Final Medal Races Close out Pan Am Games 2015
Published on July 19th, 2015
The Pan American Games are the world’s third largest international multi-sport Games, only surpassed in size and scope by the Olympic Summer Games and the Asian Games. First held in Buenos Aires, Argentina, in 1951, this is the third time that Canada has been the host. The 2015 Pan Am Games in Toronto on July 12-19 has attracted 20 countries to compete in 10 sailing events on Lake Ontario.
(July 19, 2015) – After the five Olympic events held their Medal Race yesterday, the Pan Am Games in Toronto Harbour closed out today with the final race for the remaining five non-Olympic events to determine who would stand on the podium with medals around their neck.
Among the North American teams, USA medaled in three events today, taking Silver in Hobie 16 (Modderman/Modderman) and Lightning (Coplan/Prior/Pattern), and Bronze in Snipe (Diaz/Tocke). Canada claimed Silver in Sunfish (Luke Ramsay) and J/24 (McLaughlin/Andrews/Ogden/Jarvis) while Puerto Rico took Gold in Snipe (Rios/Monllor) and Bronze in Hobie 16 (Figueroa/Ortega).
Leading the Sunfish was Canadian Luke Ramsay, but beating Ecuador today would secure the Gold, a feat Ramsay was not able to do today. “I am walking away with a Silver medal from the Pan Am Games,” shared Ramsay on Facebook. “Its a bittersweet moment as my eyes were set on Gold and I get the Silver on a tiebreaker. However, overall it was a great week.”
Augie Diaz and Kathleen Tocke (USA) won bronze, their second straight medal in the Snipe class at the Pan American Games. For Diaz, it was his third career Pan Am Games Medal. “We were hoping for the gold, but getting on the podium is special, so I’m very happy with our result,” said Diaz. “The Snipe trials for the Pan Am Games is always very hard to win in the US, so I was very happy to be able to come back. It’s just a notch below the Olympics, and it takes a lot to get here and do well.”
The United States and Brazil tied for the most sailing medals won at the event, with both nations taking home six apiece.
FINAL RESULTS – Olympic events
Laser Men (13 races) – 1. Juan Maegli (GUA) 39; 2. Robert Scheidt (BRA) 47; 3. Lee Parkhill CAN) 53
Laser Radial Women (13 races) – 1. Paige Railey (USA) 50; 2. Fernanda Coelho (BRA) 64; 3. Dolores Moreira (URU) 64
49er FX Women (17 races) – 1. Travascio/Branz, (ARG) 36; Soffiati Grael/Kunze (BRA) 43; 3. Henken/Scutt (USA) 47
RS:X Men (14 races) – 1. Ricardo do Santos (BRA) 25; 2. David Teran (MEX) 32; Mariano Reutemann (ARG) 33
RS:X Women (14 races) – 1. Patricia Freitas (BRA) 15; 2. Demita Vega (MEX) 20; 3. Marion Lepert (USA) 44 points
FINAL RESULTS – non-Olympic events
Snipe Open (13 races) – 1. Rios/Monllor (PUR) 20; 2. Soubie/Lipszyc (ARG) 38; 3. Diaz/Tocke (USA) 46
Hobie 16 Open (13 races) – 1. Castillo/Van Blerk (GUA) 30; 2. Modderman/Modderman (USA) 39; 3. Figueroa/Ortega (PUR) 44
Lightning Mixed (13 races) – Fracchia/Salerno/Conte (ARG) 25; 2. Coplan/Prior/Pattern (USA) 37; 3. Biekarck/Ficker/Hackerott (BRA) 43
Sunfish Open (13 races) – 1. Jonathan Mawyin (ECU) 45; 2. Luke Ramsay (CAN) 45; 3. Andres Sorucco (CHI) 49
J/24 Open (13 races) 1. Pereira/Bellinotto/Ambrus/Pereyra (ARG) 27; 2. McLaughlin/Andrews/Ogden/Jarvis (CAN) 39; 3. Seguel/Lira/Jux/Roth (CHI) 44
Schedule: Qualifying was on July 12-17 which had planned 12 races for the Laser, Laser Radial, Snipe, Hobie 16, Lightning, Sunfish, and J/24, and 16 races for the 49erFX, RS:X Men, and RS:X Women. After the qualifying races, the top 50% from each fleet, or the top five positions, whichever was greater, advanced to the Medal Race on July 18-19 which counted double and was non-discardable.