The Canadian track and field team took full advantage of a supportive and vocal home crowd to win a record 25 Pan Am Games medals and a record 10 gold medals at the 2015 Pan American Games in Toronto.
Previous bests were 7 gold medals from the 2007 edition of the Games, and 24 overall podiums at the 1967 Pan Am Games held in Winnipeg.
Andre De Grasse of Markham, Ont., led the way with gold in the 100-metres and 200-metres. In the 200 Andre set a new Canadian record of 19.88 seconds. Damian Warner of London, Ont., won gold in the decathlon with 8659 points, establishing a new Pan Am Games record and a new Canadian record. Shawn Barber of Toronto won gold in the pole vault equaling the Pan Am Games record of 5.80-metres. Sarah Wells of Unionville, Ont., won a pair of medals, she won silver in the 400-metre hurdles and bronze as the anchor with the 4×400-metres relay.
Pan Am Games medallists
Mohammed Ahmed, 10000m
Shawn Barber, pole vault =Pan Am Games record
Melissa Bishop, 800m
Andre De Grasse, 100m
Andre De Grasse, 200m Canadian record
Evan Dunfee, 20km race walk
Elizabeth Gleadle, javelin
Matthew Hughes, 3000m steeplechase
Christabel Nettey, long jump
Damian Warner, decathlon Pan Am Games record / Canadian record
Nathan Brannen, 1500m
Alex Genest, 3000m steeplechase
Inaki Gomez, 20km race walk
Mike Mason, high jump
Tim Nedow, shot put
Nicole Sifuentes, 1500m
Sarah Wells, 400m hurdles
Sultana Frizell, hammer throw
Sasha Gollish, 1500m
Nikkita Holder, 100m hurdles
Geneviève Lalonde, 3000m steeplechase
Lanni Marchant, 10000m
Charles Philibert-Thiboutot, 1500m
Women’s 4x100m (Crystal Emmanuel, Kim Hyacinthe, Jellisa Westney, Khamica Bingham)
Women’s 4x400m (Brianne Theisen-Eaton, Taylor Sharpe, Sage Watson, Sarah Wells)
Complete Pan Am Games results
Busy August for national teams
The Panamerican Junior Championships take place this weekend in Edmonton. Athletics Canada named a team of 63 athletes to compete at this event. AthleticsCanada.tv will carry the Panamerican Juniors live.
The NACAC Athletics Senior Championships run August 7 through 9 in San José, Costa Rica with 20 athletes representing Canada.
The Parapan Am Games begin August 7, with athletics competition taking place August 10 through 14. The athletics Parapan Am Games team will be named later this week.
Then, finally at the end of August, the 2015 IAAF World Championships take place in Beijing, China August 22 to 30.