Twenty-four hours after being shifted from the first to the eighth position, Emily Overholt made the reverse journey on Friday night to the highest step of the podium at the Pan American Games.
Disqualified the day before because of a non-simultaneous contact in the final of the 400 IM meters, West Vancouver swimmer won the gold medal in the 400 meters freestyle, and with panache. Overholt has negotiated the distance in 4: 08.42, a Pan American record, and beat Andreina Pinto of Venezuela by 25 hundredths of a second.
There was no indication necessarily predict such a scenario to Overholt. Some ten hours earlier, she had posted a time of 4: 18.21 in qualifying, the worst time among the eight swimmers admitted to the final. His time had left to include more than six seconds from the American Kiera Janzen, who had to settle for fifth place in the final.
“Yesterday (Thursday) broke my heart, and I really wanted to win to compensate, said Overholt. I’m so happy right now. ”
This spectacular performance was perhaps inspired his compatriot Ryan Cochrane. Fifteen minutes after Overholt, Cochrane has also won the final of the 400 meters freestyle in 3: 48.29, another Pan American record. Cochrane beat American Ryan Feeley by 1.4 seconds.
Canadian swimmers added two bronze medals in the men’s and women’s 100 meters breaststroke events. Rachel Nicol has stopped the clock at 1: 07.91, over a second of the American Katie Meili, gold medalist. Tera Van Beilen (1: 08.22), another Canadian was fourth. In men, Richard Funk achieved a time of 1: 00.29, which was enough to get the bronze.
These performances, and those of Canadian wrestlers, came to give some luster to a day ahead rather ordinary.
Montrealer Dorothy Yeats easily beat Maria Acosta, Venezuela, 13-2 in the final of less than 69 kg. About 30 minutes earlier, Ontario’s Braxton Stone had the best 7-3 on the Cuban Katerina Vidiaux final of 63 kilos.
The American Adeline Gray however prevented the Canadians to complete a hat-trick of gold when she won narrowly, 7-6, against Justina Distasio, in the under 75 kg.
Canada has also collected a bronze medal Haislan Garcia beat the Colombian Hernan Guzman by a score of 2-0 in the under 65 kg.
Earlier Friday, Canada had delivered another solid performance at the velodrome while his female quartet had won the gold medal in the team pursuit.
The group formed Allison Beveridge of Laura Brown, Jasmine Glaesser Kirsti Lay and completed the race in 4: 19.664 – a Pan American record – and beat the Americans by almost seven seconds.
Monique Sullivan chained placing first in keirin before Lisandra Guerra of Cuba. For Sullivan, this is a second gold medal since the Games began. Thursday, she had contributed to the Canadian triumph at the team sprint.
Canada has two medals gleaned in squash, a gold thanks to the men as a team, and a silver with its women’s squad. In men, Canada, led by Andrew Schnell and Shawn Delierre, defeated Mexico. On the women’s side, the Canadians lost the final to the United States.
Canada’s first medal of the day had gone to Quebec shooter Michel Dion, who took third place in the rifle 50 m lying down. Dion finished behind Brazilian Cassio Cesar Rippel and American Michael McPhail.
After a full week of competition, Canada totaling 110 medals, four fewer than the United States. Canadian athletes retain their dominance in terms of gold medals with 45, compared to 40 for the United States.