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Oliver wins gold and sets Pan Ams record in 110mH; Lewis Smallwood claims bronze

7/24/2015
 
TORONTO -- Team USA won gold and bronze during the morning session at Pan American Games at CIBC Pan Am/Parapan Am Athletics Stadium, where David Oliver broke a Pan American Games record in the 110-meter hurdles and Gia Lewis-Smallwood made the discus podium.
 
David Oliver came out a blazing and focused in the 100mH final, twice. He ran cleanly over every hurdle, and was so focused that he didn’t hear a late, second gun malfunction around the fourth hurdle. Oliver completed the 110 meters over barriers in 13.17 before realizing that he would only have thirty minutes to do it all over again.
 
Running the final for or the second time and the race for a third, taking into account the same-day semis, Oliver (Kissimmee, Florida) rose to the occasion, blasting out for a decisive win to claim his gold in 13.07, a Pan American Games record.
 
Gia Lewis-Smallwood won bronze in women’s discus, improving to 60.17m/197-5 after hitting the cage on her opening attempt and tossing her best of the day at 61.26m/201-0 in the fourth round to earn a spot on the podium. Kelsey Card had a best of 57.00m/187-0 in round 2 and finished in seventh place.
 
The women’s heptathlon began with two morning session events, where Breanna Leslie and Heather Miller  competed in the 100mH and high jump. With Both Americans running in heat 2, Miller ran 13.66 to cross the line second and Leslie was fourth in at 13.73. In high jump, MIller remained among the top-3, with a best clearance of 13.66m/44-9-0.75. After two events, Miller sits in second place with 2,005 points, just 16 points of the leader. Leslie is in seventh place with 1,847 points.
 
Shamier Little put Team USA in commanding position after the first leg of the women’s 4x400m relay, with a leading handoff toAlysia Montaño. Montaño sprinted away from the rest of the field down the backstretch and widened the U.S. lead to such an extent that it would never be challenged. Individual 400 meters medalists Shakima Wimbley (bronze) and Kendall Baisden (gold) ensured victory on the final two legs, with Baisden crossing the line in 3:26.40 for the win and the fastest time of the morning.
 
James Harris ran the opening leg in the men’s 4x400m relay and had a solid effort to hand off to Jeshua Anderson in the lead. Anderson’s safe carry kept Team USA in contention as he passed to Marcus Chambers, who maintained the squad’s position before making the final exchange with 400m bronze medalist Kyle Clemons running the anchor. Clemons split 45.59 to give the U.S. the win in 3:02.99 and a spot in the final.
 
Alphonso Jordan finished 12th in the men’s triple jump with a best of 15.99m/52-5.5

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Track & field will air as part of ESPN’s Pan American Games coverage across their family of networks, including ESPN, ESPN2 and ESPN3/WatchESPN.
 
Pan American Games TV Coverage
 
Time (ET)
Date
Network
8-11 p.m.
July 24
ESPN/ESPN2
11 a.m.-11 p.m.
July 25
ESPN3
4:30-11 p.m.
July 25
ESPN/ESPN2
 
Team USA Medals at the Pan American Games (28)
 
Gold (7)
David Oliver, 110 hurdles (13.07, meet record)
Kendall Baisden, 400 (51.27)
Clayton Murphy, 800 (1:47.19)
Kibwe Johnson, hammer (75.46m/247-7)
Jeff Henderson, long jump (8.54m/28-0.25w)
Shamier Little, 400 hurdles (55.50)
Queen Harrison, 100 hurdles (12.52, meet record)
 
Silver (9)
Desiree Davila, 10,000 (32:43.99)
Shakima Wimbley, 400 (51.36)
Marquis Goodwin, long jump (8.27m/27-1.75w)
Jill Camarena-Williams, shot put (18.65m/61-2.25)
Alysia Montaño, 800 (1:59.76)
Tenaya Jones, 100 hurdles (12.84)
Amber Campbell, hammer (71.22m/233-8)
Aron Rono, 10,000 (28:50.83)
Kara Winger, javelin (61.44m/201-7)
 
Bronze (12)
Gia Lewis-Smallwood, discus (61.26m/201-0)
Russ Winger, discus (62.64m/205-6)
Jenn Suhr, pole vault (4.60m/15-1)
Kyle Clemons, 400 (44.84)
Ryan Martin, 800 (1:47.73)
Conor McCullough, hammer (73.74m/241-9)
Barbara Pierre, 100 (11.01)
Cory Leslie, 3000 steeplechase (8:36.83)
Jake Blankenship & Mark Hollis, pole vault (5.40m/17-8.5)
Kellyn Taylor, 5000 (15:52.78)
Lindsay Flanagan, marathon (2:36:30)


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