U.S., temperatures and ticket sales on Pan Am rise

Sun Jul 19, 2015 11:47pm EDT
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By Steve Keating

TORONTO (Reuters) - The heat and the United States charge up the Pan American Games medal table both continued on Sunday, as officials celebrated a victory by surpassing the one million tickets sold mark.

The United States, who passed Canada on the medal table on Saturday, padded their lead by adding eight gold medals to push their total to 59 and 160 overall as the hosts settled into second on 54 gold and 142 overall medals.

Brazil are third followed by Colombia, who surged past Cuba and Mexico into fourth courtesy of three gold medals on the golf course.

Having spent the first week of the July 10-26 multi-sport fest leading the medal standings, Canada gave locals plenty of reason to open their wallets and come out and cheer.

The Americans, however, cashed in on Sunday striking triple gold at the canoeing venue and double gold in rhythmic gymnastics and equestrian eventing.

With temperatures again nudging into the mid-30s Celsius (95 Fahrenheit), Canada got the day off to a sizzling start with Evan Dunfee winning the men's 20km race walk ahead of compatriot Inaki Gomez while Mexico's Maria Gonzalez took the women's title.

No athlete was hotter, however, than American Laura Zeng who added hoop and ball apparatus gold to her all-around rhythmic gymnastics crown.

The 15-year-old could add two more titles to her haul on Monday with the club and ribbon finals.   Continued...

Jul 19, 2015; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Laura Zeng of the United States celebrates winning the gold medal in the rhythmic gymnastics ball final during during the 2015 Pan Am Games at Toronto Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Eric Bolte-USA TODAY Sports