Cuban rowers defect, Canada still on top

Wed Jul 15, 2015 11:30pm EDT
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By Steve Keating

TORONTO (Reuters) - Four Cuban rowers ended their Pan American Games by defecting to the United States on Wednesday while a wave of support continued to carry Canada to the top of the podium at the pool and on the rowing course.

With the Henley rowing venue just a few kilometers from the U.S., Leosmel Ramos, Wilber Turro, Manuel Suarez and Orlando Sotolongo all made the short trip to the border but at different times according to the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.

Gymnasts Jossimar Calvo Moreno of Colombia and Canadian Ellie Black turned the attention back to the sports as they signed off with a Games' high five medals.

Disappointed at not being able to successfully defend his all-around crown, Moreno added apparatus gold on the parallel bars and horizontal bar on Wednesday to the pommel horse gold and two bronzes he won in the individual all-around and team competitions earlier.

"From the time I came here, I came with the mindset of writing history individually and as a group," said Moreno, who won the all-around title at the 2011 games aged 17. "Its been a long process but we came here and we did it.

"The group won a medal and it's the first time Colombia has a medal as a team."

Black also struck double gold on the beam and floor on the final day of the gymnastic competition to go along with gold in the all-around, silver in the team and bronze on the vault.

The U.S. swim team got their first gold of the Games with Olympic champion Allison Schmitt storming to victory in the 200 meters freestyle.   Continued...

Megan Skaggs of the United States (left) , Ellie Black of Canada (middle) and Victoria Woo of Canada (right) pose on the podium after the women's gymnastics balance beam final during the 2015 Pan Am Games at Toronto Coliseum. Matt Detrich-USA TODAY Sports