TORONTO 2015 PAN AMERICAN GAMES
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- July 14-18
- Toronto, Ont.
- Prelims 10 a.m EST
- Finals 7 p.m EST
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Everything’s on the line for day five finals here at the Toronto 2015 Pan American Games. Not only will it be the final night of swimming, but it will give American swimming star Natalie Coughlin a shot at winning her unprecedented 60th international medal of her career.
Coughlin will be looking for gold tonight along with the rest of the American medley relay squad. At this current point in time, the United States leads the swimming medal table with nine golds. Brazil has eight, Canada has seven.
Depending on the outcome of events tonight, any one of these three leading countries could take home the title as the top team at the Pan American Games.
Canada is favourited to win both the women’s 800m freestyle and 1500m freestyle. That will put them at nine golds overall. Brazil is favourited to win the men’s 200m IM, that puts them at nine golds overall.
Where the United States pulls ahead big time is the women’s 200m IM where the results could decide the competition. If Caitlin Leverenz wins, the Americans should claim the top spot considering how dangerous they are in the women’s 4x100m medley relay.
Canada’s hopes truly lie with 18-year-old Sydney Pickrem. If Pickrem can win, that will put Canada one gold ahead of the United States with the two relays left to swim.
Barring a disqualification, the American women will win the medley relay. There is no team with the depth that the Americans have in that swim. As for the men’s medley relay, the Brazilians look to be the favourites but the Canadians don’t have a weak squad either.
The Americans aren’t out of the picture in the men’s race, however and should be a lock for the top spot if they win both the women’s 200m IM and the 4x100m medley relay.
If one of those swims doesn’t go as planned, the Brazilians could tie them in total number of golds if they win the medley relay. In that scenario, the Americans would still be victorious due to the amount of silvers they’ve collected.
WOMEN’S 800M FREESTYLE – A FINAL
- World record: 8:11.00 – Katie Ledecky (USA) 2014
Pan Am Games record: 8:34.65 – Kaitlin Sandeno (USA) 1999
- Americas record: 8:11.00 – Katie Ledecky (USA) 2014
- 10th fastest time in the world this season:8:26.67
- Sierra Schmidt (USA) 8:27.54
- Kristel Kobrich (Chile) 8:29.79
- Andreina Pinto (Venezuela) 8:31.08
Sierra Schmidt of the United States went for the gold right from the get-go. She was a 59.82 on the first 100 and already at a body length lead, daring her competitors to catch her.
She was very strong for the first half of the swim, but then slowly Kristil Kobrich of Chile made a big move and started moving up on Schmidt.
Although the pressure was on big time from Kobrich, Schmidt never relinquished her lead and led the race from start to finish. On the last 100, Schmidt began to push even farther past Kobrich than she was before, extending her lead as she reached in for gold.
Kobrich was an easy second in 8:29.79 while Canadian Brittany MacLean and Venezuelan Andreina Pinto battled for the bronze. It was Pinto who managed to creep by MacLean during the last 2oo-meters and claim a podium spot.
MacLean was left to finish fourth in 8:32.06 out of a medal position.
WOMENS 200M IM
- World record: 2:06.15 – Ariana Kukors (USA) 2009
Pan Am Games record: 2:11.04 – Caitlin Leverenz 2015
- Americas record: 2:06.15 – Ariana Kukors (USA) 2009
10th fastest time in the world this season: 2:11.48
- Caitlin Leverenz (USA) 2:10.51
- Meghan Small (USA) 2:11.26
- Sydney Pickrem (Canada) 2:11.29
Caitlin Leverenz of the United States looked almost untouchable tonight as the battled a tough field for gold in the women’s 200m IM.
Starting off strong as always, Leverenz was a 28-low fly split to take a sizable lead heading into the backstroke. The backstroke is her weakest stroke as a whole, but she managed to retain her lead with 100-meters to go.
During the backstroke leg both Sydney Pickrem of Canada and Meghan Small of the United States moved up big-time, getting closer to Leverenz.
On the breaststroke leg it was the three of them making moves ahead of the field with Leverenz well in front. Turning for home it was Leverenz, Small, Pickrem in that order.
Small and Pickrem were just 0.02 seconds from each other at the third wall, and although Pickrem put on a fierce effort she was just out-touched.
Leverenz won in 2:10.51 with Small and Pickrem right behind. Leverenz is ranked fifth in the world with that swim, Small is now ranked seventh in the world for her time, and Pickrem’s prelim swim keeps her ranked sixth.
