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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.

Jul 22, 2015

Games-De Grasse ready to take Pan Am sprint spotlight

TORONTO, July 21 (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 metres 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.

Jul 20, 2015

Rhythmic gymnast Zeng becomes Pan Am Golden Girl

TORONTO (Reuters) – Laura Zeng was crowned the Pan American Games ‘Golden Girl’ and a future rhythmic gymnastics star on Monday as the 15-year-old American completed a sweep of individual events to bring her gold medal haul to five.

Even without the presence of the sport’s super powers Russia and Belarus, the American teenager marked herself as a potential future Olympic champion, taking gold in the all-around and all four individual apparatus finals, ball, club, ribbon and hoop with style and authority.

Jul 20, 2015

Games-Rhythmic gymnast Zeng becomes Pan Am Golden Girl

TORONTO, July 20 (Reuters) – Laura Zeng was crowned the Pan American Games ‘Golden Girl’ and a future rhythmic gymnastics star on Monday as the 15-year-old American completed a sweep of individual events to bring her gold medal haul to five.

Even without the presence of the sport’s super powers Russia and Belarus, the American teenager marked herself as a potential future Olympic champion, taking gold in the all-around and all four individual apparatus finals, ball, club, ribbon and hoop with style and authority.

Jul 20, 2015

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

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.

Jul 20, 2015

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

TORONTO, July 19 (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.

Jul 19, 2015

Smooth sailing at Pan Ams, rough waters ahead in Rio

TORONTO (Reuters) – For sailors, the water they raced on at the Pan American Games this week will seem like Perrier compared to the notoriously fetid Guanabara Bay Olympic sailing venue that awaits them at next year’s Rio Summer Games.

While yachtsmen battled for Pan Am medals in the clear waters around Toronto’s Centre Island, hundreds of sunbathers splashed about in Lake Ontario on a sizzling weekend, a sight unlikely to be repeated in Rio de Janeiro with Olympic sailors who have visited the venue for test events complaining of floating sofas and animal carcasses.

Jul 19, 2015

Games-Smooth sailing at Pan Ams, rough waters ahead in Rio

TORONTO, July 19 (Reuters) – For sailors, the water they raced on at the Pan American Games this week will seem like Perrier compared to the notoriously fetid Guanabara Bay Olympic sailing venue that awaits them at next year’s Rio Summer Games.

While yachtsmen battled for Pan Am medals in the clear waters around Toronto’s Centre Island, hundreds of sunbathers splashed about in Lake Ontario on a sizzling weekend, a sight unlikely to be repeated in Rio de Janeiro with Olympic sailors who have visited the venue for test events complaining of floating sofas and animal carcasses.

Jul 19, 2015

U.S. bumps Canada from top of Pan Am medals table

TORONTO (Reuters) – The United States finally nudged Canada from top spot on the Pan American Games medal table on a sweltering Saturday that saw scorching conditions and sizzling performances.

As temperatures climbed into mid-30s Celsius (95 Fahrenheit) and officials issued a heat alert the red-hot Americans were piling up podiums across the city.