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Friday, August 15, 2003
Updated: August 17, 12:52 AM ET
Friday: U.S. boxers win their first gold

Associated Press

Vic Wunderle (Mason City, Ill.) beat Guy Krueger (Blessing, Texas) for the men's singles title, setting a Pan Ams record. Top-seeded Wunderle established the record in the 12-arrow portion of the event with 111 points in beating Hugh MacDonald of Canada.

Glenn Meyers (Grand Rapids, Mich.) lost in the semifinals to Wunderle, who again broke the 12-arrow record, with 112 points.

In the final, Wunderle outshot Krueger 109-106.

Although Meyers won his bronze-medal match with El Salvador's Cristobal Merlos, he was not allowed to collect the medal. Games rules prohibit a sweep of medals by one country.

The U.S. team won its first gold medal of the games when super heavyweight Jason Estrada (Providence, R.I.) defeated Michael Lopez Nunez of Cuba, 14-6. Estrada used his speed, not often seen in super heavyweights, to take an early 4-2 lead after one round, then extended his advantage throughout. Welterweight Juan McPherson (Cleveland) took a silver medal after his loss to Lorenzo Aragon of Cuba, 30-11.

Every bout of the evening included a Cuban boxer, and the team took four of the six gold medals.

The U.S. women's four-person kayak team of Kathy Colin (Kailua, Hawaii), Sonrisa Reed (Gainesville, Ga.), Ruth Nortje (Whitehouse Station, N.J.) and Keri-Jean McKenzie (Richmond, British Columbia) paddled to a crew-best 1 minute, 39.91 seconds to get second in the 1,000 meters. Canada earned the gold. The Americans had trained together only 10 times.

Rami Zur (Chula Vista, Calif.) shook off Thursday's disqualification in the 500 meters and earned a bronze medal in the one-man kayak 1,000 behind Javier Correa of Argentina and Sebastian Cuattrin of Brazil.

International newcomers Benjie Lewis (Miami) and Brandon Woods (Kaneohe, Hawaii) paddled to a silver medal in the two-person kayak 1,000 behind Cuba.

Cuba won the four-man kayak 1,000.

In two-man canoe, Cuba also took the gold. The singles was won by Tom Hall of Canada.

Tanya Lindenmuth (Trexlertown, Pa.) won her second gold medal of the games, taking the individual sprint over Daniela Larreal of Venezuela. Chris Witty (Milwaukee), a 2002 Olympic speed skating gold medalist, got bronze.

Barry Forde of Barbados won the men's race, with Giddeon Massie (Colorado Springs, Colo.) getting bronze.

Cuba won the men's team sprint.

In the men's Madison race, Juan Curuchet and Walter Perez of Argentina took gold, with Colby Pearce and Jamie Carney, both of Boulder, Colo., getting bronze.

Argentina edged Brazil's men 1-0 in a matchup of young teams from the South American soccer powers. In a typically bruising and bad-tempered affair, Maximiliano Lopez scored at the stroke of halftime. The game ended in controversy when Brazil thought a late header crossed the goal line. But the referee ruled Pablo Barzola's amazing goal-line clear came before the ball entered the net.

Mexico beat Colombia 5-4 on penalty kicks to win the bronze medal after a scoreless tie in regulation. On the last penalty kick, Colombia's Jose Anchico's shot hit the crossbar, then hit the edge of the goal line and bounced away from the net -- a miss that gave Mexico the win.

The American women beat two-time defending champion Canada 2-1.

Meredith Quick (Denver) beat Carolyn Russell with a sensational rally. After falling behind two sets, Quick came back to win 3-9, 3-9, 9-3, 9-6, 9-4.

Individual gold medalist Latasha Khan (Seattle) played Melanie Jans in a rematch of the singles championship match -- and won again. Khan lost the first game 9-10, then won 9-3, 9-1 and 9-0. That clinched the team title.

In the third match, shortened to best-of-three, Louisa Hall (Philadelphia) lost to Marnie Baizley.

Michael Raab (Rockville, Md.) broke the 1999 Pan Ams record in the 200-meter butterfly preliminaries, swimming 1:57.54, a personal best.

Raab then broke the record in the final, swimming 1:57.33 for gold.

Peter Marshall of Atlanta took the 100 backstroke ahead of George Bovell of Trinidad and Tobago, who swims for Auburn, and Jayme Cramer of Cincinnati.