MEN’S 200M IM
- World record: 1:54.00 – Ryan Lochte (USA) 2011
Pan Am Games record: 1:57.79 – Thiago Pereira (Brazil) 2007
- Americas record: 1:54.00 – Ryan Lochte (USA) 2011
10th fastest time in the world this season: 1:58.45
- Henrique Rodrigues (Brazil) 1:57.06
- Thiago Pereira (Brazil) 1:57.42
- Gunnar Bentz (USA) 2:00.04
Very rarely do you get to break somebodies record while they swim just a couple lanes away from you, but that’s exactly what Henrique Rodrigues did tonight against fellow Brazilian Thiago Pereira.
Pereira and Rodrigues took out the entire race together, never being separated by more than 0.39 seconds at any all during the race. They turned together on the third 50, and Rodrigues took advantage of the freestyle leg.
Coming home in a 28.60, Rodrigues passed Pereira and touched the wall in 1:57.06. With that time, he broke Pereira’s Pan American Games record from right under his nose. Pereira was also under his previous record in 1:57.42, but couldn’t best Rodrigues.
The race for bronze was strong between American Gunnar Bentz and Canadian Evan White. White made a huge move up on the last 100, putting himself into third by the 150.
Bentz came back on him with a swift 28.46 last 50 split to grab bronze. White was fourth in 2:00.60. Ty Stewart and Luke Reilly finished behind White in fifth and sixth respectively.
MEN’S 1500M FREESTYLE – A FINAL
- World record: 14:31.02 – Sun Yang (China) 2012
- Pan Am Games record: 15:12.33 – Charles Peterson (USA) 2007
- Americas record: 7:41.86 – Ryan Cochrane (Canada) 2012
- 10th fastest time in the world this season: 15:01.41
- Ryan Cochrane (Canada) 15:06.40
- Andrew Gemmell (USA) 15:09.92
- Brandonn Almeida (Brazil) 15:11.70 NR
Ryan Cochrane led the men’s 1500m freestyle right from the beginning, never letting anyone get close enough to him to take the gold away.
Cochrane won the gold in a comfortable 15:06.40, swimming just about five-seconds slower than what he was at Canadian Trials in April. It was very clear that Cochrane was unshaved and unrested for this meet as world approach; especially when he showed up for finals with facial and body hair.
Cochrane’s closest competitor tonight was American Andrew Gemmell. Gemmell was a 15:09.92 to claim the silver medal.
Brandonn Almeida of Brazil ended up third with a new Brazilian national record time of 15:11.70
WOMEN’S 4X100M MEDLEY RELAY
- World record: 3:52.05 – USA 2012
Pan Am Games record: 3:57.35 – 2015
- Americas record: 3:52.05 – USA 2012
- Team USA 3:56.53
- Team Canada 3:58.51
- Team Brazil 4:02.52
Natalie Coughlin’s backstroke is back to top form, which is one of the reasons the American women were able to win the medley relay tonight. Leading off in 59.05, that was the the fastest performance Coughlin has had since the Beijing Olympics.
Outside of the 2008 Olympic Trials and 2008 Olympic Games, Natalie Coughlin has never been faster in a 100-meter backstroke. With her 59.05 the also re-set her games record of 59.20 that she set in prelims and moved to third in the world this year.
Katie Meili kept things rolling for the Americans with a 1:06.06 beaststroke split. At that point they had a huge lead. Enter Louisville butterflyer Kelsi Worrell and things got even faster. With a 57.34 split, the Americans were untouchable.
Although Allison Schmitt managed a 54.08 freestyle leg, Canadian sprinter Chantal Van Landeghem made up a ton of room on the final 100. Van Landeghem dropped a massive 53.30 split to put the Canadians in a silver medal position.
The Canadians were just shy of the Canadian record.
MEN’S 4X100M MEDLEY RELAY
- World record: 3:27.28 – USA 209
- Pan Am Games record: 3:37.27 – USA 2003
- Americas record: 3:27.28 – USA 209
- Brazil 3:32.68
- Team USA 3:33.63
- Team Canada 3:34.40
The Brazilians and the United States were in a lock for gold tonight as the Canadians also fought to be deep inside the medal picture.
Incredibly, the Brazilians managed to lead at every single point during this race, never letting up despite how hard the Americans pushed. The Americans were consistently in second, the Canadians in third.
With that final gold medal the order was solidified in the medal tables. The Americans finished with 12 golds, the Brazilians 10, and Canada eight.