LIMA (Reuters) – The United States jumped clear at the top of the Pan Am Games medal table after sweeping the 3×3 basketball gold medals on Monday and every indication would suggest they are likely to remain there for duration of the two-week showcase.
After hosts Peru got off to a dream start on Saturday by winning both marathons to briefly top the table, and a gold medal run on Sunday put Mexico at number one, the powerhouse U.S. flexed their collective muscles on Day Three.
Heading into the evening session, the U.S. had seized control of the leaderboard with 17 gold and 44 total medals.
Mexico continued to enjoy impressive performances but are now firmly in the rear-view mirror of their northern neighbours with 12 golds. No other nation is yet in double figures.
“We are definitely the pioneers, first team to win the 3×3 gold medal and I’m glad it was the USA,” said Jonathan Octeus, who drained two free throw to clinch a 21-19 win over Puerto Rico in the men’s 3×3 final….
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