her sights on a 5th Pan Ams gold medal in the women's trap final from 1pm to 1:45pm (8 to 8:45pm CEST).

Men's and women's individual all-around events will feature Olympic gold medallist Arthur Zanetti who led Brazil to team gold in gymnastics last night, and Morgan Hurd who was key to the USA's team gold medal the night before.

And the USA artistic swim team will be in action for the first time today presenting their technical routine. The free routine is scheduled for Wednesday. Only the winner of the competition will qualify for Tokyo 2020. Can these young hopefuls clinch a spot at the Games next year?

We have gone behind the scenes to document their progress over the last few months. You can relive their emotional journey in three exciting episodes.

Medals will be won in water skiing, weightlifting, dressage, mixed team triathlon, taekwondo heavyweights, canoe sprints and 3x3 basketball finals.

And you can follow it all right here.