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Rodgers is golden at Pan American Games in Lima


Boosted by strong performances from Michael Rodgers in the men’s 100-meter and Jordan Geist in men’s shot put, Team USATF added two medals on the second full day of competition in Lima, Peru. Rodgers sprinted to the gold medal in the men’s 100m with a winning time of 10.09 seconds, while teammate Cravon Gillespie placed sixth in 10.38. 

In men’s shot put, Geist threw 20.67m/67-9.75 in the sixth and final round to claim the silver medal behind Brazil’s Darlan Romani, who tossed an event record of 22.07. Team USATF’s Olayinka Awotunde also earned a top-10 finish, placing ninth with a mark of 19.04m/62-5-75.

In the women’s 100-meter dash, Twanisha Terry’s time of 11.37 seconds resulted in a fifth-place finish. Elaine Thompson of Jamaica won gold with a time of 11.18.

In the men’s long jump, Trumaine Jefferson withdrew after his second attempt due to injury. His second-round jump of 7.66m/25-1.75 was still enough for him to finish sixth. Cuba’s Juan Echevarria Lafle won gold with his jump of 8.27m/27-1.75.

In other action, Team USA’s Nathan Hite finished ninth in the men’s decathlon with 7,389 total points. Canada’s Damian Warner took home the gold with 8,513 total points.

Several U.S. athletes also advanced to individual event finals, including Sharika Nelvis and Chanel Brissett in the women’s 100 hurdles, Jaide Stepter and Courtney Okolo in the women’s 400, and Justin Robinson and Wilbert London III in the men’s 400. 

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