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Team USATF claims medals in nine of 10 event finals


American athletes earned podium finishes in nine of 10 event finals (6 silvers, 3 bronzes) on the third full day of track and field competition at the Pan American Games in Lima, Peru. Sean Donnelly started things off for Team USATF by securing the bronze medal in men’s hammer throw with a toss of 74.23m/243-6. Teammate Rudy Winkler placed eighth at 71.84m/235-8.


In other field action, Katie Nageotte took the silver medal in the women's pole vault, clearing 4.70m/15-5. Olivia Gruver finished just off the podium in a tie for fourth place at 4.55m/14-11.


In a thrilling finish, Johnny Gregorek claimed silver in the men’s 1,500m, crossing the line in 3:40.42 behind Mexico’s Carlos Villareal (3:39.93). William Paulson of Canada took the bronze medal with a time of 3:41.15.


The U.S. continued its silver-winning streak in hurdles with Chanel Brissett finishing second in the women’s 100m hurdles with a time of 12.99, and Amere Lattin (48.98) and Anna Cockrell (55.50) taking the silver medals in the men’s and women’s 400m hurdles events. Team USA’s Sharika Nelvis placed seventh in the women’s 100m hurdles with a time of 13.23, while Norman Grimes finished sixth in the men’s 400 hurdles in 49.65.


17-year-old Justin Robinson and Courtney Okolo claimed the bronze medals in the men’s and women’s 400m. Robinson clocked in at 45.07 ahead of teammate and fourth-place finisher Wil London (45.22), while Okolo crossed the line in 51.22 to secure the final podium spot. Jaide Stepter advanced to the women’s final but was disqualified.


Wrapping up the night on the track for Team USA was Annie Kunz, who recorded a two-lap time of 2:19.69 to secure the silver medal in the women's heptathlon with 5,990 total points. Cuba’s Adriana Rodriguez Fuentes won the gold medal with a total of 6,113, and Colombia’s Martha Valeria Araujo took the bronze with 5,925 points. Team USA’s Riley Cooks totaled 5,516 points, good enough for seventh place.


In women’s high jump, Nicole Greene and Morgan Smalls placed eighth and 10th with marks of 1.79m/5-10.5 and 1.74m/5-8.5 meters.


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