Day 1 Reports

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  "LIVE" Reports by Clayton Clarke of Trinidad & Tobago
   Includes Interviews (to be posted from Saturday), Race Reports, Blogs, Photos
   Commenced Fri 31st July 2009.
Friday 31st July 2009 - Day one Session One

Mexico wins first gold, US leads medal tally.
The United States of America won the women’s pole vault in a new Pan Am junior record and swept both 1500m events. In the pole vault Natalie Willer cleared 4.30 meters to set thesecond record in the event as she and teammate Shade Weygandt cleared 4.25 metres to beat the old mark of 4.20 metres at the last edition of the Pan Ams in Sao Paulo in Brazil.
Jordan Hassay took a commanding win for the US in the women’s event. Leading from the bell Hassay won by almost 50 meters in 4 min 26.26 seconds to beat Mexico’s Laura Galvan(4:30:72) and US teammate Taylor Wallace(4:31:76).
In the men’s race Mac Fleet won in 3 mins 48:04 seconds.  The race was a contest with the runners tightly bunch after two laps. Fleet beat Jeremy Rae of Canada(3:48:29) and Ivan Lopez of Chile (3;48:45) in a sprint finish down the home straight with Fleet taking the lead with less than 100m to go.
Mexico’s Erandi Uribe won the first gold of the championships taking the women’s 10,000 metres walk. Uribe clocked 50 mins 07.00 seconds.  Colombia took silver and bronze with Maria Del Pilar Rayo in second (50:23.60) and Paola Angie Pineda(50:36:40).
Recently crowned World Youth 400m champion Kirani James advanced for the finals of the men’s 400m to be contested later today. USA’s Tavaris Tate(46.12) and Joey Hughes(46.75) were the fastest qualifiers.
US again lead the qualifiers for the women’s 400m.  Alishea Usery (54.87) and Diamond Richardson(54.94) were the quickest.
The men’s decathlon began. With the 100m, long jump and shot putt completed, the leader is
Friday 31st July 2009 - Day one Session two

7:01pm: The Men’s 100m finalists are on the line.They are off.  The two American take the lead. Both exchange the lead down the straight.  Marcus Rowland wins in 10.03 seconds, D’angelo Cherry second in 10.17 sec and third  Diego Cavalcanti Brazil third in 10.30 seconds. Wind reading 0.7 m/s.
6:54pm: They are on their marks. They are off. Cholanda Goodman of the US takes the lead and wins from the other American Amber Pervis.  Goodman wins in 11.22 with Purvis timied at 11.38 and Jura Levy of Jamaica third in 11.51.

6:48pm: The finalists of the women’s 100m on the line.
6:29pm: The fifth event of the men’s decathlon, the 400m
6:14pm: The women’s triple jump just completed. The men’s Javelin still going on.
6:04pm: The men’s 400m finals just got started.Kirani James of Grenada makes up stagger along back stretch. Tate of the US comes off the final bend with James and the two battle down the final straight.  James wins. Tate second.  Bartholmew of Grenada.
6:01pm: Results in the women’s 400m
  1. Padilla     VEN  53.61
  2. Alejandra Cherizola MEX  53.81
  3. Jodiann Muir   JAM 53.93
  4. Alishea Usery   US  54.33
  5. Amoy Blake   JAM 54.96
  6. Sparkle McKnight  TT  55.05
5:59pm  Mason Finley (US) wins the men’s Discus  in a new Pan Am record.65….
5:53pm:The finals of the women’s 400m up next. The athletes are being introduced. They are on their marks. They are off. Usery of US makes up stagger within first 100m.  Jennifer Padila of Colombia comes through in the last 50 metres to win.
5:40pm: The finals of the Men’s 110m Hurdles up next. Wayne Davis(US) wins in 13.08 seconds. Teammate Booker Nunley 13.32 was second with Shane Braithwaite(Bar) third in 13.41 seconds.
5:28pm: The finalists in the women’s 100m hurdles on the line. They are off. Shermaine Williams of Jamaica leads and wins.  Rosemary Carty of Jam finished seconds with Raven Clay of US
5:07pm: The second semi final under starter’s orders. They are off. Dexter Lee of Jamaica wins. He said after the race “I just came out to qualify for the final”. Kendal Bachus of TT pulls up injured.
5:00pm: Second semi on the start again. D’Angelo Cherry of US takes an early leads and win cleary in 10.18 seconds. Shermund Allsop of TT second in 10.46 with Eric De Jesus of Brazil 10.50
4:55pm: The first of three heats in the men’s semifinals  on the line. False start.  The finalists in the women’s triple jump are introduced. 
4:54pm: The men’s Javelin finals about to start.
4:52pm; Levy ran 11.54, Chalas 11.62 with Nelcy Caicedo of Colombia in third in 11.72. 
4:50pm: The third  semi about to start. They are off. Levy of Jamaica takes the lead, Fany Chalas of Dom Rep first.  Levy said after the race “ I am pleased on making the finals.
4:45pm: Chalonda Goodman of the US wins the second semi in 11.22 seconds. Loudis Laarman(CAN) was second in 11.69 with Kai Selvon (TT) 11.75 seconds.I just wanted to get out and execute and make the finals. I think she can PR in the I
4:39pm: The finalists of the Men’s Discus are being introduced. Travis Finley of US leads after two rounds with 63.12.  Travis Smikle of Jamaica(57.18 is second with Richard Collingwood th
4:36pm: The first semi in the women’s 100m on their  marks. They are off. Amber Pervis say ‘the race of good. I didn’t get good start.
4:34pm: Bar raised to 1.76 metres. Men’s Discus finals underway.
4:32pm: Medal standing after morning session:
  • US    3   1   1
  • MEX  1   1   0
  • COL  1   0   1
  • CAN  1   0   1
  • CHI    0   0   1
4:28pm: The semifinals of the women’s 100m up next.  4:27pm: Brathwaite, 2007 World Youth Octathlon champion, said he switched from the multi-event to the hurdles because the octathlon was very demanding.
4:25pm: The finalists of the women’s Shot Putt are being introduced. The finalists for the Women’s triple jump are warming up.
4:22pm: the second semifinal is off. Shane Brathwaite of Barbados won from Booker Nunley of the US
4:18pm: Simon Leveille of Canada was second with Greggmar Swift of Barbados . The top three plus the next two fastest advance to the finals.
4:14pm: They are off.  Wayne Davis takes the lead after three hurdles after an indifferent start.  He comes through to win.  Speaking after the race, Davis says “ I want to see how much faster I can run in the finals.  I will try for the world record in the finals.
4:11pm: The athletes is the first heat are on the line. The athletes are being introduced.
4:08pm:The semifinals for the men’s 110m Hurdles are on at 4:10 pm.
4:04pm; Cultural item. The first events is Discus finals.  The athletes are warming up. That event should get underway soon.  The decathlon continues with the fourth event, High jump.
3:54pm: Minister of Sports and Youth Affairs, the Hon. Gary Hunte delivers the feature address and declares to the open.
3:45pm: IAAF area Representative Neville “Teddy’ McCook and Pan Amercian Athletics Commission Dr. Amadeo Francis. Garvin Nero reads athlete’s oath.
3:30pm: Opening ceremony begins with parade of teams