U.S. win women's baseball; Uruguay claim soccer gold

Sun Jul 26, 2015 6:09pm EDT
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By Frank Pingue

TORONTO (Reuters) - The United States won the inaugural women's baseball competition at the Pan American Games on Sunday, while Uruguay beat defending champion Mexico in the men's soccer final on the closing day of competition.

Ecuador's Andres Chocho, who battled both laryngitis and a stomach problem over the last three weeks, led a Latin American sweep of the podium in the men's 50km walk as he crossed in a season-best three hours, 50 minutes and 13 seconds.

Guatemala's Erick Barrondo claimed silver while Mexico's Horacio Nava took bronze in steamy conditions.

"This is a reward for a long, long journey for many years of really hard work,” said Chocho.

"The heat was (a factor) for every one of us. I can handle it really well. I'm really happy to do that because I really like to compete in this kind of event."

The United States dominated the medals table, finishing first with 103 gold and 265 overall after 16 days of competition in 36 sports between countries from North America, Latin America, South America and the Caribbean.

Canada were second with 78 gold and 217 overall followed by Brazil with 41 gold and 141 total.

The U.S. women helped avenge their male counterparts' wild extra-innings loss to Canada in the men's baseball final by routing the hosts 11-3 for the gold medal.   Continued...

United States players celebrate on the field after defeating Canada in the women's baseball gold medal match during the 2015 Pan Am Games at Ajax Pan Am Ballpark. Mandatory Credit: Rob Schumacher-USA TODAY Sports