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Jul 26, 2015

Games-As Pan Am Games near end, Toronto ponders Olympic bid

TORONTO, July 25 (Reuters) – Canada was putting a golden finish on the Pan American Games by winning five events on Saturday but with one day to go officials were casting an eye at a bigger prize — a possible bid for the 2024 Olympics.

Emboldened by a Pan Am Games that has seen Canada post record medal totals and win positive reviews for a well-organised and entertaining competition, Canadian Olympic Committee (COC) president Marcel Aubut told host broadcaster CBC that he will, “absolutely lead and advocate with the whole power of my office that Toronto becomes the host city for 2024 Olympic Games.”

Jul 25, 2015

U.S. go for Pan Am gold, look for Olympic home run

AJAX, Ontario (Reuters) – After the United States lost the softball gold to Japan at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, Laura Berg and four teammates placed their cleats on home plate and walked away knowing they would never play again.

It was a symbolic gesture in more ways than one. The game would also be the last played on an Olympic diamond, the sport soon afterwards dropped from the Summer Games program.

Jul 25, 2015

Games-U.S. go for Pan Am gold, look for Olympic home run

AJAX, Ontario, July 25 (Reuters) – After the United States lost the softball gold to Japan at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, Laura Berg and four teammates placed their cleats on home plate and walked away knowing they would never play again.

It was a symbolic gesture in more ways than one. The game would also be the last played on an Olympic diamond, the sport soon afterwards dropped from the Summer Games program.

Jul 24, 2015

Debt paid in gold, Warner looks ahead to worlds

TORONTO (Reuters) – Decathlete Damian Warner paid back his family and friends for their support in Pan American Games gold on Thursday, but the price may have been steep, the Canadian gambling with a podium finish at the world championships.

For Warner, who grew up two hours from the Pan Am stadium, the considerable risk was worth the reward, a Games gold on home soil in front of his mom to hang alongside the Commonwealth Games gold he won last year.

Jul 24, 2015

Games-Debt paid in gold, Warner looks ahead to worlds

TORONTO, July 23 (Reuters) – Decathlete Damian Warner paid back his family and friends for their support in Pan American Games gold on Thursday, but the price may have been steep, the Canadian gambling with a podium finish at the world championships.

For Warner, who grew up two hours from the Pan Am stadium, the considerable risk was worth the reward, a Games gold on home soil in front of his mom to hang alongside the Commonwealth Games gold he won last year.

Jul 23, 2015

De Grasse delivers golden introduction with Pan Am win

TORONTO (Reuters) – Andre De Grasse introduced himself as Canada’s next great sprinting hope on Wednesday, powering his way to Pan American Games 100 meters gold.

De Grasse’s winning time of 10.05 will not have sent shivers through Usain Bolt or Justin Gatlin but the powerful surge that carried the 20-year-old to victory will surely get their attention.

Jul 23, 2015

Games-De Grasse delivers golden introduction with Pan Am win

TORONTO, July 22 (Reuters) – Andre De Grasse introduced himself as Canada’s next great sprinting hope on Wednesday, powering his way to Pan American Games 100 metres gold.

De Grasse’s winning time of 10.05 will not have sent shivers through Usain Bolt or Justin Gatlin but the powerful surge that carried the 20-year-old to victory will surely get their attention.

Jul 22, 2015

Car parks to Copacabana, life’s a beach for volleyballers

TORONTO (Reuters) – Winning Pan American Games medals in a soccer stadium car park was still a thrill for Brazilian beach volleyballers on Tuesday but the dream of playing at next year’s Rio Olympics on the sacred sands of Copacabana remains the ultimate goal.

The atmosphere inside the temporary arena pulsated with a beach volleyball vibe but competing beside the home of Major League Soccer’s Toronto FC hardly comes close to matching the breathtaking backdrop seen at the sport’s spiritual home.

Jul 22, 2015

Games-Car parks to Copacabana, life’s a beach for volleyballers

TORONTO, July 21 (Reuters) – Winning Pan American Games medals in a soccer stadium car park was still a thrill for Brazilian beach volleyballers on Tuesday but the dream of playing at next year’s Rio Olympics on the sacred sands of Copacabana remains the ultimate goal.

The atmosphere inside the temporary arena pulsated with a beach volleyball vibe but competing beside the home of Major League Soccer’s Toronto FC hardly comes close to matching the breathtaking backdrop seen at the sport’s spiritual home.

Jul 22, 2015

De Grasse ready to take Pan Am sprint spotlight

TORONTO (Reuters) – With no Usain Bolt or Justin Gatlin in the field, Canadian sprinter Andre De Grasse eased to a leisurely win in his opening heat of the 100 meters at the Pan American Games on Tuesday.

Trinidad and Tobago’s Kesston Bledman and Americans Remontay McClain and BeeJay Lee all slipped under 10 seconds in their heats but it was De Grasse getting all the attention despite running 10.06 as the athletics competition got underway.