Morgan Hentzen of La Habra Heights, Calif., and Rachel Burke, Bethesda, Md., went 1-2 in the women's 800 freestyle, a race never in doubt from the outset.

Then the U.S. women took the 400-meter medley relay by nearly eight seconds over Canada, setting a Pan Ams mark of 4:05.92. Dianna MacManus, Staciana Stitts, Dana Vollmer and Amanda Weir had open water after the first leg.

The men's 50 freestyle was won by Fernando Sherer of Brazil, with Miami's Gary Hall finishing third. Canada's Joanne Malar edged two Americans -- Corrie Clark of Malvern, Pa., and Laura Davis of Concord, Calif. -- in the 200 individual medley.

The U.S team topped the Canadians by a full point in the free routine to win the gold with a final composite of 97.000. The Canadians won the silver with 96.416, while Brazil got the bronze with 91.166.

Swimming for the U.S. team were Alison Bartosik (Santa Clara, Calif.), Erin Dobratz (Clayton, Calif), Becky Jasontek (Loveland, Ohio), Anna Kozlova (San Jose, Calif.), Sara Lowe (Desoto, Texas), Lauren McFall (Los Altos, Calif.), Stephanie Nesbitt (Riverside, Calif.) and Kendra Zanotto (Los Gatos, Calif.).

Steven Lopez (Houston) won the gold in his first international competition in the 80-kilogram weight class, beating Jose Luis Ramirez of Mexico 5-3 in the final bout. Lopez, gold medalist at the 2000 Olympics at 68 kilos and the reigning world champion, outscored his four opponents 28-6, including defending Olympic welterweight champion Angel Volodia Matos from Cuba.

Simona Hradil (Houston) shared the bronze in the women's 67-kilo class, losing to Yaneth Leal of Venezuela in the semifinals. Hradil shared the bronze with Marlen Ramirez of Mexico, who lost to Vanina Sanchez of Argentina in the other semifinal. Leal beat Sanchez for the gold.

The U.S. men couldn't do much of anything against Brazil in the bronze-medal match, with the Brazilians sweeping 25-23, 25-17, 25-20 in 79 minutes.

Venezuela swept Cuba for gold, 25-23, 25-18, 25-20.

After Karissa Wedd of Canada broke Rhoni Barton's Pan Ams jump record of 150.5 feet, Barton (Orlando, Fla.) quickly reclaimed the mark, then broke it again. She cleared 155.14 feet on her second jump of the day, then soared 157.15 feet on her third and final attempt. Regina Jaquess of Suwanee, Ga., jumped 150.26 feet to finish third in the preliminaries.

Canada's Jaret Llewellyn came on late to place first with 10,700 points and set a Pan Ams mark in the men's tricks. Russell Gay (Winter Garden, Fla.), missed breaking the Pan Ams men's tricks record by 70, finishing with 10,490 points. Freddy Krueger (Winter Garden, Fla.) was second in men's jumps, behind Llewellyn.

2000 Olympian Julio Luna of Venezuela won the 94-kilogram division while setting two Pan Ams records for the weight class. His combined lifts totaled 871 pounds.

Jason Gump (Metz, W.Va.) was fifth, and Robert Murphy (Sarasota, Fla.) finished eighth.

Colombia's Tulia Medina earned the gold in the women's 69-kilo class.

Wanda Rijo of the Dominican Republic dominated the 75-kilo women's field, including her games-record clean and jerk of 287 pounds on the way to gold.

Rijo, a 2000 Olympian, kept things interesting for the raucous crowd of 1,500 in the arena. On her second attempt, a games record of 281 pounds, the weights on the right side of the bar were not locked in, causing them to shift and eventually fall off as Rijo tried to come to rest with the bar over her head.

After a lengthy discussion by games and International Weightlifting Federation officials, Rijo was awarded the lift, thus putting more pressure on silver medalist Nora Koppel of Argentina.

On the final lift, Koppel had to attempt 298 pounds, which would have given her the gold, but she was unable to control the bar as she lifted it from the ground.

Rijo finished with a combined lifted weight of 523½ pounds. Koppel's combined lifted weight was 496 pounds.

Americans Cara Heads (Costa Mesa, Calif.) and Doreen Heldt (Lisco, Neb.) placed fourth and fifth, respectively.