Guelph’s Genevieve Lalonde, the Canadian record holder in the 3,000m steeplechase won gold and set a new Pan Am Games record Saturday in Lima, Peru. She finished in the time of 9:41.45. Although the organizers have the performance listed as a new personal best, it isn’t, she has run 9:29.99 in the London 2017 IAAF World Track and Field Championships and 9:29.82 in the Shanghai Diamond League meet in May this year.

American Marisa Howard finished second (9:43.78) and Argentinian Belen Casetta finished third in 9:44.46. Casetta owns the Argentinian record at 9:25.99 from London 2017. Howard is a Boise State alumna and former all-American cross-country runner.

Edmonton’s Marco Arup took exactly one second off of his 800-metre personal best. For his effort, he earned a gold medal.

He finished in the time of 1:44.25. His personal best was 1:45.25 from June of 2018.
Wesley Vazquez of Puerto Rico finished second in the time of 1:44.48 Ryan Estrada also of Puerto Rico took the bronze in 1:45.19.

Vazquez led through 400m in the time of 49.74.

On Friday, four qualified out of Arop’s heat with Vazquez winning in the time of 1:48.38, Arop finished in 1:48.71 Jelssin Mena qualified with a 1:49.51 and Alejandro Lopez wasn’t an auto qualifier with his fourth-place finish – he had to wait for the other semi-final to finish before he knew if he placed in at least eighth overall – he did just that.

Ten-minutes later, the competing heat went and American Bryce Hoppel won in 1:48.04. As typical, the athletes were running tactically, to save themselves for the final. Sanchez finished second (1:48.62), while Marco Gonzalez of Peru finished third (1:49.49). Luciro Garrido of Venezuela hung on for all that he had to get the final spot from his heat at 1:49.51.

Hoppel paid for winning his heat as he finished fourth and out of the medals on Saturday with a finish time well back of bronze with his 1:47.48 performance.

Calgary’s Ryan Smeeton finished sixth in the men’s steeplechase 11 seconds back of winner Altobeli Santos da Silva. Colombian Carlos Diaz earned silver (8:32.24) and bronze was earned by Mario Arganona (8:32.34).

Three teams had to run season-best performances to stay in the medal hunt of the women’s 4 x 400m relay, but it was the perennially strong Americans who took gold in a commanding win with a 3:26.46 performance. Canada earned silver in 3:27.01 and Jamaica finished a close third just over half a second back of Canada with their 3:27.61 performance.

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