Dwyer sets Pan Am mark in 200 meters; siblings win four medals

Thu Jul 23, 2015 10:54pm EDT
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By Frank Pingue

TORONTO (Reuters) - Jamaican sprinter Rasheed Dwyer broke a 44-year-old Pan American Games record on Thursday, a Canadian brother and sister won a combined four medals and a sexagenarian qualified for the Rio Olympics in equestrian.

Ian Millar, a 68-year-old Canadian competing in his 10th consecutive Pan Am Games, led his country to a gold medal in team equestrian to give Canada an automatic berth in the 2016 Rio Olympics.

"We wanted this so badly for our team and our country," said Millar, who has also competed in a record 10 Summer Olympics.

"It's not necessarily the same team that will go to Rio next year, although I have a suspicion it might just be."

Dwyer qualified for Friday's men's 200 meters final in style as he broke the oldest Pan Am athletics record by crossing the line in 19.80, eclipsing the 19.86 posted by Jamaican Don Quarrie in 1971.

His time was also the third fastest non-wind assisted mark in the world this year. Only American Justin Gatlin, a four-times Olympics medalist, has gone faster.

Mexico's Brenda Flores also set a Pan Am record in the women's 10,000m final where she crossed the line in 32 minutes, 41.33 seconds, comfortably ahead of American Desiree Davila (silver) and Canada's Lanni Marchant (bronze).

In pole vault, Cuba's Yarisley Silva cleared 4.85m, the highest of any women this year, to win the gold. Brazil's Fabiana Murer grabbed silver while American Jenn Suhr, a favorite at next month's world championships, took bronze.   Continued...

Jul 23, 2015; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Rasheed Dwyer of Jamaica breaks a Pan Am Games record in the men’s athletics 200m semifinals during the 2015 Pan Am Games at CIBC Pan Am Athletics Stadium. Mandatory Credit: John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports