Coughlin stunned at Pan Ams; Canada rolling along
By Frank Pingue
TORONTO (Reuters) - Natalie Coughlin gave a jolt to the Pan American Games on Tuesday but the decorated U.S. swimmer suffered a surprising defeat while Cuba earned more kayaking gold.
Defending champion Canada then beat Cuba in a marquee baseball game to improve to 4-0 while Peruvian Francisco Boza Dibos, 50, qualified for his eighth Olympics by winning the men's trap shooting final.
Coughlin, a 12-times Olympic medalist, was expected to swim away with a gold medals in the women's 100m freestyle and 4x100 freestyle relay but she settled for silver in each.
The 32-year-old American set a Pan Am record during her 100 heat but was stunned by Canadian 20-year-old Chantal Van Landeghem in the final where her 53.83 pipped the Pan Am mark set earlier by Coughlin.
In the relay final, Coughlin began her anchor leg with a slim lead but could not hang on as Van Landeghem again denied the Americans.
After the race, Coughlin discussed her competitive future.
"I know I have a few years left in me. I love competing, and I want to keep representing my country," said Coughlin.
"But I need to be realistic. It's not going to happen forever. I just want to enjoy it and see what happens in the next year." Continued...