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Orji, Jagers highlight first full day of competition at Pan American Games


Track and Field (1 silver, 1 bronze)

Keturah Orji jumped 6.66/21-10.25 to claim the silver medal in the women’s long jump. Chantel Malone of the British Virgin Islands edged out Orji by two centimeters for the gold, while Aliyah Whisby was eighth with a 6.36/20-10.5 jump.

Reggie Jagers earned the bronze medal in the men’s discus with a best of 64.48/211-6 on his second attempt. Jagers finished third behind the Jamaican 1-2 duo of Fredrick Dacres and Travis Smikle. Brian Williams also competed for the U.S. but ended with no mark. In the women’s discus, Team USA’s Whitney Ashley threw 60.27/197-9 for fifth place, while fellow American Kelsey Card threw 58.94/193-4 for eighth place.

In the women’s 10,000 meters, Team USA’s Elaina Tabb finished just off the podium, earning fourth with a time of 32:24.37. Sarah Pagano was sixth in 32:48.04. In the men’s 5,000 meters, Josef Tessema finished eighth in 14:00.19 and teammate Tyler Day was 10th in 14:01.13.

After the first day of the decathlon, Nathan Hite sits in seventh place with 3903 points through five events. Canada’s Damian Warner currently holds the top spot with 4499 points.

With strong performances in semifinal heats, six American athletes advanced to their event’s finals. Team USA’s Amere Lattin finished first in his semifinal heat of the men’s 400-meter hurdles in 49.75, while teammate Norman Grimes was fourth in his heat in 50.04. On the women’s side, Anna Cockrell clocked 56.04 seconds to advance easily. 

Cravon Gillespie (10.32) and Michael Rodgers (10.29) both finished second in their semifinal sections of the men’s 100 meters to advance to the final on Aug. 7. Twanisha Terry advanced to the women’s final after finishing third in her heat in 11.59. Youth Olympian Athing Mu competed in the semifinals of the women’s 800 meters, but her time of 2:07.30 did not advance her to the final.

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