Coughlin stunned at Pan Ams; Canada rolling along

Wed Jul 15, 2015 1:22pm EDT
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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...

Jul 14, 2015; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Natalie Coughlin of the United States (left) , Chantal Van LAndeghem of Canada (middle) and Arianna Vanderpool-Wallace of the Bahamas on the podium after the women's 100m freestyle swimming final during the 2015 Pan Am Games at Pan Am Aquatics UTS Centre and Field House. Mandatory Credit: Rob Schumacher-USA TODAY Sports