LIMA (Reuters) – Canadians Marco Arop and Genevieve Lalonde shattered Pan Am Games records and the United States won four gold medals as the track and field competition at the 17-day sporting gathering neared a close on Saturday.
Sudan-born Arop charged home in one minute, 44.25 seconds to win the 800 meters ahead of Puerto Rico’s Wesley Vazquez (1:44.48) with both dropping under Cuban Yeimer Lopez’s 10-year-old Games record of 1:44.58.
“I’m on top of the world right now,” 20-year-old Arop told reporters.
“I was just hoping to win a medal for Canada and to have a personal record and Pan American record is just a bonus.”
Lalonde blitzed the women’s 3,000 meters steeplechase record by almost seven seconds, the bronze medalist at the 2015 Games stepping up to gold in 9:41:45.
“I definitely had to work for it at the end, dropping all my energy into that last barrier and sprinting home,” Lalonde said.
“To bring that Pan American Games record home to Canada is…
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