Canada in Pan Am driver's seat
By Frank Pingue
TORONTO (Reuters) - Canada's remarkable start to the Pan American Games continued on Monday while Cuban kayaker Jorge Garcia brought his gold medal haul to three and Mexico showcased their diving prowess.
Colombia also enjoyed more success in roller speed skating during the third day of competition at the two-week multi-sport event featuring countries from across Latin America, South America, the Caribbean and North America.
But it was hosts Canada that again commanded the spotlight with a 17-medal day that included two golds in rowing and one each in women's all around gymnastics, canoeing, diving, shooting and judo.
With 17 gold, 14 silver and 10 bronze, Canada, who set an ambitious goal of a top-two finish, lead all nations in both gold and overall medals.
The United States, who have dominated the Pan Am medal table at every Games since 1955, are second with 36 medals (12 gold), followed by Cuba and Colombia who each have 10 gold medals and 26 in total.
Gymnast Ellie Black won the most unlikely gold medal of the day for the hosts as she overtook American Madison Desch to win Canada's first gymnastics gold medal at the 2015 Games.
Black's triumph was a blow to a U.S. team that had topped the podium in every artistic gymnastics competition in Toronto, including the men's all around title earlier on Monday.
"To come here in front of the home crowd, to be able to hit my best competition, I think ever, is unreal," said Black. "This is probably one of the best for me, I can't even believe it." Continued...